Monday, September 3, 2018

Counter Culture: Are The Stars Now Right?

I've been a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos since The Collect Call of Cthulhu Episode of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon. When I first got into gaming, I had a small amount of knowledge of the Mythos, mostly through Brian Lumley, but no one else in the group shared my interest. Our DM, Todd, talked about hearing about the Sanity mechanic in Chaosium's Call of Cthuhlu RPG and that kept him from getting into it.

Further, as a the Manager of Comic Book World in KY for the last 19 years, CoC has never been a big seller for our stores. Honestly, for many years, I was lucky if I would sell one copy each year. I can't tell what it is about our market, but d100 games (CoC, RuneQuest, etc.) have never sold well.

However, this year that has changed. I'd gladly stocked the 7th Edition of Call of Cthulhu and watched it sit there for months. However, since May, I'm selling at least three copies of the main rulebook each month. It's exciting. I'd like to take credit for it, but I've talked about the Mythos as much this year as I have any other year. I know I have at least three groups actively running it, and I'm glad for that.

While I know that there were more significant changes to 7th Edition, than we've seen in decades, I honestly don't know what is causing the upsurge. I only question it to learn about market. Hopefully, this trend will continue, because at this point, CoC is my tied with Savage Worlds for my second/third best selling RPG line.

And that makes me happy.

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