Some Polar Numbers
As a fun end of year exercise I collated the all-time download figures from this site of the various Polar Blues Press products
The totals look something like this:
Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands is way ahead in downloads, partly because it was based on Fate which is always popular but also because it’s been out longer. The numbers for Cyberblues City aren’t too bad either for a Fudge based game; I suspect the review at http://www.thefreerpgblog.com/2016/02/mellow-cyberblues-city-by-polar-blues.html helped. Lawmen v Outlaw hasn’t got a lot of traction, which is a shame because I think it’s a really good design. The figures for Mutant Bikers of the Atomic Wastelands are a bit misleading because the game the game predates this site by a couple of decades. It remains the game of mine that mostly frequently quoted on gaming forums, but it still nice to see people keep discovering it.
The purpose of posting this is help any hobbyist game designer to get a feel of what can be achieved without much fuss or fanfare. The thing to consider is that if these were commercial games rather than free pdfs, the actual number of copies in circulation would be just a tiny fraction. There is no way I woulud have sold nearly 3000 copies of BHAW, for small publishers, games sales into the 100s are considered a success. As such there is clearly a trade-off between reaching many more gamers with your creations and trying to make get a return for your efforts. I am happy with my choice, but it’s a very personal choice to make.
And while I’m, I’ll leave you with one of the illustrations from Lawmen v Outlaws.
Merry Christmas from Polar Blues Press.