There's been a lot of talk about PDF pricing and how expensive it can get. Including my pricing of my own adventure. A lot of controversy surrounds the pricing of the Castle Keepers Guide. Over $30 for a PDF. I won't pay that much for a PDF because I would want it in print. If I am spending that much I want to be able to hold it in my hands without using two ink cartridges. But, I can think of one PDF that priced at $30 and did pretty well. The real kicker is it only had 37 pages to it. I am Mongoose, and so can you! is a 37 page PDF. It is now a Copper Pick. I see they dropped the price to $24, but I believe it achieved copper before lowering the price.
CKG is lingering in the top three at RPGNow and #32 on RPG Drivethru. So people are buying it. Just like people bought Mongoose's PDF. I'm not sure why, can't explain it, but there are enough people out there who will buy to have it right now. They don't want to wait. Although in the case of the CKG they've been waiting a few years.
But the other thing I want to mention is the cost of print books which I think are pricing themselves out of the hobby. I would love, love, love to get the Hacklopedia of Beasts from Kenzer & Company, but at the price tag of $60 (not including 10 bucks shipping), that isn't going to happen. It's going to be a beautiful and fantastic book, but I don't personally have that kind of money to plop down on one book. All these $40 rule books are pushing it these days. Steven Jackson Games put out Low-Tech at a $30 hard cover which isn't that bad these days, but it was incomplete and three companions were put out with on PDF which cost an additional $26. So that hardback just became $56 dollars.
I am writing this as someone who easily spends hundreds of dollars per year buying gaming stuff. Some people like read John Grisham or Nora Roberts novels, I like reading gaming books. I find myself spending more and more of my money on old school gaming stuff because it's my preferred choice and you get a lot of value for your money. It seems more of the expensive books are trying to dazzle you with artwork and fancy templates. Old school product may not have the dramatic artwork, but I much prefer the ink line drawings, they spur my imagination more that a blast of swirling colors and exaggerated power poses. There will be a few more typos in the independent products, but the writer's excitement is bursting throughout the pages. I think I've used this quote before and I think Beethoven may have said or at least in that one movie about him and I'm sure I'll misquote. "To miss a few notes is nothing. To play without passion is unforgivable."
I am done rambling now. I'm going to my bookstore they are closing down. That is my place I go to write. My place to go to get away for a while. I was my place of peace. Now it's going away. I guess all things change so now I need to find a new shrine to do my meditation in.