Sunday, June 23, 2013

Knowledge Illuminates Pay What You Want Update

I put Knowledge Illuminates on the Pay What You Want on RPGNow and now that its been over a couple of weeks I thought I would update how its been going.  I know some are interested. 

Total Sales: 51
Free: 38
.01:     1
.10:     1
.78:     1
$1:      5
$1.50: 1
$1.90: 1
$2:      2
$10:    1

Nearly 75% of sales were free downloads.  Of the thirteen paid sales I made $23.29 (not going to figure in the RPGNow cut).  I averaged .46/sale. 

This is a skewed result because KI has been out for a while and most who wanted it already got it.  While the results aren't spectacular they are interesting.  I appreciated who plunked some coins into the tin cup.  All the sales I made went to ConTessa fundit.  I'll keep KI on PWYW, but not sure if I would do it again.  I do like having the option though.

I'd be interested to see how others fared. 


  1. That is interesting. I am curious to hear about those who have started off a product as PWYW.

  2. As one of those free people, I'd feel guilty, except I deleted it almost right away.

    It's not bad, exactly, but it's mostly your campaign world, I guess, and not so much of an adventure.

    1. Not a problem. I wouldn't people to feel guilty at all for snagging a free copy. I think it's a good idea to check it out before hand. Like in your case, it wasn't for you and I can understand that. I DL products from RPGNow and delete them after I've checked them out. The main reason is they just don't work for me. So I'm glad you at least checked it out Jeremy.

  3. This is a skewed result because KI has been out for a while and most who wanted it already got it.

    Actually, I can see that being the ideal time for a PWYW sale. You're looking for people who might have some interest but not at the current price point. After enough time you've probably gotten a vast majority of the original price point sales. If you've amortized your costs and gotten a good ROI afterwards PWYW might be the way the work the long tale more than periodic discounting.

    That said, I would say PWYW needs a reserve option, PWYW with a 2 drink minimum.