ROLLING FOR INITIATIVE -- THE RETURN OF 'SPELLJAMMER' AND CONGRATS TO KYLIE PRIMUS AND JENNIFER WARD
Column by Scott Thorne
Posted by Scott Thorne on April 25, 2022 @ 2:21 am CT
I had planned to talk more about comics this week, since I received a couple of emails discussing things publishers could do to make comic sales easier for retailers, but then Wizards of the Coast decided to release a whole lot of information about upcoming releases, so comics get to take a back seat this week. Let us see, where to start. Oh, how about Spelljammer (see "Wizards of the Coast Announces Spelljammer: Adventures in Space")?
The format the company chose to revive this product in is a bit strange, though. It releases in a three-volume slipcase for $69.99, with all three books in hardcover and the total page count about equal to that of one of the company’s standard hardbacks. For $20 more, the buyer gets the same amount of material from what normally would be one rulebook, plus with a DM screen, slip case and poster, spread amongst three books. It seems that it would have been more customer-friendly, and more efficient, just to put out a single book. However, as a retailer, I will not turn down the extra $20 on the sale. Now, if we can just get a giant space hamster miniature, or even better, a miniature giant space hamster figure.
Wizards of the Coast Teases ‘D&D Dragonlance’s Return"). Although I've had a surprising number of people, at least to me, preorder the Spelljammer set, I expect to sell cases of the Dragonlance book, though I hope it is a campaign setting rather than a campaign. I've found that the setting books and rule supplements, over time, outsell the adventure modules.
One concern I have is the amount of material coming out for D&D. We have Monsters of the Multiverse in May, Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel in June and Spelljammer: Adventures in Space in August along with ancillary products like the miniatures lines and the D&D Tarot Deck (see "Predict Players Fortunes with the ‘Dungeons & Dragons Tarot Deck’"). Given the controversy over D&D back in the 80s and 90s, that last is an item I never thought would see the light of day. That is an awful lot of D&D products for the market to absorb.
New GAMA President is a Retailer). After the years retail members spent pushing for a seat at the GAMA table, it is rather amusing to see both retailer board members elected to officer positions.
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