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  1. #1
    Galwylin
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    BR Cancellation

    At 10:15 PM 1/1/00 -0500, J. D. Lail wrote:
    >Ready for a shock ? According to a TSR staffer Sean
    >Reynolds in the BR folder on the TSR website it seems
    >that as a product the Birthright Boxed Set Lost Money.
    >Not a lot but since that item should be the best selling
    >one in the line if it lost money then you can bet that
    >the expansions were not much better if at all.

    I guess its not surprising cause it seems every line was losing money
    except the Realms. But why did they reprint the box set when the first
    went OOP? At the first of the year was when I got into Birthright and the
    set was out of print. I ended up finding a used copy from one of the
    online stores that deal in OOP but news was that TSR had gone back to the
    printer with it. After not being able to find or order a brand new copy
    when I got mine, it was available everywhere and then they cancelled it.
    They do things strange if you ask me. I would have rather they held off
    reprinting the box (which is supposed to be expensive itself) and keep
    plans to do the hardcover.

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    Galwylin
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    BR Cancellation

    At 10:54 AM 10/7/98 -0700, Gary V. Foss wrote:
    >
    >A. Market it as a part of the core rules with the domain turns part of the
    >basic AD&D 3rd edition rules that are supposedly in development.

    I would be willing to see the domain turns become part of the core (2nd or
    3rd Edition) but I'd like Birthright itself to remain a distinct setting
    that uses those. That way, everyone can be a regent no matter the setting
    and Birthright retains its uniqueness.

    >B. Lower the production values a bit. Oh, I know it's nice to have full
    color
    >backgrounds on all the pages of the Campaign expansions, but who really needs
    >that? I certainly don't. I'm perfectly happy with black text on white paper
    >with a few nice illustrations from time to time. Besides, you get more info
    >that way.

    I love that color backgrounds but I'm with you. Black on white works just
    as well.

    >C. Release things on the web. This is an area that I think these guys really
    >should look into. With the rerelease of the core rules on CD-ROM, I really
    >think the company formerly known as TSR should start thinking about releasing
    >stuff over the web using charge cards and RTF formats. Gobs of people have
    >credit cards and computers or can pilfer them from people who do. Especially
    >we demented gamer types. Why not generate some revenue from that website,
    >man? Amazon.com is HUGE, guys! Get a clue! One up them by allowing your
    >customers to download the product directly onto their PCs and charge them for
    >it.

    Afraid I'm not willing to pay for something like this that isn't a physical
    object I can take away from the computer and use. But they could do like
    Amazon.com and sell books directly to customers without the middle men.
    I'd use that service but not one where I just recieve a file. There would
    be too much pirating anyway. Imagine if they had charged for the Muden
    guide, probably more would have a copy than had paid for it.

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    Galwylin
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    BR Cancellation

    At 07:45 PM 10/7/98 PDT, Sweet Home wrote:
    >
    >Funny you mention it went out of print... If Tsr was stupid enough to
    >make a box set knowing that if all were sold they would loose money no
    >wonder why WoTC bought them!!!

    This was after the buyout so I dunno what's up with that.

    >Also, if it went OOP then sales must not have been that bad. Well this
    >is strange, the best campaign world and fantasy setting ending its life
    >so early in its product life...

    Some weird things to me are:
    1) Birthright going out of print before the new edition comes out so they
    reprint it
    2) the Shadowstone novel is handed over to the Realms before the
    publication of the 98 WotC catalog and the cancelling the Birthright line
    3) Cancelling a product (the hardcover) that was supposed to decrease the
    cost of producing a box and appeal to the adventuring public more.

    It makes me wonder if sales were too low and costing them money or the
    profit margin was too small where they weren't making much over the cost of
    production.

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    Galwylin
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    BR Cancellation

    At 04:17 AM 10/8/98 -0700, Brian Stoner wrote:
    >
    >Perhaps a
    >seperate box, "Maps of Cerilia" or somesuch, could be sold separately and
    >contain full size poster maps.

    They should look into doing that for every setting. I heard countless
    stories of people using their maps so throughly that they need new ones.
    They just don't want to buy the whole box set again to get them. This
    would give TSR a product that appeals to new and old gamers alike.
    Everyone likes maps and eventually everyone needs new ones.

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    BenandAmy
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    BR Cancellation

    - -----Original Message-----
    From: J. D. Lail
    To: birthright@MPGN.COM
    Date: Wednesday, October 07, 1998 12:10 PM
    Subject: [BIRTHRIGHT] - BR Cancellation


    >Ready for a shock ? According to a TSR staffer Sean
    >Reynolds in the BR folder on the TSR website it seems
    >that as a product the Birthright Boxed Set Lost Money.
    >Not a lot but since that item should be the best selling
    >one in the line if it lost money then you can bet that
    >the expansions were not much better if at all.
    >
    >In a later post he also stated that the Players Secrets
    >were found to be competing with each other.Too many were
    >being sold at one time.
    >
    >L8R


    This, Is probably true, but in my experience, they didn't sell because
    they weren't on the shelves---not because people didn't want them. I bought
    everything I could find, and so did a few other people I know. It was
    pathetic---we would scout the shops every other day waiting for this stuff
    to come in so we could get them before anyone else could. It just wasn't
    available. IS ANYONE LISTENING AT TSR??????
    Maybe I'm the exception, I don't know.

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    Gary V. Foss
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    BR Cancellation

    J. D. Lail wrote:

    > Ready for a shock ? According to a TSR staffer Sean
    > Reynolds in the BR folder on the TSR website it seems
    > that as a product the Birthright Boxed Set Lost Money.
    > Not a lot but since that item should be the best selling
    > one in the line if it lost money then you can bet that
    > the expansions were not much better if at all.
    >
    > In a later post he also stated that the Players Secrets
    > were found to be competing with each other.Too many were
    > being sold at one time.

    Since this sparked my interest enough to look up the actual posts that J.D.
    mentions I thought other folks might find them interesting too, so here they
    are:

    >Birthright was a very expensive product line to produce. It was barely
    >making any money - barely enough to support itself; even the box set was
    >unprofitable due to some bad decisions made in marketing it. TSR is
    >analyzing ways that BR could be brought back in a profitable manner. There
    >are many people here that love the setting and would like to see it in
    >print again.

    Now this message says quite a bit to me. First, it says they realize that the
    problem with the BR sales were some bad decisions in marketing the setting. I
    actually see this as good news. I mean, they aren't thinking that the setting
    is crap, so they just want to drop it. A rerelease of the setting might be
    doubtful, but not impossible. As several people have pointed out, the
    marketing of the BR setting was really bad. It made BR look like a
    strategy/board game with all the numbers on the province maps and the
    description of the setting as a place where rulers struggled against one
    another.

    The other message:

    >Actually, we heard a lot of good things from fans about the domain
    >sourcebooks, but the problem was that TSR was releasing 4 of them at a
    >time - they were competing with each other, and so sales weren't that
    >good.

    >And the first goal is to make the campaign setting (the stand-alone main
    >product) profitable. If that isn't profitable, everything else isn't going
    >to help much.

    Again, I see this as active interest on the part of TSR/WotWC (or I guess it's
    WotWC/TSR, isn't it?) about the setting. Oh, I know this could be unreasonable
    optimism on my part, but I think there are several things they could do to make
    the setting more profitable.

    A. Market it as a part of the core rules with the domain turns part of the
    basic AD&D 3rd edition rules that are supposedly in development.

    B. Lower the production values a bit. Oh, I know it's nice to have full color
    backgrounds on all the pages of the Campaign expansions, but who really needs
    that? I certainly don't. I'm perfectly happy with black text on white paper
    with a few nice illustrations from time to time. Besides, you get more info
    that way.

    C. Release things on the web. This is an area that I think these guys really
    should look into. With the rerelease of the core rules on CD-ROM, I really
    think the company formerly known as TSR should start thinking about releasing
    stuff over the web using charge cards and RTF formats. Gobs of people have
    credit cards and computers or can pilfer them from people who do. Especially
    we demented gamer types. Why not generate some revenue from that website,
    man? Amazon.com is HUGE, guys! Get a clue! One up them by allowing your
    customers to download the product directly onto their PCs and charge them for
    it.

    Gary

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    BR Cancellation

    BenandAmy (xanadu@pdq.net) wrote:

    - -> This, Is probably true, but in my experience, they didn't sell because
    - -> they weren't on the shelves---not because people didn't want them.

    I have to agree with Benand, atleast I didn't see more than 2 Birthright
    settings Boxes over here in Gothenburg. One of the stores stopped to take in
    BR stuff as they thought quite early that the BR wouldn't have a future.

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    > This, Is probably true, but in my experience, they didn't sell because
    >they weren't on the shelves---not because people didn't want them. I bought
    >everything I could find, and so did a few other people I know. It was
    >pathetic---we would scout the shops every other day waiting for this stuff
    >to come in so we could get them before anyone else could. It just wasn't
    >available. IS ANYONE LISTENING AT TSR??????
    >Maybe I'm the exception, I don't know.


    Oh...I wouldn't describe you as an exception...I have that problem with
    most gaming products around...that's why at least once a quarter...I head to
    LA to do some shopping...and even there I usually have to hit several stores
    to find what I'm looking for...and it isn't because of us lacking stores
    here in Vegas....there are just too many products that don't reach the
    shelves...
    I don't believe, however that this is entirely TSRs fault...but rather
    problems with various shops...because they don't get things...or get too few
    of them because a fair number of them have to pre purchase however much they
    order...and they don't want to get stuck with unsold merchandise. There are
    a few however that are too stupid to be in business...one of the stores in
    town here that won't order things for a customer even if he asks...too much
    bother I guess...
    CIAO

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    >C. Release things on the web. This is an area that I think these guys
    really
    >should look into. With the rerelease of the core rules on CD-ROM, I really
    >think the company formerly known as TSR should start thinking about
    releasing
    >stuff over the web using charge cards and RTF formats. Gobs of people have
    >credit cards and computers or can pilfer them from people who do.
    Especially
    >we demented gamer types. Why not generate some revenue from that website,
    >man? Amazon.com is HUGE, guys! Get a clue! One up them by allowing your
    >customers to download the product directly onto their PCs and charge them
    for
    >it.


    Interesting that you should mention this...I was recently talking with
    someone at TSR concerning something similar to this...I suggested to them
    that they release things in a fashion similar to what Hero Games has started
    doing...and that is as a .PDF file. Which is somewhat more likely than as
    an RTF format...because PDF is not easy or convenient to change...which an
    RTF is...and he told me they'd look into it...don't know if that makes it
    likely at all...but the nice thing with doing it as PDF files...you can
    format the file exactly as you want it...including color
    backgrounds...pictures...whatever..but the problem with doing it that
    way...while significantly reducing their costs to market...it also will
    reduce the number of units they will sell...because when someone buys a
    copy...all they have to do...is print a copy for themselves...and another
    for any of their friends who wants one...which of course may or may not be
    legal...but I wouldn't say that it is very ethical...but I guarantee that it
    will happen...on the other hand that might get the game to spread enough
    that more people would play and buy the other products for the game...I'd
    guess that was the purpose FASA had when they released the main book for
    Earthdawn as a file and gave it away free...
    CIAO

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    Jim Cooper
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    BR Cancellation

    BenandAmy wrote:
    >It was pathetic---we would scout the shops every other day waiting for this stuff to come in so we could get them before anyone else could. It just wasn't available. IS ANYONE LISTENING AT TSR??????
    > Maybe I'm the exception, I don't know.

    Nope. Exactly the same in my town. Fortunately, I scoured
    several cities at once. :)

    Cheers,
    Darren

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