Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Would Eberron have been successful if it WAS NOT made by WOTC?

While working on Pirates of the Bronze Sky, I came up with this little thought.  I have to think that "No, it would have not" is the correct answer to my question.  While and exciting and interested setting, there were several other of the setting that made it to the semifinalist round and were released to smaller RPG companies but never went ANYWHERE.  DawnForge and Morningstar are excellent examples of that. Does that mean Eberron was only good because Wizards of the Coast and their marketing budget made it successful not the actual quality setting and material itself? If Wayne Reynolds had not done the covers, would it have done as well? There are 24 RPG products, 40 novels, 1 comic book and two video games based off of the material in Eberron.  Is Eberron that good or is WOTC great at just marketing anything no matter the real quality level of the products they will sell?  Any setting that WOTC makes and would consider "niche", could support a small RPG company for years, if not a decade. Just something to think about next time you are putting together a setting for you RPG Company.  Talk to you later...