|Joshua James Jordan|
Jason Tondro wrote:
P2 had a great reception at GenCon, and the sight of so many players enjoying our game is indeed unforgettable.Arklore wrote:I am interested in what we are using as a metric for why we believe 5E is crushing it.According to Mike Mearls's twitter feed (and I see no reason to disbelieve him), the 5E core books have sold more copies in the last five years than the 3e, 3.5, and 4e core books combined. By any standard, 5e is crushing it. Fortunately, there is more than one way to crush it, and our hobby is large enough for many successful companies (and getting larger every year!).
OF course, they get a LOT more quiet if one asks for the actual numbers and specifically those numbers that are NOT the PHB.
Many have bought multiple PHB's (I bought 3 and I don't even have 5e as my main game...don't ask how many P1e corebooks I have) and it's the same person. In some ways they are extrapolating the number of PHB's sold to how many players are playing 5e...which could mean that some of their numbers are flawed...especially when we don't know how the numbers sold relate to the number of DMG's sold.
Mearls has also said similar things in the past about 4e that were shown to be true, but ONLY from a very specific point of view rather than being able to be taken at face value.
That said, I still would agree...5e is crushing it and D&D right now is probably more popular as a game than it has been previously for the past 20 years (at least).
DNDBeyond, a product that I wish Paizo could mirror, allows DMs to share their purchased content with players in their campaigns. If you're going to bother DMing 5E, you might as well buy it via there, which may or may not count for 5E's total sales according to classical book best seller data.