Friday, September 2, 2011

Which are the Innovative Game Companies?

Does anyone out there know any game companies, specifically RPG or wargame producers, that are doing new and innovative things from a business perspective?

By this, I don't mean companies that are putting out new and innovative products, or who are taking graphic design in bold new directions, or anything like that. I'm talking specifically about business decisions. Let me give you an example.

Chris at 6d6 RPG is doing several innovative things with his company. I don't know much about the game itself, but these seem like really interesting experiments from a business perspective.

First off, he is open about the process of coming up with pricing. Even though he's not running a publicly traded company, and therefore isn't required to report things like sales figures or other internal financial numbers, he does so regularly on the company's blog.

Second, 6d6 has what they call a "Living Document Promise". If you purchase a pdf from them or one of their retailers, you'll get free updates for that pdf. For life.

Third, he releases his material under a Creative Commons license. What this means is that folks are free, within certain limits, to share, modify, and adapt their rules and adventures, and even resell them!

Fourth, he's paying his writers 1/3 of the retail price of his books and pdfs. And the fact that he's telling his customers that fact up-front might make them a little more inclined to pay for things, even if they're a tad more expensive, because they know a goodly chunk of the money will actually end up in the pocket of the author.

So there's my question to you. Are there other companies out there making innovations on the business side of the RPG or wargames industries? Please share in the comments, and don't be afraid to tout your own company's innovations in this regard, should you happen to be a game publisher.