The ever-interesting Purple Pawn has published its 2012 Game Industry Survey of retailers, publishers, and distributors. The link to the actual pdf report is in the above article, but the highlights from my perspective are:
- Pathfinder is outselling Dungeons & Dragons by a significant margin
- There are a ton of one-and-two-man game companies out there
- The larger companies are doing better, as a group, than the smaller ones
- Distributors are like the Federal Reserve. Seems like they print their own money. :-)
Read the whole survey; it's fascinating stuff.