More than a few times, and bordering on a lot, I’ve been told by more experienced folk in the gaming business that sci-fi games simply don’t sell. Sci-fi RPGs, be they Alternity or Trinity, fail to find the kind of audiences that fantasy RPGs do, be they D&D or Vampire. For sci-fi elements to sell, they have to be mixed with fantasy, to create things like Warhammer 40k. (Or, as one retailer I knew put it, you have to trick people into buying sci-fi games.) I’ve pitched numerous sci-fi RPGs, card games, and board games only to be rebuffed, time and again, by this notion. And I have to assume that it’s accurate, because it’s been told to me by several learned people, and because I’ve never really been able to challenge the lesson.
What do you think?