Monday, 11 February 2019

Can you make money from writing games?

Occasionally when I talk to people, they express surprise that I write games as my primary job or that you can make money from writing gaming material.

Now, nobody would doubt that the likes of Games Workshop or Wizards of the Coast are making money, but in the indie trenches?
Surely it's all enthusiast works for beer money?

No, not in the slightest.

You can make legitimate money.
Not great money. Probably can't pay all of your living expenses through it.
But rent? Certainly.

I've had a few people mention that they'd like to hear me talk about that, so I figure I'll make a few blog posts doing just that over the next few days.

Here's a few caveats up front:

* I am going to be talking about writing war games and miniatures games.
I only dabble in the RPG field a tiny bit.

Now, I think a lot of this is very applicable to the RPG field as well, but just keep in the back of your mind that some parts might differ.

RPG stuff makes bigger money, but it's also a far more crowded field.

* I am going to be talking from the experience of doing everything yourself indie-style.
If you are looking to get published through a company, I can't help you directly but I'm sure some of the advice will still be relevant.

* Nobody says you have to make gaming your job and many people would prefer not to do so.
I still love gaming, but many people prefer having a separation between what they do for fun and what they do for money.
Think about what you want to do and stick to that.

* Even if you don't want to make money, there's a lot of pride in actually finishing a project and putting it out there.
Even if it's just once and it only ever sells 10 copies.

* I like to think I'm good at what I do, but maybe I also got lucky.
So it's not a recipe. It's just my take on it.

I am not sure how many posts there'll be. I have 12ish topics on my notepad, though a couple of them might be too short to put up individually.

If you want to send me any questions you have, I'll try to work those in as well.