thread: 2012-03-13 : Indie POV pt 2: Does It Pay?

On 2012-03-14, timfire wrote:

There aren't any full-time COPs that I know of because the indie crowd dropped the expectation of working full-time at RPG publishing a long time ago. The old Forge crowd even actively discourages it.

That said, I think many designers could develop a full-time business if they so desired, though it would take some time.

IME, a moderately successful indie RPG will make around $20-30k (net profit) over the course of 5-ish years. I'll guess that translates to about $1.00 a word. So if someone decided to dedicate 40 hours a week to their RPG endeavors, and pumped out a game every 6 months or so, in 5 years they would be making $40-60k year.

And that would be for a moderately successful designer, not a superstar like Vincent.


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