Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Labyrinth Lord and Google searches

If you go to Google Insight you can track the search trends of key words or phrases. A Labyrinth Lord search is here.

The stats make a lot of sense really. The searches begin in 2007, obviously, because that is when LL was first released. It looks like there was a sort of flat trend in searches until April 2008, but with major highs and lows, until May 2008 when we start to see a steady rise. That is about the time of the Labyrinth Lord distribution drive, and after that searches have been on a definite rise, but again with highs and lows, but lows haven't been nearly so drastic.

I don't want to read too much into this, but at least as reflected in Google searches there seems to be an ever steady increase lately in interest in Labyrinth Lord. I can say that sales, especially hard copy sales through Lulu, have been steady since May 2008, with a tendency to rise over the last 3 months or so.


Dan of Earth said...

Another thing that happened around May 2008, I think, is that D&D 4e was starting to be released with the quick start rules, soon followed by the books I think in June 2008.

Restless said...

It's also interesting to add a few alternatives in there, like "swords & wizardry" and "castles & crusades". The numbers are all the more impressive to see the differences in the curves as of late.

Dan of Earth said...

I would have expected C&C to have a big upswing but it looks like it has been relatively the same since a few months after it was released.