I just don’t know. WOTC and SJG made their fortunes on doing what was popular, White Wolf and Chaosium made their way on their own. My instinct is to break away in my own direction, do what hasn’t been done. For instance, 10 out of the 30 races in my game are considered elves. But only one or two are stereotypical elves. Haughty, whimsical, erudite or enlightened. There are bloodthirsty elves, races of warrior elves and more traditional elves as well. Is this a let down? Will this interest RPG gamers? Will this help or hurt sales?
Author of Lands of Lore (Still in beta)