IMO Humble Monthly works much like an insurance (should), i.e. a large pool of subscribers paying on a regular basis, is what makes it possible for them to offer the high bang for the buck we’ve been used to, IOW it’s kind of a form of subsidy. If the entire line-up was revealed from the start, people would just selectively buy what they wanted, and the price would have to go up to compensate; never mind, of course, that the business model relies heavily on the effect of surprise, and that would disappear entirely.
Slay the Spire is currently on sale for about the same price as September’s, and rarely has been significantly cheaper.
The two August headliners were already worth about 2.5 times as much as the One Month subscription, alone.
Right now, I’d be hard pressed to name a competing offer that can come close to matching the combination of value-for-money and overall line-up quality as Humble Monthly.
I’d daresay the regular Humble Bundles are second best, but they trail by a non inconsiderable margin (inevitably).
With Monthly also come subscriber perks, that include a discount, currently amounting to 20%, on every store purchase, as well access to the DRM-Free Trove, which has all of the Humble Originals, as well as a number of other games, available for download for free.
In fact, if I pull the trigger on September, the second thing I’m going to do, after redeeming the key, is downloading A Short Hike from Trove
That sounds about fair, although I can’t help but wonder how much greater was Surviving Mars’s draw. Granted, Yoku isn’t the easiest sell, there’s the pinball mechanics and I imagine a majority just stops listening the moment they hear the word ‘platformer’.
My guess would be KC:D was a make-or-break proposition, so they needed to offer some appeasement to those who had zero or negative interest in KC:D.
IMO, subscription micromanagement is a niche hobby. In absolute terms, there’s a whole lot of them, but in the big picture they don’t matter all that much and putting too much effort into courting them specifically, might be a waste.
OTOH, managing the reveals correctly is key to ensure that the main subscriber base doesn’t dwindle, that would jeopardize the sustainability of the business model, potentially sparking a downward spiral that would be hard to stop.