RavenCoin (RVN) seems to have appeared out of nowhere for many people and there are still quite a lot of miners that are not aware of this potentially interesting crypto coin. Ravencoin is being described as “a use case specific blockchain designed to carry statements of truth about who owns what asset” and there is still a low unknown about the project. The interest in RVN however keeps growing and more people are getting interested in it and are starting to mine it and as a result the network is growing. You can keep track of how things move on on the useful Ravencoin Statistics website and how the network is progressing over time. The recent announcement that the Ravencoin roadmap and accompanying paper will be published on April 3 have further helped to increase the interest as currently there is just a short White Paper regarding the new X16r algorithm used by the coin.
Up until recently Ravencoin (RVN) was not traded on any exchange and was moved only as OTC sales and that is one of the reasons why the coin remained widely unknown for a while after its initial launch. Recently the decentralized exchange Crypto Bridge has added trading of RVN and that has helped move things further and help miners get more interest as they could easily sell coins. If you are interested in the profitability and are interested in just short term profit there is a useful RVN mining calculator that can give you an idea on how may coins you can mine and what profit you can expect. It can be useful for long term mining and holding as well as you can get an idea with what GPU mining hardware how many coins you can expect to mine, even though short term profitability does seem to be pretty good at the moment.
There is always a risk with new coins, especially when they tend to be more cryptic and not fully transparent at the beginning regarding what they are about and what their future plans are. So there is risk with Ravencoin (RVN) as well at this point as there are still a lot of unknowns, but higher risks do seem to pay out well if things tend to turn out for the better.