My objectives in putting together this Anime/Manga Table Top Gaming theme month were pretty simple.
First, I wanted to inform.
I thought, 'Here is something I know something about, that I enjoy, have fun with and maybe others would have fun with it too, if they knew about it'.
Second, I wanted to reach out.
I thought, 'Maybe someone out there in the vast expanse of webspace is a fan of Anime/Manga gaming already and nobody is talking to them on the various gaming blogs'. Perhaps someone would see a post and say, "What? You like mixing your love of Japanese pop culture with your love of RPGs? So do I!" Maybe someone always wanted to try it but didn't know where to start. This would be for them as well.
Third, it's an ego trip.
Not all my motivations are purely altruistic. OK, most of them are but I'm not ashamed to say that I like being the guy who says, "I know about this offbeat but really cool thing. Come check out my blog where I will tell you about this offbeat, really cool thing nobody else is telling you about because they'd rather talk about the same old stuff".
The problem is, it's not exactly working as planned. Few people seem interested. People are reading it but there is no discussion. Not even a, "That sounds cool! I didn't know that existed."
As my wise friend Lord Blacksteel said:
"I think that's the biggest problem here BA - you'd have better luck finding some Anime fans and convincing them to play one of these than you would convincing the typical RPG group to play a game where everyone is a maid or non-violent animals. It's just way outside most RPG-era frame of reference."
Is it? Maybe it is. Maybe it's just too different and that level of crossover from one fandom to the other is too rare.
While Anime and Manga have become fairly mainstream (or as mainstream as any fandom related subject can be), RPG gaming still feels rather fringe at times (appearance on Community not withstanding). I am beginning to see why. We are very set in our ways we gamers. Not unlike comic book fans and I'm sure many other subgroups of geekness. The new and different is great, over there, where it can't bother us or intrude on our doing things the way we like them done.
That's unfortunate for me. I am left out of the 'we' and the 'our'. I like what I like and don't like what I don't, don't get me wrong in that regard. At the same time, I do always seem to be the fellow on the outside saying, "Why can't we try something new?". "Why can't we say yes to players?". "Who cares if they want a honking big sword if we all agree it still only does what a broad sword does?".
I do have a few more entries I'd very much like to tell you about, after that I will probably ease up on the theme and say whatever happens to be on my mind.
Next month's theme is Dungeons and Dragons.
Wonder if anyone will come by for that (eye roll).