Friday, August 4, 2017

RPGaDay Challenge 2017 - Day 3

Yikes! Already missed one. Can you believe that? Sorry folks.

Been a little preoccupied lately with life, and all the crazy projects I'm working on, not the least of which is my new My Hero Academia based Superhero campaign. 

Let's see now, number three huh? OK...

How do you not? Am I right folks? Thank you, thank you. Don't forget to tip your waiter, or waitress. I'll be here all week ladies, and gentlemen.

What? You don't get it? *Sigh* There's always a heckler.


Unless every chronometer, and calendar here at the Barking Alien blog is out of whack, it's the early part of the 21st century. We have the internet, a near boundless source of information accessible from a telecommunications device smaller than an original series Star Trek communicator that we carry in our pockets every day.

Any gamer who wants to know what new games, or game products are out, are coming out, or are thinking of coming out, are going to be listed, discussed, kickstarted, advertised, or otherwise announced somewhere on the internet. Several somewheres most likely. 

If RPGs are your thing, and you are interested in knowing about new ones, you'll be able to find out about them. Just off the top of my head I know I get info from EN World, Drivethrurpg, Google+, Youtube, blogs, and two different Facebook groups. To be clear, that's when I am not actively looking. That stuff just comes to me via RSS feeds, my blog, email, Facebook alerts, etc.

In addition, friends of mine who I game with send me announcements all the time.

My friendly local game store always tells me what's new when I go in to shop.

Finding out isn't the problem.

The problem is, how many people want to know?

Most gamers seem content to play 'their game', the same game, or small set of games, they've been playing since they started in the hobby. If a new supplement, or railroad path comes out for D&D, or Pathfinder they definitely know about it, I guarantee it.

New RPGs unrelated to one they already play? 

Interest in that varies widely, and while I think it may be better right now then it has been in past eras of the hobby, I think the desire, and search for new systems, genres, takes on old ideas, or whathaveyou are the domain of individuals, and communities. The bulk of participants in the hobby as a whole are going to stick with what they know. That's Human nature it seems. It's expected.

So in conclusion, it is IMHO that question #3 is sort of immaterial in a sense. How do you find new RPGs? However you want to with the vast plethora of sources. The bigger, more interesting question would be, "Do you look for new RPGs?"

I do.

Barking Alien

1 comment:

  1. Your mini-rant has some truth in there. There are probably more people like you and I (who look for new games) than we think. I just don't think there are as many as the number of new games being produced.