Archive for the 'Growing Pains' Category

Let This Be a Sign Unto You

2009 Jun 10

Hey, it’s the first thread about the “SG community”, which means that forum’s useful days are numbered (i.e. things have gotten so strained that folks stop ignoring it and start talking about it). I’m only somewhat kidding. When the Forge started having umpteen threads about what the Forge was and how to be supportive and etc., that’s when you knew things were pretty much over. Of course, the Forge is still a great place now for specific purposes, but is very different than it was before, so I imagine SG will similarly stick around to fulfill a much smaller niche (direct promotion, perhaps).

My best guess is that we won’t see another forum that serves as a gathering place for all of indie roleplaying. Things are so diverse and fragmented right now that blabbing and design will happen in a dozen different places, only coming together at conventions and meetups. The end of an era? Perhaps, but the beginning of another one as well.

What “Indie” Means Now

2008 Aug 20

Elliot Wilen and I have been having a pretty cool discussion over here. I feel not entirely qualified to speak authoritatively on this subject, since I wasn’t at GenCon to take the current pulse of the post-Forge community. Honestly, the excitement and sense of connectedness that followed GenCon this year seems stronger than ever before, which I find encouraging in a time when design and play preferences seem to be diverging.

Luke & Vincent Share a Difficult Conversation

2008 Mar 20

I’m not sure if I can do this conversation justice, but it’s a very important thing to listen to, since it gets at many of the major issues at the heart of indie roleplaying’s current period of self-reflection and adjustment: mutualism, money, egos, feeling supported by your fellow designers, quality, being the prettiest or the best, social circles, regionalism, punk-rock do-it-yourself style, talking shit on the internet, retreating from the internet, blogs vs. forums vs. face-to-face, hurt feelings, looking backward, and looking forward.