Another Decade of Tabletop Gaming!

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Another Decade of Tabletop Gaming!

A new year, a new decade ... what does the future hold for RPG lovers?

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Just going to mention that the decade ran from 2000-2009. The decade is determined by the second last number, no one called 1990 the 80's.

On a more related note that was a very bizarre article one which even as a commited RPG playing nerd freaks me out. I dont play DnD though so I dont think I will be as affected by the massive shift in culture as other RPGers in fact likely my games will be shifted to a new niche where we are mocked by the now popular DnD crowd.

Happy New Year.

Kaihlik

April comes earlier every year. ;)

What a beautiful dream. I am, however, taking you at your word for the 2013 release date of your book. Let me know when I can pre-order it.

Kaihlik:
Just going to mention that the decade ran from 2000-2009. The decade is determined by the second last number, no one called 1990 the 80's.

You are conventional, but not correct.

Heh. I particularly liked the line about Twilight fans not being able to understand the rules to their game, but I suppose I'm bashing on a dead, multi-million dollar horse at this point.

Only on The Escapist does an article featuring a naked girl laying on a Satanic altar lead to a debate about the calendar. :-|

My bet... somehwere in this decade we will see ShadowRun 5th edition... maybe for 2012 to fit with the awakening?
They start to run out of stuff to release on 4th edition.

if only this would come true

Check For Traps:
It will once again be impossible to get a seat at Starbucks because of all the damn Magic: The Gathering players.

Magic: The Gathering? How the hell will we afford that?

At least with D&D you can share books!

:D I love'ith thy predictions!!!

Huh. I'm just going to continue on playing GURPS like I have been doing.

Well that gave me a good chuckle, especially the bit about the "new" editions of D&D in light of our past interactions on the relative merits of 4th Edition - if that actually happened I think I would laugh for days on end, heh. The natural synergy between Metal and gamers of the table-top variety though is one of those funny aspects of a genre that the average non-listener doesn't pick up on: Metal is, in the large, exceptionally nerdy. Power Metal in particular is more often than not exactly what your average sweeping fantasy campaign would sound like if you asked a bunch of dudes with long hair and loud instruments to sing about it, and any given Metal song is very likely to be based on or inspired by our collective nerdy "sacred cows".

*Scarpers off to go back to listening to his new Progressive Metal/Space Rock concept album about science fiction films and franchises like The Matrix, Firefly, Planet of the Apes, Children of Men, A Clockwork Orange, The 12 Monkeys, and Escape from New York*

Apparently there's no room in this new decade for mellow pop-rock fans who aren't really fond of DnD and other grognard-tastic pen and paper games... It's fine, I'll just be happy in my corner.

/me goes off to play Mouseguard and highly cinematic games with wacky gunfights and 'splosions with rules that don't take a million years to learn.

"White Wolf's drama-free World of Darkness"

First time that phrase has ever seen the light of day. White Wolf's tragically romantic (or maybe just tragic) vamp fans have been cutting themselves since before most Twi-hards were even born. (Full disclosure: I played in a large, long-running VtM larp. Surprise revelation: although the players included every stereotype you would expect and the action was dictated more by who wanted to screw (in all senses) who irl than anything else, it was actually fun.)

Archon:
Only on The Escapist does an article featuring a naked girl laying on a Satanic altar lead to a debate about the calendar. :-|

That had me cracking up. Still is a shame about Axe and the D&D with porn stars.

Wait, if they are back tracking into harder D&D, does that mean they will be bringing back the random tables? There was a surprising lack of those in 4e and one of the most enjoyable about 2e.

White Wolf's going to lead the pack of East Coast gangsta-RPGers? Wouldn't they have to, y'know, start publishing books again?

As a big Paizo fan you did get me with saying Pathfinder would take over 4th ed rules to pick up the slack for the new old school gamers. Well played, sir.

I believe /tg/ should make the 5th Edition Handbook.

Also, WHERE THE HELL IS MY 40K UPDATE!?

Meh D'n'D always had far too many constraints and way too much crunch to hold my attention.
If this bizarre collection of prophecies comes true then I hope wizards look more towards narrative systems such as Fate and PDQ.

An interesting read, funny indeed, and I hope to see an exploration of other systems and gaming antics in this new year of 2011 AD.

Archon:
Only on The Escapist does an article featuring a naked girl laying on a Satanic altar lead to a debate about the calendar. :-|

... + 1 to you, sir! That was HILARIOUS.

Back on topic - I think it was about half way through the 1st page I realized that this was one of those kinds of posts. The part about D&D having a resurgence was plausible, but... yeah.

And here I was hoping for an actual discussion on the subject. Meh.

Anacortian:

Kaihlik:
Just going to mention that the decade ran from 2000-2009. The decade is determined by the second last number, no one called 1990 the 80's.

You are conventional, but not correct.

To be pedantic, I would say that he is correct by virtue of being conventional. To think of the 90s as 1991-2000 would be grossly impractical, which is why 99.99% of people regard the decade as running from 1990-1999. What does it honestly matter that there was no 'year zero'? What bearing does it have on the practicalities of a modern dating system?

"and gamers will wear even more black clothes than they do now"
Okay, now all other predictions you made are 10,000% believable, but this... only 99% I'm afraid :P

It's true that tabletops were popular in the 70s, but that was before videogames... Now we not only have a niche group who plays games regularly but a large amount of casual gamers, who will turn to what they know already rather than something new (tabletop games). Unfortunately I've shot down one of your points/hopes.

I've never gotten a real tabletop experience, I picked through the rule books of D&D 3.5 and 4.0 with 2 other guys one time but we were all new. My hope is that virtual tabletops will become popular.

TheWeis:
It's true that tabletops were popular in the 70s, but that was before videogames... Now we not only have a niche group who plays games regularly but a large amount of casual gamers, who will turn to what they know already rather than something new (tabletop games). Unfortunately I've shot down one of your points/hopes.

Don't be silly. These "videogames" are just a fad for the kids. I guarantee you that by the decade's end, more people will be playing D&D than World of Warcraft or Left for Dead. Want to bet?

You know, writing fan fiction that ends with you winning is considered the lowest form of nerdness, especially considering you mentioned lots of porn stars at the start, and I believe you name dropped the furry subculture... In fact, acording to this chart:
http://toogeekyforyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/geek-hierarchy.bmp
I think you are currently at or very near the bottom.

But you know, fun story bro.

It's a shame that I will never play dungeons and dragons, even though i'd like to.

Great if D&D5th turns out to be like 4th I might have to switch to Labyrinth Lord, weee.

I've wanted to play a tabletop RPG for a very long time... Unfortunately, that's not possible because it's a TABLETOP RPG, meaning that I need to find three or four people, at the least, who are willing to spend hours sitting around a table, doing maths. This would not be hard in a civilised country, I am sure, but I live in Australia.

And have you any idea what it's like, looking inwards from the outside? D&D, Warmachine, Magic, 40K... the terminology alone is enough to sink even the most avid of linguaphiles.
Still, fanfiction in an Escapist column. Cool story bro, and I wish it would happen, but... eh.

Amnestic:
Heh. I particularly liked the line about Twilight fans not being able to understand the rules to their game, but I suppose I'm bashing on a dead, multi-million dollar horse at this point.

I like it too, but more for the implications about Monte Cook and his skill and style as a game designer.

Archon:
Don't be silly. These "videogames" are just a fad for the kids. I guarantee you that by the decade's end, more people will be playing D&D than World of Warcraft or Left for Dead. Want to bet?

Are you kidding? Do you really think video games are a fad? I certainly hope not if you're a writer for the escapist, because I assume a person who submits a column here would watch or read the other content being put up here. Video games aren't going away.

So yes, $20 says D&D shrinks further or goes digital while video games grow.

TheWeis:

Archon:
Don't be silly. These "videogames" are just a fad for the kids. I guarantee you that by the decade's end, more people will be playing D&D than World of Warcraft or Left for Dead. Want to bet?

Are you kidding? Do you really think video games are a fad? I certainly hope not if you're a writer for the escapist, because I assume a person who submits a column here would watch or read the other content being put up here. Video games aren't going away.

So yes, $20 says D&D shrinks further or goes digital while video games grow.

My bet was that more people will be playing D&D than Wow or LFD. Think it through.

In any event, I can assure you that when I say that video games are a fad, I am every bit as serious as when I say that there will be a Twilight RPG designed by Monte Cook that comes with body glitter.

Rocketboy13:
You know, writing fan fiction that ends with you winning is considered the lowest form of nerdness, especially considering you mentioned lots of porn stars at the start, and I believe you name dropped the furry subculture... In fact, acording to this chart:
http://toogeekyforyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/geek-hierarchy.bmp
I think you are currently at or very near the bottom.

But you know, fun story bro.

Wow.

I certainly can't claim to be anything but nerdy, but I have no idea why you think I wrote fan fiction.

ENKC:

Anacortian:

Kaihlik:
Just going to mention that the decade ran from 2000-2009. The decade is determined by the second last number, no one called 1990 the 80's.

You are conventional, but not correct.

To be pedantic, I would say that he is correct by virtue of being conventional. To think of the 90s as 1991-2000 would be grossly impractical, which is why 99.99% of people regard the decade as running from 1990-1999. What does it honestly matter that there was no 'year zero'? What bearing does it have on the practicalities of a modern dating system?

I agree. When somebody mis-defines the decade, I keep my mouth shut. When another, however, puts on there big-boy pants and corrects somebody, Kaihlik better be right. If he is not, then I'll call him on it.

Correcting somebody on a mild point is rude. Correcting a mistaken corrector is compulsory. You and Kaihlik are wrong. If you were wrong in your own work on such a minor point, then you would not here from me. But this is another's work upon which you are shitting; thence I must say you are being both an ignoramus and an ass.

TheWeis:
It's true that tabletops were popular in the 70s, but that was before videogames... Now we not only have a niche group who plays games regularly but a large amount of casual gamers, who will turn to what they know already rather than something new (tabletop games). Unfortunately I've shot down one of your points/hopes.

I've never gotten a real tabletop experience, I picked through the rule books of D&D 3.5 and 4.0 with 2 other guys one time but we were all new. My hope is that virtual tabletops will become popular.

Well I know for a fact that there is already virtual tabletop programs out there. In fact there's even a group here at the Escapist which is dedicated to playing online "pen-and-paper" RPGs. Its pretty convenient for those that don't have a local group to play with and a bonus for those that do.

Although you're probably right that they'll get even more popular. People will still get together to play games like this, its part of the experience; but just like multiplayer in video games, playing online can be worlds more convenient.

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