Friday, July 14, 2006

Look on that t'internet

We are big fans of the World Wide Web.

Lots of what we do is dependant on email, forums, web pages and the like. T'interweb is what allows us to have writers all over the world creating stuff for WFRP and 40KRP.

From Murfreesboro to Ohio, Nottingham to Japan, Brisbane to Seattle, there are contributors scattered across the four corners of the globe. Even as you read this, there are folk in all sorts of unlikely places creating new stuff for our games. Be it a downtown Starbucks (Dark Heresy) or aboard an oil rig (WFRP Adventure TBC!) computers and ecomms has totally revolutionised what would have once been done in a dark office near a broom cupboard*.

It's not just us who benefits from this of course. Scores of bed rooms and home offices have dedicated fans working on critical hit tables, character creation options, adventures, handouts and more. These guys can share their work with thousands of other folk- reinforcing the community, creating great games and helping them develop their talents.

Speaking of community, that's another thing that the web has altered utterly- now you can communicate with likeminded souls at the stroke of a key. You can pose questions, share tales of your games and debate anything from game design to orc reproductive systems. You can read reviews, order the latest books and even play games with folk you've never met. You can ask the developers questions (and maybe even get an answer) or read their latest thoughts on their blogs.

How does this compare to the world of roleplaying 15, 20 years ago?

What this will do to roleplaying over the next 15, 20 years?

Let's see your comments, folks!

*No, not that. We're talking about writing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eeeeh, I remember when...
Twenty years ago was about the time that university geeks were discovering a wonderful thing called M.U.D. We'd stay up till 2am waiting for the chance to logon to a computer in Essex, from our computer terminals in Bradford, so that we could roleplay with people around the country. Half the time you got disconnected, and had the frustrating wait for some other poor sucker to get dumped so you could get back in. Everyone had characters called Rincewind, or Zaphod, since those were the kind of books that students read back then.
Although the great masses may have only discovered the internet in the last 5 or 10 years, there are some dinosaurs like me who remember it when it was still ARPA and JANet.
And what do I spend my evenings doing now... reading and typing text on a remote computer.
Plus ca change, as the French may say.

5:50 pm  

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