Recently I had a discussion about the state of gaming. It wasn’t the worn out “is gaming in decline” discussion. It was much more positive than that. Is this the best time in gaming or has that already passed? My answer, yes this is the best time in gaming, by leaps and bounds.
Are you still there?
If you haven’t thrown your phone or laptop across the room in a grognard rage, hear me out. Whether you are an indie or story gamer, OSR gamer, D&D, Pathfinder/3e gamer, GURPS or something else or in between, there are more games out there for every niche and genre than ever before.
Mystery suspense spy thriller Night’s Black Agent
Surreal dream city Itras By
Updated high fantasy D&D 5e
Old School Gritty Fantasy Lamentations of the Flame Princess
The list goes on and on. If there’s a genre you want to play in, there’s probably a game for it. If there isn’t and you have the creativity and desire the barriers to design and publication have never been lower. With Drive thru RPG, kickstarter and independent publishing, a little technical skill learned on youtube and you’re on the way.
Or maybe you think the best games have already been made. Guess what… still the best time right now. Old rare modules are being reprinted and scanned as PDFs. New modules for old games are being made. You don’t have to search on auction sites or hope for the lucky find at yard sales. An internet connection and $10 and you’re ready to relive those deadly adventure or play new interpretations of them.
So here it is, my bold statement of truth. More games produced means more diversity and quality of games. Now this doesn’t mean that everything that comes out hits the mark or is even the target but they do all move game design and inspiration forward. This has caused some of the most interesting games that exist to be made and more are sure to come.
So go support the games you love, try new ones and maybe start to work on that game you’ve had in mind for years. I’m sure there are people out there who would love to see it.