Saturday, August 6, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 6: How would you get more people playing RPGs?

Day Six of #RPGaDay2022 asks 'How would you get more people playing RPGs?'. At a time when more people seem to be not only aware of what tabletop roleplaying games are, but also playing and streaming games, it's almost like TTRPGs are in a second renaissance! A new golden age, so to speak.

I remember having this discussion about 2006 when we were trying to work out how to get more people involved in RPGs, and we were talking about how licensed properties were the way to go. Get more kids introduced, a new generation of gamers, by bringing out games of properties they'd be interested in. We talked about James Bond, and (of course) Doctor Who - which eventually led to the game! 

Now, everyone's aware of tabletop roleplaying games thanks to streaming, Stranger Things, and more. You can find Dungeons & Dragons everywhere - no longer do you have to find out about secret, unmarked game stores hidden above picture framers.

That said, the best way to get more people playing RPGs is to NOT put them off. Put an end to the gatekeeping, and let everyone have a go! 

And that really is the great thing about the hobby at the moment - you really can have a go pretty easily. Or, at least, see what it's all about by watching streams. There are so many games out there if you fancy something different from Dungeons & Dragons, and so many indie games that are simply brilliant. And it's easier to get into making games now as well. We really are in a new golden age.

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