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Author Topic: Way of the Tiger RPG and Arcana Agency gamebook  (Read 1098 times)

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« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2012, 10:25:27 PM »
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In related news: we're trying really hard just to find "the gamebook audience."  If you people know other online communities with a similar bent, please let me know so I can take a look.


This yahoo group is quite active:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gamebooks/

You could also try rpg.net of course.
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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2012, 11:00:52 PM »
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This yahoo group is quite active:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gamebooks/

You could also try rpg.net of course.


Thanks for the advice!  Yup, got rpg.net.

I've now sent in a request to join the Yahoo group thing, but while I wait . . . notice a pattern in their most recent posts?  "Kickstarter," "Gamebook for iOS," "Kickstarter" . . .

Which isn't to say there's anything wrong with it.  We're friends with the people who have the top post right now (Maelorum), or rather, with the singular person.  That one's a book written and illustrated by just one fellow, and his pledge drive recently met its goal.

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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2012, 05:13:13 PM »
I just posted an update about the project, and I was reminded of the whole "this is a gamebook: does it belong with RPG's or not?" topic.

In that Yahoo gamebooks group (thanks, Age of Fable), there is a thread going about how people approach gamebooks: is it generally roleplayers who play gamebooks?  Or general book-reading types?  Or what?

So the present thread has been moved into "Other Games," and I suppose that's fine, but this isn't the whole of it.  In another forum I frequent (any fans of http://Card Hunter here?  The original Thief videogames?  Magic: The Gathering?), someone used our game download to introduce his wife to roleplaying games.  He explained it made the experience less overwhelming: the players and the "GM" (the book) had clear characterization written out on the page, so motivation and questions of "what WOULD I do?" were right there for you to see.  Further, explicit limitations on choice helped fight "analysis paralysis" for the new player.

Elsewhere on the internet, people have talked about using a solo adventure in your RPG rulebook to introduce players to game concepts.  Anyone here play the original "red box" D&D?  (And I mean original.)  Anyone here meet Aleena?  Seek vengeance on Bargle the Infamous?  I sure did.

So I'd say that the place of "gamebooks" among "RPG's" is subject to consideration.

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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2012, 01:31:29 PM »
Erm, hello?  Some folks had responded previously.  And I'm quite sure the name "Bargle" prompts reactions in the heart of many an RPG gamer.

Comments on my questions?  Or is the "Other Games" forum, truly, a quieter place untouched by the RPG-ers I'm trying to reach?