Been thinking a bit about this post.
It's one of those posts about growing the hobby.
I'd just like to chip in and say that, in at least one way, the hobby--or at least the Do It Yourself part of it--is about exactly the right size.
And that way is: its internal culture.
By which I mean: mostly the blogosphere.
By which I mean: you people.
I read and write about a lot of things on-line. Art, music, politics, books, etc. etc. And the Old School D&D blogs and their non-D&D-but-still-DIY ilk are the only place I regularly visit on-line where you can post a thing in a blog on a topic on-line and have a decent probability of not getting any completely idiotic fact-check-fail responses from subliterate morons.
Like, for example...
no, wait, I don't have to provide an example. Because you all know what I mean. Because that's the internet--lots of people talking and nobody editing and great gobs of stupid and tremendous time wasted trying to straighten it all out. I'm sure you can imagine your own examples.
Yes, these people appear in RPG forums and whatnot, but within this particular DIY RPG corner of the universe (I imagine it as being about the size and shape of Shiro's RPG Corner bloglist for some reason) it's like a little happy agora where people check Jerk at the door and come to play and talk about making playing better.
Once in a while, someone with no grasp of reality will decide to spew epic lunacy over at the blogs with lots of followers like Monsters and Manuals or Grognardia or Jeff's Gameblog, but they are obviously a minority and get thwacked by the general populace for it and then ignored, as is right and proper.
In general, though, people make games, they make game stuff, they distribute it for free, or for cheap on pdf, we get to talk about our new ideas about games with relatively little chance of people willfully misinterpreting us because they have no life and like typing, so far so good.
Now there's a good reason to grow the hobby: to get more players. This is a noble goal and makes sense and can improve peoples' actual enjoyment of their actual lives.
However, if the hobby does grow, then mark my words: there will be assholes. Right now, nobody who posts in the comments section of this blog ever acts like an asshole. It's magical and makes me feel all squishy inside. I never have to worry about something I write being taken out of context and used to spread Internet Stupid about me or one of the microcelebrities I play with. It's all very cool.
But if this thing gets any bigger, the dickheads will come. There are probably those of you who feel like they're already here. But, basically, this is a really nice time to be exchanging ideas about playing games and you all are a nice group of people to be doing that with and I really hope that the hobby can keep growing without taking off the jerkfilter for just a little while longer.
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