RPGaDay 2020 Day 22 – “Rare” #RPGADAY2020

Today’s prompt is “Rare”

Though RPGs as a hobby are undergoing unprecedented growth and popularity presently, there are still things that are rare in the community.  One of those rarities I am always looking out for are the right balance of player traits for me.  What defines a perfect player will vary from GM to GM, but the right mix of action junkie, role-player and lover of story is (apparently) hard to find in my neck of the woods… or they simply aren’t into Shadowrun.  My local gaming community is pretty heavily leaning on the big games in the hobby and it’s not really among those that I offer, which makes a large player pool considerably condensed for what I gravitate to.

I also tend to like rarer games… Shadowrun is hardly a small license, but compared to the D&D / Pathfinder crowd in my area, those that can be pulled away from their comfort zone are pretty few.  7th Sea has its devoted players (and many of those were shaken by the new Edition), but a lot of the rest of the systems I can run are pretty niche.  The right tool for the right job, as they say.  It does make finding players all that much harder… but as I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of the D20 system.

One other rarity that I’m not overly impressed with…respect.  The RPG community has earned a reputation as being bigoted, sexist and insular.  While it has improved in recent years, it’s still not enough.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have had many female gamers at my table over the years and so many of the stories they’ve told me just make me shake my head.  Condescending players, GMs that hit on their players or outright discriminate about who sits at their table… It’s ridiculous.  As GMs we have an extra responsibility to create a welcome environment at our table.  The players we want to have at our table are out there… but they need a positive space to really shine.  Let’s stop being stuck in medieval ways of thinking and invite any who are interested to join us in the hobby.

~ by 1nsomniac on August 22, 2020.

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