Wednesday, June 22, 2005


There is an excellent discussion of the Forge diaspora and the future of RPG theory development on anyway, right now. Particularly insightful is, I think, Adam's post here, and Chris's post following it.

P.S. Since we are calling this a "diaspora," does that mean that we will come back in a few years, rebuild a new website, only to have it torn down by the Romans? 'cause that would suck.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peer reviewed journals would be an interesting model for such a beast. We (meaning who I work for) publish the leading Chest Medicine one so I know a bit about this sort of set up.

1) It needs people who are interested in being published in such a beast.

2) It needs some form of compensation in order to get folks (editors) to get their shit together.

3) It must consistantly maintain its level of quality and meet deadlines.

If you can get that shit together, something like that could work, but when was the last time you saw anything subscriber based work in the RPG world?

3:07 AM  
Blogger Joshua A.C. Newman said...

Keith, dig what I was writing about (and Clinton seems interested in) over on Anyway. I seriously think that's the kind of model we need.

Top-down, us-vs-them stuff isn't going to work. But a little judicious editorializing will go a long way. I think the system I described could be close to that balance point.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

I see a couple of problems with your proposal, J. I think I'd rather talk to you and Clinton about them in person, though.


8:35 AM  
Blogger Bankuei said...

Hi Ben,

the other thing I thought would be neat with the "Dialogue/discussion" idea is that I often find it easier to get a solid discussion via email, or on blogs like this when there isn't the concern of the discussion wildly derailing or a third party jumping in at any point. I've found a LOT of private discussions bear a lot of fruit, and it would make sense to be able to share that kind of discusssion without the concerns of the "free-for-all" forum issues.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Brand Robins said...


One of the reasons I've been reading anyway and this blog (and a handful of others) and doing my own is that for me this kind of venue has more productive discussions.

Hell, I've already learned more about myself in relation to gaming with the help of the folks who post on my blog than I did in the last year on the Forge.

(Not to slag the Forge, love the Forge. But sometimes too many voices and to short a focus isn't the best venue.)

9:49 AM  
Blogger Joshua A.C. Newman said...

Ben, write us both and we'll talk.

This is, of course, inappropriate for public fora.

9:50 AM  

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