The topic for the 5 September 2013 #RPGChat was Social Media and your game!
Wondering what RPGchat is? Allow us to explain. Interested in participating? Join us next week on twitter. Just look for the #rpgchat hashtag, and share your thoughts when you’re ready!
Tweets of Note:
Another #RPGchat Thursday is upon us. Join in at 3pm ET to talk about how social media is changing the world of RPGs
First Question, what is social media doing for you:
I think social media has been great for 1) meeting people, 2) bouncing gaming ideas off people (like settings & such)
and 3) I think it’s been cool to see what other people are playing and whether it sounds like a thing I want to do.
Social media lets me bounce ideas off designers & other gamers.
@d20Blonde I would never have met girls who game anywhere but Twitter. Social media helps me feel less alone/weird in the hobby.
I get to see the Dev process and the iterations games go through (@DanielSolis is awesome at this.)
It also lets me stay in touch with friends I’ve met at conventions.
Without social media, honestly, I don’t know that my passion for gaming would still exist. Would’ve burnt out years ago.
I hunger for daily chit-chat about games I’m interested in. Social media has re-ignited my love of RPG’s
as I turn grognard, this is true RT @DarinWSmith: It also helps me validate that I am not alone in my love gaming at my age
I’m sold on the notion that gamers are mostly introverts, but if that’s true, SM is a driving force behind the longevity of gaming
Many chatters have pointed out ways that publishers can benefit from using social media:
In what ways do you think that RPG publishers could better leverage social media to better the hobby?
@d20Blonde Product updates, whether that be errata or crowdsourced content
It’s been really interesting to watch WOTC manage their playtest socially. They got yanked every which way.
I owe my brand and my new career to Social Media and other Web 2.0 Apps
And of course crowdfunding wouldn’t even exist without a social media-driven crowd to share and fund games
Counterpoint, I love the transparency to “the biz ” from @EvilHatOfficial. It’s has made me like that company
also, following gaming icons through Twitter and G+ helps keep my finger on the pulse of the industry like never before.
Interesting links from the chatters:
My gaming group and I live stream our games @ http://www.twitch.tv/robsgamegroup
The #rpgchat discussion reminded me I wrote a @criticalhits article about the social media/RPG topic a year ago. http://www.critical-hits.com/blog/2012/01/13/where-dd-is-heading-or-how-the-internet-changed-a-game/ …
And the @Tw33t_rpg twitter account, who runs games through twitter:
For anyone who isn’t familiar with Tweet RPG, it’s a system which offers RPG adventures that you can shape with your tweets.
There’s a new Tweet RPG adventure on the way soon – the reveal is coming up in the next fortnight. Anyone can join the fun!
What are some drawbacks to social media:
.@d20Blonde 3 Ways social media detracts from gaming: Edition wars, edition wars, and edition wars.
@JohnduBois Edition wars exist no matter what, though. SM just provides a unique battlefield
Only real issue I can see with SM hurting gaming is new gamers going into forums and older players ripping their ideas to shreds
Frustrates me that people think of the gaming hobby as the discussion about gaming online, not people around tables.
I think that sometimes people are too quick to go with echo chamber opinions before trying a game for themselves.
I do feel the brevity of social channels is sometimes damaging. I read less blogs than I used to.
What are the most popular social media platforms for the chatters?:
What are your favorite platforms for RPGs? Clearly, lots of us love Twitter. #RPGchat
@d20blonde Do most of my (short) discussing on twitter. Have only tried to actually GAME via g+
.@d20Blonde being hearing handicapped I don’t have the love for G+ that others do, prefer text, like PbP
A lot of people using Roll D20 and Google+ these days #RPGchat
G+ makes me feel old. My 12 year old uses it, but hardly uses email, which is my lifeblood. It’s all youtube and text for him.
@d20Blonde G+ obviously, but Facebook groups, forums, and G+ communities work really well
@d20Blonde I use a mix of Facebook and Twitter.
I’ve also been using a blog to both play and run games.
And what are some of the advantages of social media:
Social media makes me so much more aware of who is working on what – and that increases my interest even more in new products.
W/O my blind entrance onto Twitter I probably would have never-gone to Gencon,played many of the games I play now,been on a podcast
The key thing I’m seeing from #rpgchat on social media, is that it’s helped people with a fairly niche interest to connect with others.
I find online games means more gaming in less time. I get more game done in 4 hours than I could ever hope to accomplish in person. #rpgchat
A friend @paatne wanted to use twitter for sending messages in a game. Neat idea.
@BeefGriller Gaming with people from other states and countries without leaving home is rad.
@celeloriel I can credit social media with almost all of my closest friendships. Gaming was the foundation. Social media the tool.
Social media had helped grow my passion and see the larger community I’m part of. Not just my group in the basement.
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