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[gaming] Niche

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Guvnor

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This is a manifesto post.

Let's be aware of how niche we are as a group and be proud of it.

We are the niche subset of a niche hobby in a geek culture that may be becoming mainstream but only recently.

We play recognisable RPGs people have heard of, in fact we play them a lot.

We also play at the edges, often at cons.

We convert popular properties to minority systems, we run very small concepts with more off the shelf systems, we play out pivotal 4 hours in the collapse of empires in defunct RPGs using indie rulesets unsupported for over a decade..

So, let's recognise we are niche.

Now let's celebrate it!

Niche is great, niche is elite, it's subversive, it's creative, it can be the powerhouse that creates the future mainstream, it can be the place where supportive people riff off each other, it can be a safe place.

If the long tail theory is right (and I suspect it's not) then the future will be full of niches, all interconnected in endless Venn diagrams.

Supportive chatter welcomed.
 
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The nice thing with established leagues like D&D and Pathfinder is the vast swarm of players you get at the big events.

The challenge with so many niche games across the whole spectrum (includes boardgames as well as RPGs) is that you show up and getting groups of strangers invested in the same game is more difficult than with the established ones.

I attended the first Geek Retreat RPG Monday and the D&D was fully booked before I arrived from work.

The other players and GMs each had too few players and none of the groups wanted to combine.

We then got a boardgame, Robinson Cruse, from the many out there out, but learning the rules, since no one played it before, was a thirty minute chore.

So niches are cool, but there is also safety in the pre-establshed.
 
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We then got a boardgame, Robinson Cruse, from the many out there out, but learning the rules, since no one played it before, was a thirty minute chore.
I own Robinson Crusoe love the game. yet, before I played it, I watched two walkthrough reviews on youtube, and downloaded a few cribsheets from boardgamegeek. So, if you got up and running within 30 minutes without anyone to teach you, then you did very well! Of course, you are talking about a niche part of the boardgaming industry here, that is not dominated by Hasbro (e.g. a multitude of Monopolys or Monopolies?) The niche boardgame industry is growing at a very healthy rate, so hopefully it will drag the RPGs along with it.

So, yeah get a load of these niches!
 
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