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    Article about why some companies are staying away from tabletop rpg gamers.

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    Heh. This can be very tricky for a tabletop rpg company.

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    I'd have to chew on the article for a while to be sure, but I'm afraid my initial reaction is: yeah, he's right. I'm not convinced that TRPG gamers are somehow the sharp end of the spear, though, as I've seen plenty of similar behaviour in many other gaming segments.
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    Interesting article, but totally devoid of specifics. I'm having a hard time figuring out exactly what he's complaining about. What companies are staying away from tabletop gamers? What are those companies selling? What are the "desired behaviors" the tabletop gamers are resisting, and why is it bad for them to focus on concrete goals instead of social conversations? Why does it matter if they relate cynically to the content? What content?

    I have the feeling there's a giant lump o' context that I'm missing here someplace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dausuul View Post
    Interesting article, but totally devoid of specifics. I'm having a hard time figuring out exactly what he's complaining about. What companies are staying away from tabletop gamers? In what context? What are the "desired behaviors" the tabletop gamers are resisting, and why is it bad for them to focus on concrete goals instead of social conversations? Why does it matter if they relate cynically to the content? What content?
    It appears to be talking about companies in the "transmedia" area, which don't want to embrace rpg gamers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ggroy View Post
    Article about why some companies are staying away from tabletop rpg gamers.

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    That's EN World's eyebeams, IIRC.


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    Rpg gamers as a group often think outside the box and are somewhat experienced at different types of problem solving.

    Companies that want to run a game of bend over the customer find that the rpg gamer crowd doesn't appreciate this railroad and questions their house rules.

    Does this about sum it up?

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    So let's see. He actually calls us "names" that would be censored on any decent, civilized public forum. He then says we are bad customers because we don't mindlessly go along with everything big companies do, and we don't hand them our money for products we don't like. Seriously, who is the jerk here? Pot meet kettle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddman75 View Post
    Most gamers are nice, interesting people. Reality is that it takes 100 of those people to counteract meeting one jerk or social miscreant.
    I gotta agree with maddman. We don't have the gamer stereotypes for nothing, but I don't think the majority of the gamers out there fall into them (or even close to them). Still, it's the ones that do that stand out - especially to those not active in the hobby.

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