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Thursday, 25th October, 2012, 05:29 PM #31
I don't know if there will be a large influx of gamers. What I did notice with LOTR was that a ton of people finally understood the worlds I enjoyed and played in. People who would have never understood before. It opened communication avenues and things that we could discuss together that might not have been possible later. Also many of the people who may have scoffed at hearing about people playing D&D suddenly loved movies deeply entrenched in the genre. It was pretty cool to have people who may have snickered now talking about magic and swords, and dwarf jokes.My Groups Kickstarter - Apocalyptica Chromatics Playing Card Deck http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...s?ref=category
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Thursday, 25th October, 2012, 06:14 PM #32
Magsman (Lvl 14)
I can say, everyone I game with read the books and saw the movies, but that's because most of us gamers are Sci-Fi/Fantasy fans. It's not necessarily true the other way around. Being a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan doesn't mean they also play RPGs.
And the more recent movies - was there a big sudden growth in D&D with the release of those films? Not to my knowledge. I knew people who expected a video game to be released soon after, but not one person who said to me, "Since watching LotR, now I want to try out roleplaying games" - not one person.
That's my expectation for The Hobbit as well. If somebody starts doing table top after watching the movie, it's coincidental. Watching one doesn't guarantee playing the other. I see no real connection whatsoever.
It's good that the OP was compelled to start playing after exposure to LotR, but that's just one case. I don't think it's a situation to rely upon to increasing the number of participants in our hobby.
Friday, 26th October, 2012, 09:47 AM #33
By extension some of those interested in the board games might eventually stumble over RPGs, as well. I don't imagine they'd become interested in D&D (which imho isn't particularly suited for playing in a Middle-Earth setting), but they might find, e.g. 'The One Ring' and thus get started playing RPGs.
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Friday, 26th October, 2012, 03:20 PM #34
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Saturday, 27th October, 2012, 04:16 AM #35
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
I think people have to be actively proselytized to play RPG's.
But i think people are more open to conversion when films like Lotr are popular.
The Hobbit will present more opportunities for the 'evangelical' game master. But it will not do any 'proselytization' in and of its self.
I had two female friends that would have NEVER even considered playing DND, play in our Lotr sessions, because they loved the movie.