Podcast #189: The Statistics of RPG Streaming with TrooperSJP

This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by TrooperSJP to talk about the statistics of RPG streaming on Twitch. In the news, Doctor Who getting a 5e adaptation, tabletop games grow again on Kickstarter in 2021, WizKids releases another “miniature”, and more! Plus Our Favourite Game in All the World and a brand new sketch about the struggles of joining a thieves guild.

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News

Doctor Who: Doctors and Daleks for 5e D&D 5E - Doctors & Daleks - Cubicle 7 Brings Doctor Who to D&D 5E

Emmet Bryne on Doctors and Daleks discourse
Is D&D 90% Combat? D&D 5E - Is D&D 90% Combat?

ICO Partners statistics for tabletop games on Kickstarter Tabletop Grows 13% On Kickstarter

Roll20 tops 10 million users Roll20 Now Has 10 Million Users

Land of the Red Wizards sourcebook on Thay from Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood D&D 5E - Thay Land of the Red Wizards Available From Realms Creator Ed Greenwood

WizKids Red Dragon “Miniature” D&D 5E - I Think We Need A Bigger Shelf

News Digest for the Week of February 25 (Haunted West to be distributed by R. Talsorian) News Digest for the Week of February 25

Tales of Xadia Release Date Announced Tales of Xadia announces a release date for The Dragon Prince’s official roleplaying game

Last calls for Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, and Strontium Dog Last Calls for Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, & Strontium Dog

Domes of Thunder comes out for Awfully Cheerful Engine We May Need Another Hero

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Kickstarters

Cyran’s Magnificent Walking Marketplace https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/unlimitedrealmsltd/cyrans-magnificent-walking-marketplace

Hell on the High Plains https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/545820095/hell-on-the-high-plains-a-deadlands-booster-campaign

Epic Legacy Tome of Titans Vol 2 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2cgaming/epic-legacy-tome-of-titans-vol-2

Starkhollow Hall
See all the crowdfunding projects ending soon with Egg Embry’s RPG Crowdfunding News RPG Crowdfunding News – DCC, Deadlands, Cthulhu, Zweihander, and more

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The Statistics of RPG Streaming on Twitch

TrooperSJP on Twitch
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Hosts: Russ “Morrus” Morrissey and Peter Coffey

Editing and post-production: Darryl Mott

Theme Song: Steve Arnott

Kickstarter Game Research: Egg Embry

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Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott

I am happy because thanks crowdfunding lots of new settings, franchises and TTRPGs are appearing, but we should wonder how many from these are going to survive at least ten years without falling in the oblivion, or being adquired by a bigger company.
 

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Legend
I am happy because thanks crowdfunding lots of new settings, franchises and TTRPGs are appearing, but we should wonder how many from these are going to survive at least ten years without falling in the oblivion, or being adquired by a bigger company.
Traditionally not a problem in TTRPGs. The industry isn't large enough for companies outside the industry to care, and the ones in the industry aren't big enough to buy out other companies. The rare times it does happen, the buying company only cares about the IP not the roleplaying game. Cryptic Studios bought Champions because it was cheaper than paying for a license to make an MMORPG, then just licensed Champions back to Hero Games for the TTRPG. Paradox bought White Wolf because they wanted to make Vampire: The Masquerades Bloodlines 2, not because they cared about the tabletop game (that's why they licensed it out again the moment it became a problem for them). Asmodee didn't buy Fantasy Flight for the RPGs, they bought them for the board games. The only company in the TTRPG space large enough to buy out any other companies is Wizards of the Coast, and they are completely uninterested in doing so. They don't even make TTRPGs for properties Hasbro owns like Transformers and Power Rangers, they license those out to other companies like Renegade Games.

Seriously, you are worried about a problem that does not exist. If you're worried about independent RPG companies, the fear should be that they will go out of business, not that they'll get bought out.
 

I don't talk about the companies, but their IPs. What if one of them is adquired by a videogame studio and this makes the franchise more popular than ever, and making a lot of money thanks selling merchandiscing? Or an original setting you loved in the past, but it is not published any more.

Sometimes to buy and reboot a forgotten IPs is faster and confortable to start from zero.
 

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Legend
I don't talk about the companies, but their IPs. What if one of them is adquired by a videogame studio and this makes the franchise more popular than ever, and making a lot of money thanks selling merchandiscing? Or an original setting you loved in the past, but it is not published any more.

Sometimes to buy and reboot a forgotten IPs is faster and confortable to start from zero.
You are worried about a problem that does not exist. I can't think of a single example of anything remotely like what you're talking about. The current owner of the rights to BattleTech and Shadowrun is Fanatics, a company that makes replica football jerseys and throw blankets with baseball team mascots on them. BattleTech and Shadowrun still have new products coming out because the company that tripped accidentally into owning the rights licensed both of them out to a tabletop game company. Catalyst Game Labs just released new books for both lines this past month.
 


univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
Supporter
I don't talk about the companies, but their IPs. What if one of them is adquired by a videogame studio and this makes the franchise more popular than ever, and making a lot of money thanks selling merchandiscing? Or an original setting you loved in the past, but it is not published any more.

Sometimes to buy and reboot a forgotten IPs is faster and confortable to start from zero.
Like what happened to White Wolf with CCP?
 

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Legend
Like what happened to White Wolf with CCP?
CCP published World of Darkness books in-house after buying White Wolf, then licensed the property to Onyx Path. OP still publishes World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness material even after Paradox published V5 in-house and, after that controversy, licensed it out to Modiphius then to Renegade. World of Darkness and Shadowrun/BattleTech are probably the two biggest arguments against this fear.
 

univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
Supporter
CCP published World of Darkness books in-house after buying White Wolf, then licensed the property to Onyx Path. OP still publishes World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness material even after Paradox published V5 in-house and, after that controversy, licensed it out to Modiphius then to Renegade. World of Darkness and Shadowrun/BattleTech are probably the two biggest arguments against this fear.
Arguments against this fear, as in, you don't think White Wolf games suffered from their acquisition, or you think they did suffer?
 

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