How do we grow the hobby?
|Seriously?! How is there not an RPG of this yet?!|
It's easier nowadays to be published than anytime in history. Anyone with an internet connection can start a blog or put together an e-book for publication online. Digital correspondence allows artists, designers, writers, and publishers to collaborate and create product from anywhere in the globe. For Cold Steel Wardens? My mapmaker is from Germany. My publisher is British. My artists and editors come from all over the United States.
The frustrating thing on my end right now? For as easy as it is to be published, for as high as the general public is on nerd-culture, the role-playing games market just doesn't seem to capitalize on what's popular. While there is a new edition of Mutants and Masterminds corresponding directly to DC universe comics characters, there was no crossover with the recent Batman or Superman movies. There's still no true Walking Dead RPG (which I'd love to write, if I got that license). There are so many opportunities to capitalize on already-existing properties to usher in new players that it consistently astounds me that there aren't more RPG players and that those opportunities lie fallow.
For now? The best thing we can do is keep pushing. Keep spreading tendrils out there amongst the 'norms' and keep one mantra in mind: "Oh, you like comics? How would you like to play as a superhero? Like zombies? How about we run a zombie-apocalypse scenario? I've got some dice you can borrow..."