May 1st, 2006

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The Future, Conan?

In case people hadn't noticed, my new Out of the Box column is up. And although the reviews of the Army of Darkness RPG, Etherscope, and The Shab-al-Hiri Roach are well worth your perusal, I think it might also be worth it to expand -- however tentatively and vaguely -- on my thought at the end of my ConQuest Sacramento Con Report:
One silver lining of the sclerotic distribution system is that more and more fans are apparently coming out to shows to buy products; likewise, the community-building powers of the Internet help drive convention attendance as friends who know each other only from forums or LiveJournal plan meetups at shows. I'm not sure what kind of hobby we'll have in another ten years -- hundreds of boutique "indie" games and a strong network of local conventions anchored by regular D&D tournaments? That sounds oddly familiar -- maybe we're heading back to the 1970s. But hopefully, with better hair.

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