I could swear there’s more talk about role-playing games than ever. My gut tells me that popularity is rapidly increasing. A few facets of thought:
- Critical Role — a show chronicling the dramatic adventures of voice actors lead by the amazing Matthew Mercer as Dungeon Master — has been exploding on YouTube and Twitch.
- People are starting to 3D print their own game miniatures and have built strong communities on Reddit and YouTube.
- There’s a brand new Dungeons & Dragons starter set coming out, and it’s exclusive to Target (yeah, where you buy your hand soap and towels).
- LitRPG is a new fiction genre that’s only a few years old, but is growing and has become quite popular in audiobook format. The genre features stories about the characters players become inside a game, whether they know so or not.
It’s all circumstantial evidence and intuition on my end. What do you think?