the spinster down the street (melcocha) wrote in roleplayers,
the spinster down the street
melcocha
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huh

I've been looking for a good PBEM to join for a while now, but I've noticed a weird trend: the vast majority of PBEMs out there aren't for RPGs at all. Oh, well, they'll claim to be a RPG, but it's actually just a bunch of people pretending to be Harry Potter or Britney Spears or X-Men or Buffy or some other character out of a WB teen melodrama. The hell?

Where'd the actual RPGs go? I mean, those freeform mutating fanfictions (I have no idea what else to call them; they're not RPGs as I define them) are fine for the people who are into them, but that obviously isn't me. Even pbem.com and especially rpg_promo have a lot of those games advertised. Original characters are an anathema, of course. Which I understand, since most of them turn out to be Mary Sues anyway. Ew! Ick! Etc. :)

Where'd the old-fashioned kind of RPGs go? With the rules and the dice and the original characters and such. Not just PBEMs, but lj communities about specific aspects of them (i.e. bad players). The majority of RPG communities I find outside of this one are really more about the FMF players than people who play traditional RPGs. Am I poking my head in the wrong groups? Did the usual keywords change on me? I feel like such a dinosaur.

And not that I think anyone would, but no, this isn't about the merits or evils or virtues about RPGs vs freeform players, so please don't leave comments about that. I really don't want to hear anything on that matter. I'm just surprised by this evolution and am curious about where I should be looking. Especially given the fact that my own RPG interests are limited. I'm not quite a newbie, but not exactly experienced. I'm still feeling out what games I like and which ones I'd be willing to learn to like. And sometimes, I'd just like to be able to read about other people's gaming horrors/triumphs without it being on a forum about a specific game or gaming company. If that makes sense.

For example: KenzerCo's boards are nice, but I don't always want to hear about Hackmaster. Ditto White Wolf's boards. I love Changeling, but I'd like to read about something besides how just because Amazon has Kithbook: Boggan for sale, the line's snowball just got its special refrigerated section in Hell. And ... uh, I don't even know where to hang out with Earthdawn or Shadowrun players. :)

Does this make sense at all? I know I'm rambling...
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