It feels inappropriate to send out the regularly scheduled “product hype” email right now. The world is officially in the throes of a pandemic. The number of cases globally continues to increase. Schools, sporting events, and theme parks have been shut down. People don’t know how they’re going to pay the bills if they need to stay home from work for two weeks or longer. There’s a lot of fear and misinformation going around, which doesn’t help things at all.
My wife Katie and I live in an international community in Jyväskylä, Finland. We came here so she could attend graduate school. It’s been a priviledge to meet people from all over the world, and to stay in touch with them after they return to their home country. We have friends in Italy, South Korea, and China, and have heard first-hand accounts of what’s going on in those places. All I can say is please, take this seriously. This isn’t “just another flu”. Follow all necessary precautions. Be safe. Stay well.
The best spin that I can try to put in this is that we now have time to catch up on reading all those RPG books and PDFs we’ve bought. We can continue to play via the numerous virtual tabletops and other tools available. It’s a good time to connect with other roleplayers on social media and forum sites. If nothing else, we can working on preparing all of those campaigns we’ve wanted to run, or make some characters just for fun.
If you’ve got any money left over after being price-gouged for toilet paper and hand sanitizer, consider buying some games from small publishers and indie designers. We still need to pay the bills, too, and a lot of self-employed creatives don’t have paid sick days or vacation time. This is going to hit the TTRPG community pretty hard over the coming weeks and months.
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