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Everyone Wants an Ivory Tower

The term “ivory tower” refers to metaphorically cutting yourself off from the outside world. You do this in order to pursue your own intellectual, philosophical, or creative pursuits. So go hide away in your ivory tower, doing your thing and ignoring the rest of the world. Write up those characters. Build that world. Design that game.

There are pros and cons to this. Of course it’s great to have unbroken stretches of quiet and solitude. You can work on things without interruption. A lot of people have discovered this in the past few months, as the pandemic has forced us into various levels of quarantine. If you can leverage the time, you can be incredibly productive.

The downside is that an ivory tower can become an echo chamber. If you’re not a naturally questioning or introspective person, you can start to believe your own hype. The tabletop roleplaying community is already full of these echo chambers. There is no one true perfect system or setting, no one best style of play. Nor is there one way to design, develop, and publish a roleplaying game.

Everyone Wants an Ivory Tower

RPGaDay is an annual event held each August. It asks tabletop gamers to use provided daily prompts to express something fun, interesting, and positive about the hobby. David F. Chapman (Autocratik), the award-winning game designer, created it.

About Dancing Lights Press

Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional  roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.


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