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Why Can’t We Have a Decent RPG Portal?

For brief, shining moments of time I remember having a worthwhile RPG portal. Spaces that were civil, fun, and lively. Some people would argue that those places still exist. They’ll point to RPGNet, or some Facebook group, or even Reddit. There was a time when I was incredibly active on Big Purple. I was a minor presence on a couple of large groups on Blue Evil. And I’ve lurked on an RPG subreddit. In the early days of the RPG Bloggers Network I was right in there. The same things drove me away from all of them.

It’s not a problem exclusive to tabletop roleplaying. Some of it stems from the fact that I’m not an internet native, and my standards for behavior are roots in the Real World of the Before Times. I just can’t handle the rudeness, the cruelty, and the willful ignorance. A couple of times I tried to launch my own portal, but the biggest problems weren’t technical or financial. It was moderating people unwilling or unable to act like decent human beings.

When I say “portal”, I’m talking about a one-stop shop. All systems, all settings, all styles of play. People swapping ideas, and being respectful of people that don’t like exactly the same things you do. But this is 2020. I may as well ask Santa Claus to bring me a pony.

Why Can’t We Have a Decent RPG Portal?

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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