Internet killed the Table Top Star

Allen Varney has written an interesting article about how the internet affects our roleplaying hobby. Here’s an excerpt from his post:

There are bright spots, but overall, this portends decrepitude. The entire tabletop hobby is shrinking and graying, and will eventually join model railroads and rocketry as an obscure, geriatric pursuit. The internet devoured my industry’s collective lunch.

I think he gives a good overview of the state of our hobby. Although he starts by describing the decline of the hobby but then he praises the positive effect the internet has on the hobby. So it’s probably a mixed bag. The internet and MMOs compete with the gaming hobby but it also gives players new opportunities. So, if you haven’t done so already, check out Allen’s post.