Yes, I’m still here… not giving up on #RPGaDay2018! If you follow me on social media you might have noticed I posted various videos for the last few days yesterday on my YouTube channel and the channel for Desde la Fosa. However, I was short on time and did not write the corresponding blog. A fact I am correcting today. The topics for the last couple of days were the following:
Welcome to Day 3 #RPGaDay2018, we’re here to stay!
The question for today is: What gives a game “staying power”?
I’m going to tackle the topic from two perspectives in the videos, the game as the experience shared by players when they play, and the game as a game line you buy through books and supplements. Here are the videos…
I have mixed feelings about the D&D Core Rules Gift Set announced by Wizards of the Coast. True, a gift set with the core books and a screen could be useful for a new player, and if this bundle was offered upon the release of D&D 5th edition I would have certainly brought it, but the price for the three books and the GM screen is the same as buying them individually, plus $5 for the cardboard box! The special covers are a nice touch, and since they are only available via retailers, it drives business to FLGS which can certainly use the exposure and traffic. If your books are work out and could use a refresh, one of the angles they take on the product page, it would certainly be worth checking out the special covers.
Yet I feel it is too soon to replace my books. Mine are in a backpack in my car, have certainly seen plenty of use, but they are fine. I also spent money on buying this content in D&D Beyond. Content I preferred to pay for legally rather than download the pirated PDFs. And true, there is greater functionality when the content is used with all the features on the platform, but my point is I’ve already paid for this content twice.
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