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Free, Online Publisher Support: A GM’s Expectations
Posted By Martin Ralya On October 8, 2008 @ 5:56 am In Crock Pot | 13 Comments
As a GM, when I buy a new RPG I expect the publisher to provide the following support for free:
…and I love it when a publisher also gives me:
That’s a lot of stuff! Before the
Information Superhighway Internet, not only would there not have been an easy way to deliver that stuff, I also wouldn’t have expected it — fifteen years ago, publisher support was completely different than it is now.
Now, even an indie publisher can afford the costs associated with this kind of support — most of the tools you need to provide it are either free (blog and forum software, etc.) or are part of whatever you used to publish your game in the first place. The only limiter — and it’s a big ‘un — is time. For a larger publisher, there’s absolutely no excuse to not be providing all of this and more — and many of the big ones do, and do it well.
But what does it say about me as a GM that I don’t just appreciate this kind of free online support (and appreciate it I do!), but that I expect it? Is that asking too much of publishers who are already strapped for time, struggling to compete against D&D (or the slightly-less-than-800-lb.-gorilla of their chosen genre, whatever that might be) and undertaking what is (let’s be honest here) not likely to be a wildly profitable enterprise in the first place?
Or do you expect all this stuff — or maybe all this stuff and even more stuff on top of it — as well? And if you do, what’s on your list?
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