A History of the RPG Community's Struggle Against Corporate Oppression: Protecting Our Imaginations
Updated: Jan 24
-Dedicated to the RPG industry, the community, and to the future of gaming. -01/21/23.
Once upon a time, in a realm of fantasy and imagination, a group of individuals came together to create a world unlike any other. They were a collective of dreamers and adventurers, united by their passion for gaming and their desire to create something truly special. They shared their stories of hope and imagination with a growing community of like-minded individuals who came together to form a community of gaming enthusiasts.
As the community grew, so did the challenges they faced. The outside world began to close in from all sides, as larger corporate entities sought to take advantage of the community's success. These entities, driven by greed and the desire for power, sought to exploit the community for their own gain. They imposed restrictive contracts and litigious practices, stifling creativity and innovation.
The community, made up of players, consumers, and supporters, fought back against these corporate entities, determined to protect the bonds of friendship and creativity that had brought them together. They worked tirelessly to bring their wildest visions to life, but the weight of reality began to take its toll on the once-carefree community. The dreams that had once been the driving force behind their success now seemed like a distant memory.
As the community struggled to stay afloat, they found themselves embattled by corporate greed and overly litigious entities. They saw the passion and creativity that had brought them together being replaced by the cold calculations of profit and loss. They felt the bonds of friendship and creativity being replaced by the shackles of restrictive contracts and the threat of legal action. The short game is hurtful, exhausting, and distracting, and the obvious long game is frightening, uncertain, and wrong.
But the community refused to give up. They knew that the true magic of their world was not found in wealth or power, but in the bonds of friendship and creativity that had brought them together. They knew that with hard work and determination, they could overcome any obstacle and keep the dream alive for generations to come. They stood together, united against the greed and exploitation of larger corporate entities, determined to protect the community of gaming enthusiasts they had built.
As the story comes to an end, it is important to remember that the gaming community and the corporations are both integral parts of the industry. Both parties need to work together to ensure the longevity and success of the community. The community needs to be heard and respected and the corporations need to understand that the community is what drives the industry forward. Only by working together can we create a sustainable future for the gaming community and industry.
This is for all of us.
Old and new, current & past.