The April 2018 Tabletop Roleplaying Game Maker Challenge, or #AprilTTRPGMaker, was created by game designer Kira Nagrann. Each day, game creators answered one question on Twitter. I participated, and expanded upon my answers here on the Dancing Lights Press blog. Today I want to talk about what I learned doing the challenge.
Why I Took the Challenge
One of my goals for 2018 has been to reconnect with the greater RPG community. It’s been a while since I’ve been an active voice, or a participant in any meaningful way. While I’ve been creating things, and have been running Dancing Lights Press for almost two years, I’ve been doing it while sitting quietly in my own little corner of the world. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity that this challenge provides to see what the community looks like these days, reconnect with some folks I’d lost touch with, and meet some new friends.
What I’d Do Differently
What I wish most is that I had more time. This challenge was something that I learned about at the last minute, and sort of jumped into on a whim. I did that at the exact moment I was working to get projects off of my plate, but this seemed important. It was in the spirit of why I was trying to reduce my work load, which was to make more time to have a personal life. I wrote ahead due to my schedule, so some of the posts were completed a week or more in advance. I wish I’d had more time to respond to other peoples’ answers and chat with them about things, and maybe adjust some of my answers based on insights I gained reading other responses.
What I Learned Doing the Challenge
There are a lot of great folks out there making games. Some are professionals, many aspire to be, and a lot are just hobbyists doing it for fun. They all share a passion and level of creativity that reminds me of my early days with the hobby. I learned that Twitter hashtags are great for tracking communities. Especially for someone like me who relies more on lists than followers. There still has to be a better way to organize people online, with a bit more rigor and searchability than twitter, without the rigidity and need for moderation of a forum.
Mostly, though, I got to reconnect with my own motives. In answering the questions, I had to think about how and why I do things the way I do. It made me reassess my design goals. The feedback I received, and the answers others gave, helped me clarify things for my own design work. But that’s the power of community, right? With all the negativity in the world right now, I needed to be reminded of the positive value of having a tribe.
Check Out My Posts
You can read all 30 of the posts I made here. The comments on those posts are still open. I’m always interested in your feedback in the topics that were covered. If you know of any other challenges coming up, or have an idea for a new challenge, let me know in the comments below!