Other Good RPG Forums

What are some other good role playing game forums that you like? I enjoy reading this one, but having some other ones in my bookmarks would be good too.

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  • Same here.
    This one is my favorite.
    It seems like a lot of the discussion has moved to "social networks". :(
  • UK Roleplayers, while essentially British, has some good discussions in Open RPG that cover a range of relevant topics, and the Brainstorming forum is where a lot of ideas have gestated.
  • I enjoy Ron Edwards's personal forum, but I understand that it's an acquired taste, Ron being something of a jerk on occasion :D
  • I didn't know about Ron's. How much old-style Big Model discussion happens there?
  • As much as you'd like, basically. Not much in practice, which I suspect is because people either hate Ron and don't want to go to his sandbox, or like him but don't feel any need whatsoever to talk about theory with him, or don't know that the forum exists.

    Mostly we talk about playtests and such. I imagine that nobody would mind it if there was a bit more action there, although it is natural that the forum is pretty quiet, as it doesn't have such an universalist agenda as the Forge used to have.
  • edited July 2015
    There are others, such as the minimally moderated "TheRPGSite" (enter at your own risk) and the maximally moderated "rpg.net", AKA The Big Purple or TBP (likewise), and my personal favourite (apart from here of course) the friendly, bustling and system-independent RPGGeek. There's also the little-known 1km1kt, which promotes the cause of free RPGs, and which has a lively and non-toxic forum.
  • edited July 2015
    It seems like a lot of the discussion has moved to "social networks". :(
    I'm afraid to say I think you're right. It's a shame, because forums still have a lot to offer IMO. For one thing, they are (usually) moderated, so you get less of the Internet nasty than you do with socmed, which is completely public and is therefore a space where asshats can reign unchecked.
  • edited July 2015
    Forums are also places where the posts hang around, indexable by search engines, effectively forever, making them better suited for working threads and information that might be important to others later. Social networks are transitory experience zones, conversations there come and go faster than the taste of diet soda, and their searchability is close to zero.

  • Forums are also places where the posts hang around, indexable by search engines, effectively forever, making them better suited for working threads and information that might be important to others later. Social networks are transitory experience zones, conversations there come and go faster than the taste of diet soda, and their searchability is close to zero.

    My biggest objection to Google Plus communities. Despite the excellent quality of posts in the ones I belong to and Google wanting so hard to treat them like forums, it's really difficult to find old stuff.

  • One warning about RPGGeek: I deleted myself from there in so called rage-quit and all my BGG stuff, reviews, pictures, lists etc was also deleted. :( :( :( :( I had put a lot of work that was all gone. I didn't realize that the two sites were so tightly connected.
  • My problem with G+ is that it seems to have been tailored towards pictures, not text. The font is tiny and any meaningful post is broken apart by [read more] links. I believe it has become popular with the RPG community because of hangouts, but it's probably even worse than Facebook for text-based discussion.
  • edited July 2015
    One warning about RPGGeek: I deleted myself from there in so called rage-quit and all my BGG stuff, reviews, pictures, lists etc was also deleted. :( :( :( :( I had put a lot of work that was all gone. I didn't realize that the two sites were so tightly connected.
    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience on the 'Geek that you quit as a result, but as someone who's never had cause to complain about the atmosphere there would you mind giving a hint as to what made you leave? If you'd prefer not to I'd quite understand.

  • It was a quite harmless argument with someone who claimed to love fudging rolls and making the players believe all the rolls were real. You know, most fudgers are like "Yeah... I think I know my players are OK with it... but we haven't really talked about it" but this guy was "Oh they can never know! The fact that they believe it's a real game makes it much more exciting for them!". After a couple of days I got angry and deleted myself then instantly regretted it but everything was gone.

    I've learned to accept the existance of DM's like him since then.
  • edited July 2015
    Oh, ok. I see what you mean. Sometimes individual posters can be infuriating. There's a guy there who goes by the name Aramis, who seems to do nothing but troll. You have to just learn to ignore the dickwads I'm afraid. I don't mean that in a patronising way - obviously you understand that general principle - I'm just saying try to stick with it because there's a lot of good content there which it would be a shame to miss out on just because of some jerkoff.

    Losing all your own content upon leaving the forum, AND on all the linked forums, must be heckuva annoying. I really feel you on that.
  • It's kinda good that it's deleted if you delete your account, it's just too bad that I didn't realize that BGG stuff would be deleted as well as the RPGgeek stuff
  • edited July 2015
    Un, shou ga nai, ne.
  • Lots of good stuff going on over at google+. It's a nice space for a safer discussion environments and you can pair down conversations to just a few folks.
  • But you have to submit to Google™
  • But you have to submit to Google™
    I guess that's basically my reason for not doing the social network thing. I don't like the idea of being a commodity for anybody except people I personally select for the honor :D
  • rpg.stackexchange.com isn't a forum per se (nor is it a quite a social network) but is is pretty active.
  • Where on Google+? Is there a specific group/page (I forget how G+ works, structurally) or do you just have to add the right people to your circles?
  • There are lots of roleplaying communities on G+. You can search for them on the Communities tab, or you can see what communities your friends on G+ are subscribed to. The story-games community is here: https://plus.google.com/communities/105298743270221910970

  • It was a quite harmless argument with someone who claimed to love fudging rolls and making the players believe all the rolls were real. You know, most fudgers are like "Yeah... I think I know my players are OK with it... but we haven't really talked about it" but this guy was "Oh they can never know! The fact that they believe it's a real game makes it much more exciting for them!". After a couple of days I got angry and deleted myself then instantly regretted it but everything was gone.

    I've learned to accept the existance of DM's like him since then.
    I remember that thread. I think I went a bit too far, too. :-/ I apparently get really worked up about that topic.
  • Oh yeah, you were on my side. I wasn't necessarily in the right, since I got so emotionally invested. I kind of regret a lot of the things I said -- that was part of my reaction that led to deleting myself. Anger and regret.
  • @Ludo you have to hunt around but it's not to hard to find communities on google+.
    Blades in the Dark
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112767357581554417629

    5th World
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102518767093648051222

    DCC
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105339967712243499289

    Dungeon World Tavern
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100084733231320276299

    Swords without Master
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104194230537983273846

    Otherwise you need to circle the right folks for the private communities and circles.
  • edited July 2015
    Here are just a few of the RPG-related G+ communities I'm a member of:

    Generic (mostly trad but one or two indies there too)
    https://plus.google.com/communities/107422815813208456454?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/115336206234034239085?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/101466247068767710475?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/106022701838596878185?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/104672702589306017985?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/114855411376784352808?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/107093892915465857785?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/105298743270221910970?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/107767351245324995865?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/100260706633299261636?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/104042152936030304973?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/115293460193268073217?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/107864860905070720583?hl=en

    Publishing and game design
    https://plus.google.com/communities/105609195364658012321?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/116642192311404775961?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/communities/104209995185265605633?hl=en

    Patreon projects
    https://plus.google.com/communities/108916349639091729898?hl=en

    And, last but not least, my own indyhippo design lab:
    https://plus.google.com/communities/103082278441538170721?hl=en

    As @akooser says, there are also a lot of game-specifc communities. Just write the game's name in the search field and, unless it's a game about Mongolian yak-farmers in the 13th Century*, the chances are there'll be a community for it :).

    *There may be one of those too for all I know :D
  • I like stackexchange for very specific technical answers. It's not that great for discussion, however. The culture is too pedantic for my tastes.
  • edited July 2015
    I like stackexchange for very specific technical answers. It's not that great for discussion, however. The culture is too pedantic for my tastes.
    I've just joined it. It makes very clear from the outset that it is ONLY for Q&As, NOT discussion. I imagine this is an attempt to ward off toxicity and flame wars etc. Does it succeed, IYO?
  • edited July 2015
    IMO, toxicity is still there, and flame wars of a sort, but in an extremely passive aggressive form. I think it's a problem inherent to the rules of the site, or the userbase it attracts-- which I think their failed "Summer of Love" thing highlights.

    I think that the strict Q&A format works really well for technical questions that have a definite answer, but something more amorphous like RPGs needs a little more flexibility than some users with power allow.

    I'm somewhat bothered by what I see as double standards for people who are part of the clique and others who are not. For example:

    http://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/8002/how-do-i-get-my-pcs-to-not-be-a-bunch-of-murderous-cretins
    http://meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/5649/dissatisfied-with-problem-player-questions

    One might claim that there is a subtle distinction between the first question and the next one that somehow makes one Ok and not the other, but i think they're essentially the same in that there are no hard and fast answers. In fact, the first one is a question about problem players badly disguised as if it's talking about PCs.

    anyway, [/rant over]. :)
  • That's not a rant, you've answered my question by your lights, which is cool. I think I need to investigate the site a bit before making any observations of my own. I will say however that there’s an implicit danger in a Q/A format that the response “I’d advise X” could, in the wrong hands, very easily harden into “You should do X and X only, if you don’t do X you’re doing it wrong.”. Just imagine asking on TheRPGSite “I want to make my D&D campaign a bit more narrative-orientated, how can I do this?”

  • edited July 2015
    Just looked at it a bit more deeply, and I have to say this site is weird. It's more Shreddit in format than other forums, but also rather disturbingly Something Neanderthal in its approach. But I have very little experience of sites that use this type of format, so I'm possibly being unfair to it, and it's intriguing enough IMO to warrant further investigation, so I've started a breakout thread.
  • I think rpg.stackexchange is pretty good
  • It's all about what you like. If you like OSR for example there are lots of forums that specialize in that (dragonsfoot.org being the largest and oldest). I enjoy therpgsite.com for general stuff (particularly since they have an Amber subforum).

    Here's a link to a visualization that I did of a lot of the RPG communities http://www.story-games.com/forums/discussion/20185/a-data-map-of-the-rpg-community

    If you like OSR for example there are lots of forums that specialize in that.

    There's also local google+ and meetup.com groups both can be great if you want to actually get together with folks face to face and game. (I haven't got involved with many general google+ groups cause I find what others have mentioned -- they are hard to search or find older content etc.)
  • edited July 2015
    deleted my criticism of other fora
  • But that map reminds me of The Piazza and that's been pretty good
  • Without derailing or causing cross-forum drama, I'd suggest staying away from RPG.net at all costs. The forum is toxic and the problem is made worse by the mod staff who seem to think they are beyond reproach and the forum rules are only for the plebs. I've seen more personal attacks and downright shitty behavior from the mods there than I have by any poster... of basically any forum I frequent.
  • Probably best not to critique other fora, please stay positive and don't mess with the Zen.

    (Says the guy who ... anyway)
  • I'm very grateful that Story-Games exist <3
  • Go Story-Games!
  • EN World is very focused on D&D, Pathfinder and their ilk but you can also go there to discuss other RPGs IIRC.

    Then there is the Gaming Den. I've never posted there, and I only know about it from TheRPGSite, where I got the impression very much second hand that the Denners were big on character optimisation and what used to be called "gamism" but should now probably be called something else. I remember someone from the Gaming Den coming onto the RPG Site and waxing lyrical about the virtues of scry-and-fry tactics in D&D 3.5 and iterations thereof. Not to my taste really, but perhaps you might find something of interest there.
  • Some forums dedicated to the solo rpg niche:

    The Yahoo Group dedicated to Mythic and other Word Mill Publishing games: Mythic Role Playing And Word Mill Publishing Fan Club

    Going Solo or The Solitary Gamer, a sub group in RPG.net. It's been pretty dead since November of 2014.

    A group I created in G+ from a suggestion I saw at RPGNet: Lone Wolf Roleplaying It's fairly active considering the topic.
  • edited July 2015
    A group I created in G+ from a suggestion I saw at RPGNet: Lone Wolf Roleplaying It's fairly active considering the topic.
    True. Game-specific communities on G+ are among the liveliest.

  • ^ Yeah, that's one of the advantages of G+. To be honest, though, I kinda like the yahoo group format better because of its search. I may not know enough about searching G+ though.
  • If there IS a good way to search through G+ (and it seems like there should be, it being Google), I'd like to hear about it!
  • edited July 2015
    Searchability of posts on G+ is really poor. It's easier if the author puts hashtags in the post.

    The best way to make sure your content is re-findable (aside from adding hashtags) is probably to put all your posts into a pertinent "Collection" (it's a new thing) or within a pertinent Community. Then to find the post again, you have to go to that collection or community page and scroll, scroll, scroll til you see it. Kinda sucks.

  • Man, that is painful. I've been trying to catalogue the "best of" posts in a G-Docs spreadsheet, but it's far from ideal.

  • edited July 2015
    If you have G+ account focused on RPG (design), you can pretty much follow what people post.
    Still, posts so far indicate story-games.com is a pretty good place to hang around :-)
    Personally, I use story-games for general discussion & game design, G+ for specific games and some German pages for local stuff.
  • edited July 2015
    Yeah I'm not a G+ hater. It's the only social network I use. But conversations there are kinda transient. It's just a different medium. If you want stuff to hang around and be searchable later, forums and blogs are still your best venues.

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