So, with all the discussion, dissension and occasional heartburn this past week over the future of the RPG Bloggers Network, we saw Berin Kinsman of Uncle Bear try something new--the Role Play Media Network.
This network is not a feed aggregator, nor is it a replacement for the RPGBN. It's a social networking site, which is going to turn some people on and some off. It's a site for bloggers, podcasters, writers, publishers, artists, and game masters can get together. You can upload music, add your blog's RSS feed, take part in a forum or live chat, personalize your own page, add special interest groups, and more.
It sort of has the feel of a mini-Facebook. And all those bells and whistles have people trying it right now--it's when the shine wears off a bit we'll see its success or failure for gamer networking.
Back to the creating groups bit for a minute--I've been puttering around on there (my page is here), and I've created several discussion groups. Here are just a few--we'll see how much interest or utility they hold in the long run: Small Press Advocates, Classical D&D, Traveller, Hoosier Gamers, and Midwestern Gamers. For fun, I joined a World Creation group, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, Gaming Podcasters, and several others.
Either way, we already know it'll be better than Gleemax, and it loads faster than ENWorld. (Then again, I could load up the most graphics-intensive site on the internet with my old 1996-era desktop, and it would still load faster than ENWorld).
We should also hear something by week's end on the fate of the RPG Bloggers Network. Either way, should be a busy week all around. And if you do check out the Role Play Media Network, make sure to say hi!