Tuesday, November 3, 2009

If RPGs Were Like Tupperware…

So my wife is hosting a Pampered Chef party next Monday. For those of you unacquainted with Pampered Chef, it is an endeavor not unlike Beauty Control or Tupperware—a largely ovary-dominated gathering where guests overpay for some (admittedly neat) doodads, contraptions, and the latest in either cosmetic or culinary technology.

Now, I am not displeased that she is having this party, namely because the things she gets make her happy and help her make me some awesome meals, but I do wonder what it’d be like if gamers had this sort of thing? Specialty dice (the dEverything, the Zocchihedron), mixed with niche RPGs, expensive coffee-table style game books, custom mahogany dice towers, and gaming accessories you never knew existed, but could no longer live without.

The only problem would be finding an audience. I imagine you’d have to cover a pretty big geographical area to make it worth your while.

10 comments:

clash bowley said...

I have a zocchihedron!

-clash

Gleichman said...

Aren't are already like that?

Very niche products. Certain nights of the week where we get together in groups to use them or consider new ones...

Tyson J> Hayes said...

Your idea is amusing, and something that's already kind of implemented with conventions. We all go to the conventions to buy similar products and talk about them. In a way it's like a tupperware party except just not at anyone's home.

Amusing idea though.

Zachary The First said...

@clash: Me, too!

@gleicman: All that’s missing is the catalogs!

@Tyson: Good point. In a way, the dealer room at a convention is a big Tupperware party.

newbiedm said...

This is a great idea... RPG parties, where you sample different products.

You bring premade PC's, and you Dm a few rounds of combats or whatever, to get a taste of how the mechanics work...

Interesting concept....

clash bowley said...

I've also got a dTotal, which is what you linked to. I didn't know what a dEverything was! I bought it a couple of GenCons ago, from Lou himself.

Zachary The First said...

Heh--I like calling it a dEverything. A better name, in my mind.

HinterWelt said...

I have heard this model proposed 4 times int he past eight years. Once it was acted on to utter failure. It really sounds good on paper but does not work as well in practice. Not sure why cause it sounds good to me as well but every time it seems to fall through.

Zachary The First said...

You mean someone actually tried it? I'd love to hear how that worked..or didn't.

Oz RPG said...

I've considered doing something like this. The challenge is finding a workable format.