Saturday, August 28, 2010

On RPG Message Boards

RPGnet: The occasional good thread pops up at RPGNet, but I hate sifting through the Exalted threads and pages of stuff that I just don’t care about. Big Purple's still a good resource at times, but the signal/noise ratio isn’t great.

The RPG Site: I still love the Mos Eisley of RPG forums, especially because of some of the friendships I’ve made there, but honestly, the quality of conversation there lately has not been great overall. Maybe it’ll pick up soon—it seems to go in peaks and troughs.

The RPG Haven: I enjoy visiting The Haven and enjoy some truly great discussion there, but I still don’t think the board has hit critical mass in terms of membership. It’s a smaller, quieter board, which is nice, but sometimes I wish there were a few more folks over there.

Citizens of the Imperium: Honestly, I haven’t been getting that much out of that site lately, and consequently haven't visited in a while. I still love Traveller, but few discussions over there I feel like putting my two cents in over.

I lurk like crazy at the ODD74 board, Story Games, and several others, but really don’t have the time to post that often. I check out ENWorld infrequently, but it seems like the same 3 conversations are running in perpetual syndication.

Do you hang out on any RPG message boards? Do you hang out on more or fewer than you did a few years ago? Any you would recommend for an eclectic mix of gaming discussion that I just can’t live without?

29 comments:

Dr Rotwang! said...

I used to hit up Big Purple, Punditville and The Haven. I traded one for the other and the other for the next. Then I got bored.

Anonymous said...

Message boards always seem to rehash the same old rules arguments over and over and over and over again....

PARTICULARLY Dragonsanus (I mwan Dragonsfoot LOL)


I prefer reading blogs.

Zachary The First said...

It happens, to be sure.

The Dungeoneering Dad said...

I tend to haunt more company-specific boards (see here: http://thedungeoneeringdad.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-internet-hang-outs.html )

BlUsKrEEm said...

I haunt the Piazza quite a bit, and ODD74. ODD is IMO the best RPG board out there these days.

Greg said...

Great post, Zack. I didnt know that several of these boards existed.

Chuck said...

I lurk mostly on the Enworld and Paizo boards. But I do post occasionally on the Savage Worlds boards. It's a pretty good and friendly community without lots of flame wars and constant rehashing of the same topics over and over.

James said...

The Goblinoid Games forums are fun, friendly and useful. It and the OD&D Boards are my favorites.

Lisandro Gaertner said...

I lurk and post at sjgames forums. I like the conversations and there are a lot of resources for GURPS, one of my favorite games.

StormBringer said...

There is always the Citadel of Chaos... :)

StormBringer said...

I forgot the linky. :)

http://www.citadelofchaos.net/forum/index.php

theMonk said...

Have you tried the forums on pen and paper games?

http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/forum.php

Joseph said...

The only one I read with any frequency any more is Canonfire:

http://www.canonfire.com

It's Greyhawk-specific, but they occasionally have more generic rules discussions.

Andreas Davour said...

The signal to noise is terrible at most places. Thr RPG Site is one I never understood the of point of. It's like rpg.net without the excellent index/review facilities.

mxyzplk said...

I tend to hang at Paizo a lot since I'm a Pathfinder guy. When I'm in a forum mood I tend to hit them in the same order - I do RPG.net until I get sick of their cruft, cliquishness, and moderation, ENWorld until I get sick of their limited scope, TheRPGSite till I get sick of the limited conversation, then I eyeball story-games.com and dragonsfoot.org to check the current indie and old school "top 40."

grodog said...

I still check into many old school boards regularly, although in some cases only once or twice a month:

Knights & Knaves
Alehouse
(one of my main forums; registration issues were recently resolved there, in case you're looking for a very solid AD&D forum)

ODD74 is also excellent, although I usually only check it 1-3 times/week

ENWorld: I only read General Discussion and Sepulchrave's "Wyre" story hour; I check this 1-3 times/week too

Greyhawk forums:
- Canonfire!
- Tripleoakleaf GH forum
- Dungeon Delver's GH forum
- Maure Castle on Paizo's forums

Dragonsfoot (1-2/month, other than the Greyhawk forum)

S&W forums: I check this ~1/week or so usually

The Acaeum is one of my mainstay forums too, but there's generally not a lot of gaming discussion vs. collecting discussion going on there

Allan.

N. Wright said...

For what it's worth, Goblinoid Games has my favorite forum. It's relatively slow paced, but nearly everybody is exceptionally polite, well-spoken, and friendly.

Wyatt Salazar said...

I "grew up" on GameFAQs and their RPG forum was my first RPG forum. I contend it is the worst RPG forum that exists. Small, low traffic, full of morons, with completely inbred thread memes that cycle in and out all the time – particularly edition wars. I lurk ENWorld – aside from the fact that threads there become longer than the Bible and impossible to enter unless you catch them when they're just 1 page, it seems the most decent place.

Shawn Merrow said...

I used to go to several RPG forums.

Guardians of Order: They had a nice forum. Such a shame the company went out of business.

R.Talsorian: Used to visit on a regular bases when they had a forum.

RPG.net: Used to visit daily and wrote a few reviews for them. Started finding not much worth reading and the hostile attitude was off putting. A certain incident drove me away and have not logged on in years.

Palladium Books: Had an account since it went online. Its the only RPG forum I'm still active on. Still have a lot of fun there and have known some members for over a decade.

Tommy Brownell said...

I tend to agree with a lot of this, especially with the first three.

The signal/noise ratio on RPGnet does suck.

I get tired of every thread on The RPG Site devolving into the same stupid Swinewar, which is now growing to the point that some folks consider any RPG that has Action/Drama/Fate/Whatever Points to not be "real" RPGs. And the moderators are getting...um...interesting. I say that as a guy who has no real problem with them as individuals, either.

The Haven skews a little further to the non-trad/indie line than I do...but I still like it.

I'm also a regular on the Savage Worlds board, but since I haven't played it much in a while, I tend to not have as much to contribute these days.

Tommy Brownell said...

Oh...and I'm just really not old school enough for the Citadel of Chaos...=)

Zachary The First said...

@Tommy: Hey, I'm a mod on theRPGsite! Am I getting odd(er)?

Tommy Brownell said...

Nah...but you haven't been sandbagging people for linking to their games in relevant threads about their games, or demanding a line minimum in the news section.

OlmanFeelyus said...

In terms of pure efficiency, the Savage Worlds boards are pretty impressive. But I never go there, because both the game and the boards themselves just solve any game questions I have so quickly and so definitively, that there is no real reason to stick around! That's a compliment, really.

I am a big fan of the Haven, but I wish we could just hit some kind of critical mass to get activity up. Because otherwise the attitude is great and there are some good members there.

I actually have gotten pretty good at filtering out the noise at rpg.net and I enjoy hanging out there for long periods until the mods come in and remind me of how badly their moderation policies are. They have been better as of late, though.

Though flawed, I still think forums are the best way to have a good online conversation about gaming. Blogs are great as well, but they serve a different function.

clash bowley said...

I'm a regular on RPGNet, RPGSite, and RPGHaven, and agree with your assessments.

-clash

StormBringer said...

@Tommy:
"Oh...and I'm just really not old school enough for the Citadel of Chaos...=) "

Don't be silly! Vintage Gaming is an outlook, not a ruleset. :)

J. Peters (Kinetic) said...

The only other boards that I tend to frequent are Animalball and RPG Geek. Animalball is a small board with good people and RPG Geek is fast becoming my new favorite board.

Steve said...

In the top 100 current threads at RPG.net I see 4 Exalted threads. If you haven't been to RPG.net since 2005, that would explain your opinion.

@Tommy. I find bizarre the notion that RPG.net refers to FATE/drama-point games as not "real" RPGs. Dresden Files, Savage Worlds, Buffy, Diaspora, Deadlands, Spirit of the Century are all RPG.net darlings. It'd be hard to find an anti-thread on these games, let alone the assertion they aren't real RPGs. Maybe I'm just missing it.

Marshall Smith said...

Anybody here delved into http://rpg.stackexchange.com/ yet? It's in public beta now. It's a pretty radically different approach. Closer to Yahoo Answers than an actual forum. I'm not sure yet if I like it, but I've only skimmed it a few times so far.