I'm always a little bit surprised when I discover that venues outside our little bubble have taken notice of anything I've written. So it was this morning, when I found lots of hits from The Escapist, an online site dedicated primarily to video games of various sorts, though it's probably best known for the reviews of Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw.
The hits originated in an article written by Allen Varney about the decline of tabletop roleplaying as a hobby and the effects, both good and bad, the Internet has had on the medium. Varney's no stranger to the world of pen and paper gaming, even if he spends most of his time nowadays in the electronic realm. His article is short, making it more a conversation starter rather than a definitive statement on the predicament tabletop gaming currently finds itself in. It's well worth a read, if only because The Escapist is widely read and influential, shaping the opinions and perceptions of many who might otherwise have little contact with the RPG community anymore, assuming they ever had any.