Needless to say, this week I've been obsessed with science fiction topics and likely will be for some time to come (more on that later). Historically, though, SF has been an "also ran" genre of the hobby. There have been science fiction RPGs aplenty, even a few very successful ones, but, by and large, their success pales in comparison to fantasy.
So, today's question for discussion is this: why do you think science fiction is a lot less broadly appealing than fantasy as a genre for roleplaying games? Is it something inherent to the subject matter or is it simply a matter of presentation? That is, has there been some flaw in previous SF RPGs that have limited their appeal, a flaw that could possibly be fixed?
I'm still trying to catch up on various things, so I need to be intermittently online today, unlike most Fridays. Expect no further posts today, as usual, since my online presence is mostly to play catch-up rather than anything else.