Saturday, June 4, 2016

Why Dungeons & Dragons is Good for You (In Real Life) | Ethan Gilsdorf | TEDxPiscataquaRiver



This is a very interesting talk.

There is nothing new here. The speaker is not that charismatic. The points that are made are not that strong. The frothy emotional appeal is not that endearing.

The reason I enjoy this is because it clearly demonstrates the challanges of the current hipster talk over of the RPG community. Ethan does not speak hipster--he is completely incapable of capturing why D&D is currently gaining popularity. 

By focusing on historically important D&D Fandom Tropes he may actually be marganalizgin the current batch of fans, which I find very interesting & relate to a lot. 

D&D has changed, but the majority of our commentators either have not noticed or assumed that the changes of popularity are based on more people suddenly realize that the grognards were correct. Which is not true. In fact, is likely the opposite of true.