So, I was reading Zak this morning, and through his site was linked to a rant from a
Google employee about the nature of platforms versus products. Being a developer by trade the rant itself was interesting insight into Google internal politics, and in my personal opinion spot on the money. But Zak applying this to RPG's is also a great read.
In my own interpretation of "Platform" vs "Product" in regards to RPG's I see this as the difference between "System" and "Setting", though others may disagree. A setting free system is a good platform, but if it is ever going to take off it does need a "killer app", of a good setting.
At this point you may be asking: "How can Zzarchov turn this post into something about him?" Well here we go: Neoclassical Geek Revival is designed as a platform, one that is meant to be hacked and used piecemeal. It is meant to integrate easily into whatever house rules , OSR clone, or d20 product you already use. It is extremely explicit about this in its foreword.
What it needs is a second book, a setting, to function as a "killer app". I am just not as interested in building a setting as I am a system however, the nature of my own creativity. I like my own home setting, but writing it out doesn't seem particularly fun nor would it really be a huge interest. That said I do have a setting I have been thinking on for some time, maybe I should make it.
The Necronomicon, Family Skiner Edition.
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