I’ve held the belief for a while now that the future of tabletop roleplaying – and really, its whole future – lies not just in online distribution, but in distribution for free in open formats. I have a lot of reasons for believing this, but what I didn’t have until now was much in the way of evidence that I’m right. So here’s Agyris, an alternative-fantasy setting presented as a website. I think the latter part is important; people making PDFs still have books on the brain, as if being on paper is more real somehow. But printouts never really look all that good, color on the screen looks great and is dirt cheap, and making people load a PDF is just that much more friction to put between readers and your content. These folks do great design, have great art, and have big ambitions – I only caught them because they sent a press release about their new Flash cartoon. (And they have even bigger furniture: check out this completely insane multi-headed workstation they call the “Ultimate Game Table.”) Your hobby might look an awful lot like this in five years, so have a peek now.
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