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The situation is this: I recently designed an RPG system with a group of friends (a sort of mad-lib type system, an improv-type system where you can't say no but just take what the player and/or GM say and move forward and develop the setting from there).

Now, I have done some basic research and have come up with no systems that are seemingly similar or identical. However, I'm not sure if people would even consider playing it or care about it unless it was super spectacular, considering there are already so many out there. Would people potentially be interested in my RPG? Should I pursue this further and publish it?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by mxyzplk Jan 11 at 19:50

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Please clarify your question and try to make it more factual less opinion. "Is it a good idea" elicits cage opinion only. –  mxyzplk Jan 10 at 16:45
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@mxyzplk Fact: there is always room for yet another RPG. I don't see that there's any opinion involved here, just a person who is very unfamiliar with the state of independent RPG publishing who requires a reality-check. –  SevenSidedDie Jan 10 at 17:42
    
The only point I'd still like to know about is whether there's any intention to publish, or if the question is whether its worth keeping on making an RPG just to be played between friends. –  Jonathan Hobbs Jan 10 at 22:59
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This question still needs editing with more information as to the questioner's intents/concerns. "A bad idea" in terms of making money? Yes. "A bad idea" in terms of vanity in the indie game scene? No. "New game yes or no" is still 100% opinion based without criteria, so this is closed as opinion based. –  mxyzplk Jan 11 at 19:51
    
"How do I get interest in my game?" and "How do I get help in writing an independent RPG?" are both possibly quite good indie RPG questions, which you could feel free to ask separately. Generally, you should only be asking one distinct question per question, since you don't have a limited budget of questions you can ask. –  Jonathan Hobbs Jan 12 at 6:09

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If you're developing your own RPG and you and your friends enjoy it, that's great! If you want to play a particular way, and creating your own thing to let you play that way is what makes you happy, then there's nothing you need to worry about. There's nothing wrong with developing another, whether it's for yourself or others - that isn't a bad thing at all, and quite a worthwhile pursuit if you care to do it.

In case you're worried people might think "we don't need another one of those!" - they won't. To give you some perspective, RPGGeek lists almost 4,500 RPGs - and there are plenty of fun ones that wouldn't be listed there, like Roll for Shoes. Nobody is going to be upset that there's another one, and might be pretty happy if it seems like they'd have fun with it!

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In fact, there are lots of people who actively seek out new RPGs because they like to try new ways of roleplaying, so for those people they will be actively happy to hear about a new game published. –  SevenSidedDie Jan 10 at 15:38

Yes, of course, you should.

But a few words of warning... First and foremost, expect to do a lot of work on it: writing is not the same thing as playing with friends. You must make it all understandable and clear to complete strangers. Also, friends are great play testers but not nearly sufficient. Nor are they proof readers. Second, do expect people to criticise everything about your system. If you are lucky, they will do it in an assertive way but expect "you suck" a lot and sometimes they might just be right despite being obnoxious. Know as well, that you cannot please everyone. Finally, do not expect to get rich from it. You will not. Remember Yog's law at all times which states that money flows towards the writer.

All that gloom and doom said: go for it! If nothing else, it will give you an experience.

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You have nothing to lose, but also know there are a ton of games out there with more and more appearing monthly. If you publish do it out of a labor of love for your game. As Sardathrion said don't expect to get rich. –  Anonymous RPGer Jan 10 at 19:24

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