Conventional wisdom suggests that making and selling and consuming micro RPGs is all going pretty well. People make them, publish them and sell them for zero, two, five, ten or twelve dollars and people are happy to pay that for those things.
I am never a fan of conventional wisdom.
So a suggestion for all my micro-RPG writers out there: a big fat load of micro RPGs in one book. I’m thinking of calling it something like 1d20 Games, and we try to have 20 games in it. Each between say 6 and 10,000 words. Then we kickstart the whole shebang and make it real purty and printable. Get your game out as something you can put on a shelf. And if it takes off like crazy well then hell, we do it again next year. Like how anthologies gather the year’s best horror and fantasy short stories and such, so as it ends up on the shelf next to novels instead of getting ignored.
I’m throwing this idea out very casually because it’s just an idea as yet, but I’m deadly serious about following it through. I’ll write all 20 RPGs myself if need be. On the other hand, maybe you’ve been looking for a reason to finish something. Maybe you’ve got a threeforged game you’d like to publish. Maybe you’ve made something for free and figure it’s worth charging for but never quite got over that hump of publishing. Maybe together is easier than apart.
If you’ve got thoughts on this, I want to hear them. If you’ve got games to submit to it, I want to know.