Gaming 2007: The King is Dead, Long Live the ?????
Ryan Dancey, the former VP at Wizards of the Coast and one of the major players in D&D 3rd Edition and the d20 OGL movement, has posted some rather dire predictions in his blog. But at the end is one small nugget of hope...
"By GenCon SoCal the industry will be dealing with a rampant sense of doom, fed by the continuing erosion of retailers, the bad news from Upper Deck, and widespread late (or non) payment of freelance designers and artists caused by a cashflow crisis throughout the mid-tier of publishers. For industry insiders, this will be a period similar to that of 1996. The tumult, chaos and confusion will obscure the emergence of a new game platform, probably created by a new company from outside the industry, and possibly sold through a retail channel that only partially overlaps with the hobby gaming industry, which will create a whole new ecosystem in the hobby gaming space. For those paying very careful attention, year's end will present a ray of hope in an otherwise disastrous time - creating a way out of the trap of the collapsing retailer tier."
Gamegrene would love to hear what your predictions are for what this "new game platform" will involve.