I read an article about paying for games which basically, was saying that aside from Gary Gygax nobody really got rich from role-playing so buy stuff and support writers.
It also raised the point that like musicians, RPG writers have been disadvantaged by torrenting.
I wrote that, unlike musicians though, I can't go out and play a live show to make money from my games. I'm lucky, I have a regular job so writing is a choice but for some it isnt.
This got me to thinking, the closest I can come to "playing live" is running games at a con to maybe 30 people a weekend which, with travel, is not economical.
I also happen to run a (not for profit) con, which I love doing and which is not a vehicle for pushing my games.
Recently though I have noticed a lot of people involved in Organised Play have expressed no interest in coming to the con. Their opinion is that their play is heavily subsidised or free and there is no reason they should have to pay to come to a con when they get their games for free.
I can't argue with that math.
Here's the problem. By keeping their customers close through OP large companies reduce the chances of people trying something new at cons and shops.
That's good business.
Which, eventually brings me to the question, is Organised Play actually good for the hobby in general or does it funnel people into a few games and reduce their chances of playing new games?
Also, going back to the article, does this in turn reduce peoples willingness to pay for games themselves?