I’d been looking forward to the release of RPGcat for some time now – it really makes me smile, and I wanted to share it with people. I thought it had real potential to become a webseries that people would follow and enjoy.
The reality of it is quite different, though. A few people thought it was hilarious, but most people were just bored or disinterested, if not outright hostile. (So much for the gaming community, I suppose.) There’s no point in putting in this many hours into making more videos if this is the general reaction. Yes, the reaction to most of my work tends towards the extremes, but this is too much. Too few people are enjoying this and too many are hating it.
This makes me wonder quite severely about the future of this site and my online work. I want to do more than just design games, but frankly it looks like every time I try to do something else all I do is piss people off or bore them. I’ve often suspected there’s something about me that annoys people: some quality of smugness, or just something off that rubs people the wrong way. Maybe that’s the reason.
Right now Verena and I have several more web-related projects almost ready to go. Since we’re not exactly rich, the hosting and domain costs are a big deal to us, but we’ve been paying this money in the hope that the result would be something people would enjoy. If this is not the case, we will have to scale this stuff back quite a bit, and concentrate only on writing.
I’m not fishing for compliments here. I got a pretty clear picture of the reaction to the video. Just thinking out loud, really. Wondering about the shape of the future. (I thought it was prettier.)