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Topics discussed in this episode include:
- Brian and Darren's tentacles throughout the roguelike community
- DarkGod's minions, and the community features he has built into Tales of Maj'Eyal
- How most roguelike fans are focused into single and disparate game communities: ToME, ADOM, DCSS, Angband, Nethack, Brogue, DoomRL, Dungeons of Dredmor
- The reasons why many players only ever significantly play one and only one roguelike
- How the ASCII Dreams Roguelike of the Year poll represents community acitivty
- The struggle for small games to get players and visibility
- Sites with general roguelike discussion: RogueTemple, Something Awful Forums roguelike thread, Bay12 Games "Other Games" forum, reddit/r/roguelikes
- The #rgrd IRC channel for live chat with other developers
- The confluence of developers on Twitter, including Darren and Ido
- The TIGSource development forums
- Just how lovely and friendly roguelike communities are and how welcoming they are of new players and respectful they are to each other (yes, that includes you, dear listener!)
- Player generosity in funding, including the ADOM Crowdfund, the DoomRL donation drive, and the regular donations for Dwarf Fortress and Tales of Maj'Eyal
- The role of communities in the formation and evolution of roguelikes, and how all the major roguelikes have been built upon player suggestions
- The benevolent dictator set-up for development, and how this works well for roguelikes, and why this makes it important for big projects to pull fanbases together early on
- Lots of Finns play ADOM, we don't know where the Japanese are hiding, and other such roguelike demographics
- In-person meetings, including LondonIndies, TIGJams, GDC and of course the upcoming International Roguelike Development Conference in Poland 7th June
- The blogosphere (god I hate that word) and RogueBase to keep track of roguelike blogs
- Potential for engagement with the pen and paper RPG communities
- An open question for you: What other major communities do you know of?
Join us next time for a start of our response to this year's epic crop of Seven Day Roguelikes!