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New Year's Day

January 1st, 2003
Updater on Duty:Justin Weiss

With the beginning of a new year comes a new roundtable, where we take a look back and a look forward to figure out the state of our favorite industry. The RPG genre continues to grow, and with developments like the much-publicized Square/Enix merger and the growth of online RPGs over the past year, 2003 looks to be one of the most interesting years RPG fans have ever seen.

Our roundtable topics tonight concerned the aforementioned merger and how it might affect the state of the RPG industry. Next, we discussed the possibility of cell phone RPGs taking off in the near future, and we closed with our staff members revealing which RPGs they are looking forward to the most in the upcoming year. As always, if you have any comments or questions about anything discussed today, send an email to me at, and I'll get back to you ASAP.

We're always open to applications to sit on our roundtable and talk about games with your favorite staff members of RPGamer; the link is on the sidebar to the right. Suggestions, comments, possible discussion topics, and anything else you feel like throwing my way are always welcome, and should be sent to Have a good week, and keep reading!

Justin Weiss

Topics of Discussion

The opinions expressed in the following topics are the opinions of these six staff members and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RPGamer as a whole, nor the RPGamer staff members not participating in the roundtable.

What do you think of the Square/Enix merger?
    The big news recently in the RPGamer world has to do with the merging of the two largest RPG developers into one large company. How does this bode for the RPG industry?
What is the future of cell phone RPGs?
    The nationwide, always-on network provided by cellular phones could change the face of online RPGaming. But is it realistic or just an interesting possibility?
What are your most anticipated games of 2003?
    2003 looks to be one of the best years for RPGamers, with the release of many high-profile games. Which are our staffers looking forward to the most?

This Week's Panelists

Panelist #1 Vital Signs

Name: Alex Wollenschlaeger
Location: Quebec, Canada
Why Me? RPGamer Newsie

Panelist #2 Vital Signs
Cortney Stone

Name: Cortney Stone
Location: Oklahoma

Why Me? RPGamer Newsie


Panelist #3 Vital Signs
Ed Walker

Name: Ed Walker
Location: Washington

Why Me? Theme Central, Programmer

Panelist #4 Vital Signs

Name: Googleshng
Location: Connecticut
Why Me? Q&A Master


Panelist #5 Vital Signs
James Smith

Name: James Smith
Location: Ontario, Canada
Why Me? RPGamer Alumni

Panelist #6 Vital Signs
Justin Weiss

Name: Justin Weiss
Location: Illinois
Why Me? Roundtable Director


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