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The tag description for says:

For questions related to the pop culture surrounding RPGs. The pop culture may be famous events, real-life legends, well-known lore, or other pop culture items.

The tag description for says:

This tag covers questions about the entire history of role-playing games: the history of game companies, trends within the hobby, developments of new kinds of mechanics, and gaming's place in culture.

These seem to be very similar, both in description and in content covered, and it begs the question: when does a pop culture phenomenon become a facet of gaming history?

Should we synonym to , should we improve the tag descriptions so they are more notably distinct, should we leave them as is, or something else?

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There's a distinction to make between game development and game play/discussion.

Many questions in are about the early development of various games and play practices. I can see a desire to distinguish these from common elements in the conversation of gaming which were nonetheless never codified outside of discussion forums, and seems as good a bin for that as any.

There is some overlap, of course; successive editions of, say, D&D, or even the development of D&D out of Chainmail, relied to some extent on the experiences people had during actual play of the relevant game. should probably cover those play experiences that shaped later game development as well.

Proposal

In light of this, the tag wiki should be amended to

This tag covers questions about the historical development of role-playing games: the history of game companies, trends within the hobby, developments of new kinds of mechanics, and how gaming's place in culture affected these developments.

For questions about popular elements of gameplay or game discussion, consider . For identifying gaming products from history, also consider . For definitions of gaming terms and jargon, also consider .

The tag wiki should be amended to:

This tag covers questions about the pop culture surrounding RPGs: famous events, real-life legends, well-known lore, or other items. If it's more famous as an element of gameplay or game discussion than it is for any appearance in a published rulebook, it's RPG pop culture.

For questions about the process of game development, including gameplay or game discussion that would go on to inform game development, consider . For definitions of gaming terms and jargon, also consider . For identifying gaming products from history, also consider .

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Is there an action item here, or “leave everything as is”? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 31 at 0:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov Ah, good point. I've amended a proposal. \$\endgroup\$
    – Glazius
    Aug 31 at 1:55

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