Currently the tag has two distinct purposes.

  1. As a tag alongside another system tag, where that system happens to be an independent RPG. For example: a portion of our and questions. It also happens to be used on its won in a couple of questions - on the Do and Engel systems - which might've been in this category but had their system tag disappear.

  2. More popularly, it's a tag for questions about developing an indie RPG, e.g. how to publicise it or publish it or various other stuff involved.

Is use #1 how this tag should actually get used? Should we make this tag be just about #2?


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2 only, usage per 1 is a redundant and meta tag and should be removed when found.

If a game is just about octaNe, adding indie-RPG has no value. If it's about writing or marketing or communities or whatnot it's a meaningful differentiator. But we don't label every 3.5e rules question with "trad" (or "rules") - doing so fails to apprehend the reasons we have tagging on the site.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Usage per 2 is effectively redundant too: every user asking publishing questions is asking because they're publishing independently, and no non-indie publishers are going to ask here about publishing their games. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 23:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie I disagree because of how "indie" is used in RPGs - it doesn't really just mean a small independent game, like two guys publishing an OSR retroclone would not normally be described as "indie," it's more for "hippie-dippy FORGE type games" and thus conveys more information about intent. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 at 12:36

It's a useless tag. Its meaning is too varied.

Historically, I think it was added as a placeholder for tags of infrequently asked-about games, something that could stick around when the game's actual tag vanished when StackExchange cleaned it away due to apparent rarity and disuse.

Let's just get rid of it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It does seem like we can just retag all 28 questions in there with either: (a) the [game-design] tag, (b) a tag for the system concerned, or (c) just removing the tag altogether. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 27, 2014 at 6:33

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