I would like to ask the following question...
How has Dungeons and Dragons been able to maintain its dominant position in the RPG market for so long?
The original version of Dungeons and Dragons was published way back in 1974. Since then there have been thousands and thousands of competing systems and settings, but none have been able to dethrone it as the most popular and successful product. What are the factors that have allowed it to maintain its position for 40 years? Have there been any periods where its position was seriously threatened? Good answers to this question will consist of more than fanboyism, and will back up their assertions with solid evidence and citings where appropriate and available.
but have some doubts as to whether it meets site requirements.
I have been made aware of this question, but although some of its answers are relevant, I feel that it is not a duplicate.
Having raised the question in chat, concerns were voiced as to whether it would be more appropriate on a business site. I would argue that this question has a number of different angles that a good answer would cover. One of these would certainly be from the business angle, but there would also be consideration of other aspects such as cultural trends during the time period in question, and psychological reasons why the system has remained dominant. I would also argue that a RPG expert would give a better answer due to their knowledge of the game, its history and cultural background.
One other issue that was raised relates to the previous points, and suggests the question should be split to allow the covering of business, psychological etc as different answers. I would argue that this would certainly be an approach that could be taken, but that there is precedence all over the site for questions that can be answered from different perspectives and using different approaches, so as a result it should be possible to ask this as one question.
Having said all this though, I am torn, and throw things open to meta...