Nick Wingfield, writing for the New York Times about the rise in popularity of board games, particularly those created by independent designers:
New tools now power the creation of tabletop games — many in the strategy or fantasy genres — from idea to delivery. Crowdfunding sites provide the seed money and offer an early gauge of demand. Machines like 3-D printers can rapidly create figurines, dice and other prototype game pieces. And Amazon, the online retail giant, can handle shipping and distribution, cutting out the need for middlemen.
I think this article highlights a trend in several industries, not just board games. Technology is helping small, independent businesses take on well-established corporations like never before:
- Marketplaces like Etsy enable artisans to promote and sell their unique goods around the world.
- Backend as a service (BaaS) companies like Amazon Web Services and Parse provide affordable, world-class platforms on which a single programmer can create a scalable application capable of supporting millions of users.
- Self-publishing services like Blurb allow authors to create beautiful books without relying on a traditional publisher.
- YouTube has launched the lucrative careers of numerous personalities without any need for talent agencies or Hollywood studios.
It’s empowering to know that an individual with a great idea can bring that idea to fruition, even in well-established industries, without risking their entire life savings. Not everything created with technology is beneficial, but these are all examples of the Internet at its best.