In this 2019 GDC talk, Stray Fawn Studio's Philomena Schwab explains how forums (and some useful plugins) can still be useful for indie developers looking to build stable online communities around their games.
Schwab's talk was an insightful and practical look at why the Stray Fawn team and other indie studios of different sizes have decided on the forum option, how to keep your forums alive, and why it makes sense to include other community hubs alongside them.
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