December 18, 2012
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What a year! I can hardly believe it. Comparing this to what I wrote in 2011… well… there just isn’t any comparison.
The feedback I’ve gotten from doing these posts this year really inspired me to keep at it. Thanks for reading.
Car Wars posts — You know, this is what I’m supposed to dish out here, so these get top billing.
The big series on Madicon 21 — You know… this was a lot of fun.
My series on game mastering — The ideas in this came to me in a flash of inspiration; years ago I would have just stewed about it for a few days and then forget about it… but I put myself on a schedule and developed it all until I got through everything I had to say.
Earlburt’s guest posts on The Lost City — I was very pleased when my long time Car Wars opponent started running B/X D&D again. I was even happier when he agreed to do this series for me.
My Series on Steve Jackson’s first role playing game and its descendents — I was pretty excited to get hold of a firsthand account of what Steve Jackson was like as a game master back in the Metagaming days. That’s gotta be my biggest scoop evah!
More Old School D&D:
The Big Ogre Walkthrough — This became the most-read series in the history of this blog when Steve Jackson himself linked to it from the Ogre Kickstarter update. Three thousand people clicked onto the first one… and a third of those read to the end. (Yeah… I never did post on the end game….)
Thousand Suns readalong — Man, I can’t believe I actually slogged through this. I kept to the schedule and I learned a trick of editing the queued up posts when I wasn’t awake enough to spin out a new installment. Special thanks to Roger Burton West for sticking with me all the way through to the end!
Tolkien Reader Discussion Questions — Okay, these wasn’t the most successful thing I ever did, but it did give me some insight into why Kili and Fili had to die next to Thorin at the Battle of Five Armies. It also explains why your retainers would do the same for your player character!
Odds and Ends:
October 29, 2012
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I’ve been posting on WordPress for six years now… and I just scored my 100,000th hit. I have no idea what percentage of those are robots… or how many readers go uncounted. But the number of hits-per-month sure seems to change in response to my output, so maybe there’s something to it. (I get 800 just for being here. I can bust 2,000 if I post a lot. 5,000 and 10,000 hits in a month require linkage from high-traffic web sites. One third of my hits are from this year, so things have definitely picked up recently.)
I sometimes wonder why I do this, but then I think of all of the creative gamer types I stay in touch with here… the insightful comments that get posted here by dedicated followers, not to mention the occasional package of vintage games that arrives in the mail. (Games that I just wouldn’t otherwise buy for myself.) 100,000 hits represents a lot of attention for old school games that wouldn’t otherwise get covered. Hopefully you’ve been inspired to dig those dusty old games out of the closet and get them good and played like they deserve.
Thanks for sticking with me, folks. I don’t know what the future holds, but the present is significantly more cheerful thanks to you.
Just for future reference, these are the games that currently hit the table as of late. My “Hot Ten,” as it were:
- The Last Starfighter Combat Game
- Power Grid
- Napolean’s Triumph
- GURPS Prime Directive
- Raid on Cygnosa
- Labyrinth Lord
- Car Wars Compendium Second Edition
- The Awful Green Things From Outer Space
- Star Fleet Battles
- Star Trek III Starship Combat Game
Coincidentally, my Car Wars T-shirt arrived to day. (Coincidence? I think not!) Life is good and the stars are right!
March 29, 2007
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You know its got to be bad if Scoble stops blogging…. When the little feed that occasionally pops up through out the day on my system tray began to be noticeably light on tech news, I had to wonder if maybe a nuclear bomb had gone off that I hadn’t heard about. This was only a short while after he’d pronounced newspapers dead; maybe the media cabal had conspired to silence him….
It turns out that he’s stopped blogging for a week as an act of solidarity with a fellow a-list tech blogger that’s received several disturbing threats on her blog and elsewhere on the web. (They’re pretty disturbing; don’t look unless you want to be grossed out.) That’s shouldn’t be that surprising– but what really makes it scary is that the wacked out stuff is coming from, apparently, other well known tech bloggers…. Perhaps what’s most surprising about all of this is that it is in fact… uh… surprising. If we’d just paid attention to Clay Shirky, though, we’d have known all along that A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy.
(It amazes me that Shirky had written this as far back as 2003. His speech is the only thing that makes sense out of the 25 years of technological development that I’ve witnessed first hand. This is definitely one of those cases where reality is stranger than science fiction.)
Folding this in with my Traveller gaming, I’m going to play blogging in the far future as being one of those forbidden technologies that are outlawed and restricted the same way that robotics and psi research are. It’s not that nanotech and blogging can’t exist… it’s just that any culture that goes too far with this stuff just mysteriously annihilates itself. Whether the technologies are that inherently volatile or whether there are mysterious forces that want to guide civilisation along certain predetermined “tech trees,” it is not known. But the information technology of the Third Imperium is strictly organized along the Encyclopedia Galactica approach.