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What’s Going On

Okay, the blog here has mostly been taken up with answering my critics lately. The thing that sticks in my craw from all of that is Justinian Herzog’s feeling that game bloggers such as myself are getting distracted by the culture wars. So I think maybe people are missing out on where the action has shifted to in the past few months.

  • First off, I’ve just got done playing the most monstery of monster games: an eight session long game of 7 Ages played with a full table of seven players. I have not written this up, but you can find pics of this over on the Castalia House media feed on Twitter.
  • On that same feed, you’ll find numerous pics from playtests of Seven Years War: Frederick’s Gamble. This is a great game that typically runs about six to eight hours and that allows for players to drop in and out between sessions if need be. Developer Fred Schachter used to work with SPI and I have to say… seeing first hand how these games come together has been a treat.
  • A lot of my “spare time” goes into editing Castalia House blog lately. A lot of stuff that would have been run here is now getting posted over there. Blog Watch has turned into Sensor Sweep, for instance. If you have a yen for more “Appendix N” type writing, but from a somewhat more scholarly standpoint… you gotta check out Morgan Holmes’s epic series on Building A Weird Tales Library.
  • All throughout last year people were asking me to (a) read something written after 1980 and (b) identify someone that was writing “Appendix N” type literature today. Well I finally addressed that. See the retrospective here and the link roundup followup here. (Full disclosure: the author is published by Castalia House and has given positive endorsements for my stuff.)
  • I occasionally get requests that I go back to doing something along the lines of my session reports and analysis of ACKS and Dwimmermount. Well something like that is in progress as well: a new series on first edition AD&D and Oriental Adventures.

If you want more of what we did last year… well hey, I think we have most of the bases covered here.

So what’s up with this idea that I’m being distracted by politics and so forth? Eh, my theory is that it’s coming from people that read my social feed and ignore what I’m doing over at Castalia House. Don’t do that! Heck, my Google+ page has been called “Drudge Report for Nerds”. Only my closest friends and worst enemies follow it. If I start following a story from the media there, I will likely keep looking at it long after you’ve stopped caring about it. So please… do yourself a favor and don’t look at it, Marion!

Oh, but there is one more place to look if you want to see where all the effort that used to go into game blogging has ended up. It’s in Cirsova:

And if you look at the line-up for the rest of 2016, you can see that I have a piece queued up to appear there that would have in times past simply been posted to the web for free.

Wind is changing!

Yes, it is…. And one of those changes that’s coming along here is the rice bowl is about to come out. I never got around to getting a Patreon set up. I never did a Kickstarter. I never put those adds up for the “guys only” MMORPG games. I just wrote a whole bunch of blog posts. And then… Rhinestone Cowboy style, people I don’t even know started sending me vintage games in the mail. I’m not quite sure how the next phase will shake out, but I’m looking at how the Amazon Associate program at the moment. If I’ve set it up right, when you purchase Cirsova via the link in this post, I will get a kickback for spreading the word. It’s a little tacky, maybe. But for the people out there that want to get all “here, take my money!” on me… there it is.

And that about covers the highlights of what’s going on. See you around!

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5 responses to “What’s Going On

  1. Sky June 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Nice. At my FLGS today there was a four buck copy of the AD&D DM guide. Now I can get stuck into the AD&D posts properly.

  2. Brooser Bear June 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Is Castalia House so named in honor of Hermann Hesse and the Glass Bead Game?

  3. Brooser Bear June 7, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    My vision for role-playing gaming is the Glass Bead Game! DM creates playing experiences using the best of his knowledge, and the players get through them using the best of their thinking ability, learning something in the process.

    BTW, has anyone ever tried making Glass Bead Game, the RPG?

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