Since I started this blog almost 10 years ago, a lot of fellow RPG bloggers have stopped blogging or moved their activities from their blog to social media. I am quite active on Facebook as well,but even though I haven’t blogged that often recently, I am not planning to close down the blog anytime soon. There are a lot of reasons why I will not do so, and I’ll use this post to share some of my thoughts on the matter.
RPG Bloggers of all countries unite …
Back in 2008 the RPG Bloggers Network had just started. If I am not mistaken it were mainly the people behind the Critical Hits blog and Philippe-Antoine Ménard who started the whole thing. The RPG Bloggers Network was meant as a community of like-minded RPG bloggers and featured a central site which aggregated all member sites’ blog posts. The site was a hot mess consisting of a WordPress page with a RSS plugin which more often crashed and burned than not. But all these technical issues aside, it was my #1 place to go if I was looking for RPG-related news, interesting articles, reviews, interviews et cetera.
In addition to that the small, but growing community was very active. Everyone read everyone else’s posts, commented, gave advice, and helped new voices to be heard. It was an exciting time. Quickly the network had become quite large and reading a day’s worth of posts from the RPG Bloggers Network was akin to drinking from the proverbial firehose. It was not perfect, but it worked. A lot of people who started blogging in these days actually made the jump into the RPG industry.
Unfortunately the RPG Bloggers main site was exploding all the time. Maintaining it was obviously a chore, and adding new sites, editing member entries, etc. was a very manual process. It was pretty clear that this was doomed to fail eventually. I don’t exactly remember how things went down, but the RPG Bloggers Network changed hands eventually and the new owner announced a lot of improvements. But unfortunately not much, if anything at all, happened. The network still existed, but slowly it started to fall apart at its seams.
Continue reading Blogs vs. Social Media–From a RPG Blogger’s Perspective
Hello one and all, and welcome to my look back at 2017, and a look at what may be in store for 2018. I don’t pretend to do a retrospective for the blog itself, but just about my gaming experiences this year, hopefully our readers will find it interesting. Here we go…
This year, besides collaborating here in the blog and participating in Puerto Rico Role Players, I tried two new things I had not done before. Playtesting and starting a video channel. The playtesting came about when the new Alternity game was announced. As a HUGE fan of the previous version of the game I enrolled to participate in the playtest right away. I rarely participated in playtests because I loathed to interrupt my regular game, so to get around this I decided to run the playtesting at a local FLGS that had jut opened in a new location. You can see a video of some of that playtest on this link. Continue reading Sunglar’s Year in Review!
Happy Halloween dear readers! This month I’ve been participating in #Orctober, writing short, or not so short pieces, on the topics shared by the talented artist Claudio Pozas on the promotion below that he shared on his Facebook Page.
I’ve NT been posting daily, instead catching up in multi-day posts through the month, and I had turned those into two previous posts (here and here). Here is the final post collecting my entries corresponding to days 13 to 31. I collected all the social media posts and compiled them into thris one blog post. It is quiet read… I hope some of you enjoy it. Here we go!
#Orctober day 13: Orc’s Pet
Happy Friday the 13th folks! Today’s topic should have been slasher film orc… alas! I blame Claudio Pozas for this oversight. Just kidding. Let’s write about today’s topic.
“Do you like the taste? Yes, it is spicy! That’s tharkan in orcish. I guess you’d call is seasoning or spices. It’s a mix of wild peppers from the south, Tellis root, and a fungus that grows on rotting meat. Don’t look at me like that. It is strong because orcs would use it to season and eat almost any type of meat. I’ll tell you how I learned to prepare it some other times. Let me now tell you about the folly of Mecrog and how it cost the orcs their first defeat in the Second Orc Wars.” Continue reading Orctober 2017 — Days 13 to 31