A very special episode. I’ve done a few tweaks here and there but you want to hear about the episode. Because as I said, it’s that time of year where already start planning and setting goals for the upcoming year.
So what’s this episode about? It’s about Celebrity D&D, Social Media, Gate Keeping, and the direction I plan on taking my own old-school projects. Like the title says. Give it a listen. It’s only getting better.
Playing It Wrong: The Reboot Episode Plus Celebrity D&D, Gate Keeping, and Social Media
And here’s that blog post I mention in the episodeThe OSR: Stagnation, Preservation or Evolution
This week’s episode is up!
I go in a lot of different directions in this episode. A little rant about communities (again). The main rant which is all about adventures are guidelines too. So change that stuff game masters. Make it your own. Sadly, there was no gaming this week due to puppy illness. (She’s better now.) And of course another reading from the Little Brown Books. This week I finish up the monster section in Volume 2: Monsters and Treasure. And a call in from Tim “Gothridge Manor” Shorts. Support his Patreon. He’s a cool dude.
And here’s the Episode.
So things are changing on the blog and the podcast. First on the podcast. Head on over to Anchor and give it listen. Subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. With the el cheapo plan I can’t embed it yet. But I’m working on it.
And in case you are wondering. I talk about changing up games and so on. Any way more tech stuff and game stuff to work on. Keep those dice rolling!
Yes, that’s a click bait style headline. But it’s that time. This is a sort of what’s up and what’s next. And I’m not sure what’s next but I’ve got some ideas. Too many but here’s the main ones. But if you are weary of reading, just hop over and listen to basically the same rant on Playing It Wrong.
Zweihander: You can swing stick without hearing about this one. I many do something standard or maybe kit bash into a Bronze Age Grim & Perilous style game.
Runequest: Well, see above but with Ducks.
Maybe 5E: Who knows? Saltmarsh is coming out. Maybe WOTC won’t screw it up. Or maybe go way off track and do some odd mashup of Spelljammer and Planescape.
Old School never leaves my mind. DCC Lankhmar should be in my hands sometime. But then so should Tegel Manor. I made a little comment on MeWe about an idea of kitbashing Tegel Manor, The Blight, and Midderlands. That could be interesting.
The Great Savage Worlds Pirates Vs Cthulhu game. I think that title says it all. But then thinking about it….see Zweihander.
And then there’s the Return to New Bay City, my urban fantasy setting. I’ve ran it with World of Darkness then Dresden Files RPG (FATE). But I want to do with something else. I’ve thought about Savage Worlds but Old Skull Publishing just had to do a Kickstarter for Dark Streets & Darker Secrets. So that’s bouncing around inside my head. I’ve already backed and so should you. I’ve seen the previously publicly released text and it looks great. If you like Sharp Swords and Sinister Sorcery then yep back it. If you’ve seen the recently Indiegogo fulfillment and publication of Solar Blades & Cosmic spells then go for it. The system for Dark Streets is much closer to Solar Blades. These are good games. Simple and efficient rules. Easy to tweak to your liking. Have a just an awesome feel and vibe about them. Really, check any of those out and check the Kickstarter.
So there you go.
Ah yes. Episode 2 of Playing It Wrong is release into the wild. This time I rant about my DM Notebook. This isn’t my campaign or adventure notes. And it’s not even my DM screen. This is a notebook that I have with various system neutral charts and tables from all sorts of sources. The thing that I notices is that there’s a bunch of those tables, while neat, I wasn’t even using. So it’s time to slim that thing down. I mean why carry extra stuff around. I probably already do carry too much stuff. Heck, it’s thicker than most of my OSR core books (except Dungeon Crawl Classics). So here you, give the episode a listen and share your thoughts.
Episode 2: DM Notebooks
Well, it’s a new year and here’s a new episode of Playing It Wrong.
For the link or podcast weary, I’m going to go into the main thought of this episode here. There was a lot of crap at the 2019. Dumpster fires and cess pools abounded. I really want 2019 to be about gaming as fun and cool. A place where people come together and have fun, make friends, and not worry about whatever labels get stuck onto somebody.
So what am I going to do about? Well, I’m going to start “What’s Cool Wednesday”. At the old blog, I did Webclip Wednesday and I ran with this idea for here. Every Wednesday, I’m going to post about something that I find cool and fun in gaming. It may be a person, publisher, product, podcast, or blog. And I encourage other folks to do the same. Share somebody else’s neat stuff that gets overlooked because there’s Internet drama.
Hello 2019. Share the fun. Share the good.
You can read the rant or listen to Episode 43. Or you can both.
I’m late getting this out because life was busy yesterday. We started making tamales all afternoon in order to get ready for Christmas Eve. Yes, that’s a thing. And a post like this is something I like to do, many to clear my own thoughts.
So what happened this year? Not as much as I would have liked. It’s another that I didn’t get a single published on OBS. I’ve barely kept the blog alive. Real life and the day job still keep things interesting but not in a good way. Throw that in with the nearly monthly dumpster fire that is social media. It’s like crap why bother? I really have felt like after messing with work stress and life stress, why bother even deal with the crap online? But there is hope for next year. I’ve trimmed both Facebook and Google Plus contacts way down. And with the announcement that Google Plus is going away it makes things a lot easier. And with many folks (including myself) moving to MeWe, I’m rebuilding connections and finding even some new folks that I hadn’t really interacted with before. And then of course, there was the rise of Anchor podcasts. I’ve jumped into that too and am really liking it and glad I started doing it.So that pretty much sums up 2018.
What’s the plan for 2019? Lots. Maybe even too much.
Get some stuff up on OBS: I’m nearly done with the first editing pass on Skarynth. That’s my setting supplement for Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells. I wanted to have done by now but I think a safer bet would very early 2019. I’ve got five other projects in various stages of development. I’ve got no definitive schedule but that is one of those things you get to do as a little one man show. I can work on things as I feel and when I feel passionate about what I’m writing. I’m also planning a reviving the Gazebo Gazette. That’s my own little E-zine that’s mostly content based posts from the blog neatened up and put together in one handy PDF.
The Blog and The Podcast: Well, I need to post here more often. That’s all there is to it. I need to get my creative brain back into action. The podcast will continue on it’s weekly schedule and pretty much stay them same. It’s take me a while to get my voice and figure out what I want to do and how to do it, both content and technical wise. I’ve thought about the sponsorships and the podcast subscriptions available through Anchor. I’m still on the fence about those. I’m much more likely to start a very simple Patreon to help back both.
Social Media: Like I said before, I’ve trimmed down my contacts list massively but unfortunately I also haven’t interacted as much as I would like. I’m on three Discord servers and I hardly go there. There’s multiple communities on Facebook and Mewe that I don’t post or even comment in but I belong. This isn’t about pushing blog posts, a podcast or a product. It’s about missing out on potentially making new friends.
Now for the downside. For the past few years, I’ve picked myself and said, “Cheer up. Things are going to be different and better next year.” And well they aren’t. So that’s why this time next year, it will be time for some really deep reflection. I mean how often can I say that and finally learn that maybe I’m wasting time and money.