Monday, October 15, 2012

Off Topic: State of the Blog (and Blogger)

Sorry again for late post today, I'll address it below. Today is a quick post but I just wanted to keep everyone up to speed with what is going on.

Late Posts
I've once again hit a patch where some posts are unreliable on when they come out. This happens mostly when routines get disturbed for me. Of late the routine has been to write the blog post for the next day at work during the quiet part in the early morning while I'm collecting what I need to work for the rest of the day. Not the best solution, but it works. The problem is the last couple weeks have been really busy at work and I didn't adjust to compensate. This should only be a temporary problem. Why? Because, one, I was super busy at work because people were sick and two, I'm re-working my schedule so the blog is done before I do other stuff in my day but after work. For you, this means very little aside from the fact that I may be a bit late here and there as I transition but there should be daily posts going up Mon-Fri.

Generic Advice
A while ago I asked if you guys like the system-less advice as the primary form of advice from me and most people who answered said they liked it. As such, I'll be trying to keep my advice as system-less as I can, though there will be some forays into system specific as I find particular games. Odds are I'll be doing something on Shadowrun soon. Speaking of..

This world has caught me up completely and I've barely even read a rule book for the game. I have an idea for how the world works though, and that has me all sorts of intrigued and desiring to run a game in it. Enough so that I bought the 4th ed 20th anniversary book to read through, and I'm very heavily considering buying the other core rules and GM screen (it's not that much for an initial investment all things considered. Especially when I'm used to dropping $50-$60 for a base book lately and I can get 5 books for less than $150). Several of my players seem very excited by the prospect of the world as well, so something will likely come of this. I just need to go over all the rules and such first. There's been some good advice to be found on that in the discussion on friday, as well as on reddit's RPG and Shadowrun subreddits.

Me, Myself, and I
The next couple of weeks are going to be transition periods for me. The good news: I'm going from a no-benefits contract employment to a full on benefited salaried position at my place of employment. Essentially this means more money, likely along with more work, but I'm happy. Also, having medical benefits will be good. Especially since that will lower my taxes by being covered. Still, it does mean the next couple of weeks could still be very busy and make for missing days or late posts. Sorry in advance!

So, whats up with you? Everything else here is the same. I'm still committed to 5 posts a week and mostly system-less advice for GMs. But I am curious whats going on with everyone else. What games are you playing? What problems are you running into? What should we be talking about real soon? Sound off in the comments.


  1. Well congratulations on the salaried position, that's no simple feat these days.

    Don't sweat not making your blogging quota if something comes up. Real life is usually more important.

    Admin RPG Blog Alliance

  2. Congratulations on the full time job.

    Thanks to the RTR meetup group in Raleigh NC, I have been able to try out a lot of game systems recently. I have had the opportunity to play Exalted!, Cyberpunk, and Iron Kingdoms for the first time in the past month. I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

  3. Well done on the job sir!

    I start character gen for my CP2020 in just over a week, and I'm really looking forward to this one. One of the players is a long time friend who I've never ran a game for that's been longer than a two session quicky. I've also just done my first playtest for a card game I'm designing. It went well, and makes me confident that the idea has legs and may one day become an actual game for other people to play.

  4. Thanks for the congratulations.

    Glad to hear about the play test going well, Paul. Ideas having legs is an awesome feeling. Reminds me, I need to finish this submission proposal for a game I made that's just been gathering dust in my desk drawer.

    Jonn, I'm glad you're getting a chance to try a lot of games. That can be one of the best things in the world for a gamer. Especially when you find the game that just clicks nearly perfectly with you.