Sunday, March 21, 2010

Peace Through World Creation

It's been a rough couple of days in the online gaming community, with some hot heads getting the best of people, and some nasty back-and-forths going on both publicly and privately. I've had my fill of that, so I tend to turtle up and concentrate on other things...like world building.

I might be running Traveller next, but that doesn't mean I'm still not working on my Middle Isles campaign. I find working on it over at Obsidian Portal sort of helps tune out the nastiness, and lets me reconnect with the creative side of the hobby. Plus, it's nice having a project to work on at my leisure, with no sort of definitive deadline.

Speaking of creative stuff, for the next ish of Fight On! I'm working on a town layout, suitable for drop-in to an existing campaign. If you'd like to see anything particular on that account, let me know!

10 comments:

A Paladin In Citadel said...

It's been a weird couple of weeks that way.

Ryan said...

The recent, constant nastiness over one thing or another is honestly making me skip more and more blogs on my blog roll, and if things don't get better but quick, blogs are going to be coming off my blog roll.

(Not you, of course. Your blog is sweetness and light and all that.)

Sean said...

You know, I thought I read a lot of RPG blogs, but I have no idea what you're talking about.

Oh, well. I guess I'll just have to suffer in ignorance.

Zachary The First said...

Eh, there's just been a lot of back-and-forth recently on a lot of topics. People read blogs in large part because they aren't the crazed flame wars or passive-aggressive sniping of many RPG forums. I'd hate to lose that.

It's Sunday...we should all be quietly painting minis, designing RPG stuff, or watching Hawk The Slayer in between checking on NCAA tourney scores. :)

Ryan said...

What is this "Enkaaa" you speak of, Zachary?

sirlarkins said...

Sean: I was suffering in ignorance until this morning. Ironically, I spent yesterday during world-building over on my Obsidian Portal site, and I'll be doing more of that today as I try to bleach my brain of all the recent nastiness and foolishness.

Honestly, these teacup tempests and self-appointed crusades sometimes make me want to ditch the Internet altogether (gaming-wise, at least).

Ah, that feels better. Now I can concentrate on blogging about things that actually matter...

jaerdaph said...

Speaking as a guy who reads a lot of blogs (most dedicated to old school gaming, but a few dedicated to more modern games and other tangentially related subjects that interest me), I'm just going to throw this observation out to the whole blogging community:

Lately, there only seems to be a blog by a guy who games with porn stars, and blogs telling me about a blog by a guy who games with porn stars.

The novelty of the thing has run its course. It's time to move on.

Just saying. :)

Zachary The First said...

@Ryan: An ancient term, its origins now shrouded in mystery. :)

The Rusty Battle Axe said...

Nice wiki. How are you like Obsidian Portal? I have been using a Yahoo Group (actually three different yahoo groups for the three different gaming groups). But I keep finding myself drawn to Obsidian Portal.

It seemed like there was peace in the valley for quite awhile before this most recent bout of nastiness. I had no idea what it was about until this afternoon. Much of it still doesn't make sense. There is a lot to be said for building and then living in your own Private Idaho.

Zachary The First said...

I really do like OP. It’s take me a while to get used to the Textile language, but it isn’t difficult to get the basics in. OP keeps adding new features, which is a cool point as well.