Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I'm a terrible blogger, I see that now. Weeks and months go by with nary a word in these parts and its in times of reflection upon this that I understand the blog author's compulsion to delete the blog. To shut the whole thing down. The unattended-to blog becomes, after a while, a constant reminder of our failure to see it thrive. Consider a dead house plant, or a fish belly up in grey water. The plant you toss, the fish you flush. The pot or the tank are given away or re-purposed. You move on, and eventually forget your failure, and a few months or years later you get yourself a hermit crab or a nice bamboo shoot. The blog, however, remains.
But I'm not quitting or deleting anything and not crying out for help or attention, at least not in such an unsubtle manner. I've got something obliquely related to the game to share today and I will get around to sharing it soon. First, know that I've got these half-finished posts and at some point one or more of them may form into something coherent that I'll want to share. I'm also still playing and running the game that you and I love and considering, perhaps, to put more content up on my campaign blog. The problem there, of course, is that I have two active offline campaigns currently running and the stuff I really want to post I shouldn't.
As for this "OSR is dead" meme making the rounds, take it with a grain of salt. This thing, to me, has never been about publishing or selling or even blathering on blogs... but playing. All you need to play is simple enough to get and then it just comes down to rolling up your sleeves and working on the game... and most importantly PLAYING it. There seems to be plenty of that going on. Nobody is really missing debates on ascending AC, are they?
So finally, what I have to share. When I started this blog I put into my blog roll a thing that both has nothing and everything to do with the game of D&D and I rediscovered it this week as I read through and started more unfinished posts. My dear friend, navy comrade and home-campaign D&D player Mike is a real life adventurer. He spent a winter at McMurdo Station in Antarctica several years ago and we are all lucky enough that he decided to write about and photograph his experience. Then he blogged it. Taken from letters and pictures from both he and his friends and colleagues, Mike's journey to the ice is a real life adventure I think many of you would enjoy. Cheers.
Antarctic Mike 2005