My year in dorkery: the wages of blogging are rich and NSFW

2010 has been a pretty decent year for gaming for me!

Although the C&C game I was playing in has gone on indefinite hiatus, I finally took the plunge into DMing and it has been much easier than I’d thought it would be, although I’m still far from satisfied with how I’ve been doing it. I’d love to spend more time planning dungeons and the town and NPCs but I’ve been scooting along by the seat of my pants, and it’s still been fun. I’d like to get more painting in too, but overall I’ve been fairly productive and am getting back into the groove of painting decently. The feedback I’ve gotten here on DMing questions and house-rule ideas has been really helpful.

The blog has probably taken up more time than it should, since I still find myself using it as crutch to procrastinate. Every minute typing this could have been spent painting another henchman or detailing another encounter, but the positive feedback I get from the blog is kind of nice and I notice that my daily hits this month have been greatly exceeding the monthly hits I was getting this time last year, so maybe I’m doing something right. I can’t tell you how tickled I am to find my blog on the blog rolls of sites I respect and sites I’ve never heard of. Eighteen months into this blog, I’ve had 66,000 visits, which seems pretty good, even if the preponderance are random surfers who were just looking for images of Breugel paintings and Black Sabbath album covers. I’ve got about eight or ten people subscribing by email to the blog, which is chicken feed for an OSR game blog but it’s humbling that even that many people are interested in this stuff.

I’ve put a number of free pdfs up on the blog and Scribd, so I guess I’m giving back in my way. I was able to piece together a little bit of the history of the hobby when two contributors to Fantasy Wargaming (and/or its progenitor, Leigh Cliffs) agreed to answer my silly questions, which I think is important. I guess most importantly I’ve made a few people smile with stuff like the flail snail and the occupational outlook series on hirelings. (I still haven’t gotten around to the third in that series. Someday.)

I’ve also gotten some stuff in return — apart from enjoying all the great ideas and writing on other blogs, two people have sent me boxes of old minis for the Bruce Galloway Memorial Home for Wayward and Neglected Figures, not to mention Scottsz’s awesome Moathouse map; I got a nice mask to give away in a contest (which also netted me some cool Halloween recipes); I was privileged to be able to playtest a Vornheim dungeon; and and it looks like I will be scoring a free copy of LotFP:WFRP grindhouse ed. The latter two don’t really have anything to do with my blog, but if I weren’t blogging I probably wouldn’t be paying as much attention to the blogosphere as I am. (last minute update: I also won something or other from Roleplaying Tips by entering a number of suggestions for his “Tips” column that had to do with using miniatures in RPGs. Sweet. BTW The minis are the rich wages mentioned in the title above, and the LotFP game is NSFW, apparently)

So I guess I’ll keep S&D going for another year, even if it is sometimes a drain on my time. Thank you to all my readers, especially the ones who leave comments, and I hope everyone has a great New Year.

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  1. Thanks for a great 2010 and here’s to a bigger, brighter, and more fun 2011!

    All the best to you and yours!

  2. Your blog is interesting most of the time. Your background in the arts and historical delvings have amused and enlightened me. You’ve got to get over this fixation with painting little chips of lead. :P. The action is in your mind, not on a table where you can push little scraps of metal around.

  3. Keep on keepin’ on and happy new year!!!

  4. Well, if you’re going to keep blogging, I guess I will too 😉

    Happy New Year!

  5. Keep on truckin’!

  6. I read this on my breaks at work and I love it. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog about librarians and gaming. ^_^

    • Awesome! Go for it!

  7. Thank you for the great work you did on finding out such details as remain to be found on the history behind Fantasy Wargaming. Great job! You’ve done gaming history a great service.

    Excellent write up of the book itself too.

  8. Thanks, man! I’m glad other people find this stuff worthwhile!


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