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5/23/2012

[Mail Call] Black Goat Film Fan Appreciation Pin

A few weeks ago I received a small, black package in the mail, and I wanted to share its contents with you. I opened the envelope to find a small pin for the short Lovecraftian film, Black Goat. Here is what it looks like:



The pin was sent to me by Joseph Nanni, director of the film. If you haven't seen the teaser for Black Goat, go to the official site (linked above) and do so now. Also, if you feel so inclined, head over to the official Facebook page for the film and show your support. Personally, I love what Joseph has shared so far, and I am looking forward to seeing the final film, which IMDb has slated for a 2013 release.

5/22/2012

MicroDark

This past year I have discussed my love of micro-games on several occasions, and have cited both Microlite20 and Microlite74 as two of my favorite systems that fall within this genre of gaming. Having said this, it should come as no surprise when I say that I have spent a lot of my time working on my own system that takes the microlite format and combines it with the Sword & Sanity concept, which this blog is focused on. So, what do you get when you combine the Microlite framework with Swords Against the Outer Dark?


In the coming weeks I will be discussing MicroDark, as an introduction to the system and a way to get early feedback on what I have come up with so far. MicroDark is still a work in progress, but a lot of the writing is done and ready for discussion. Spells and mysterious powers are still being written, and the bestiary is being nailed down, but most everything else is in an almost complete state. Once I have the system completed, I plan to release what I have to readers who are interested in playtesting the rules and offering feedback. The first post discussing MicroDark should be up tomorrow, and I will begin with Attributes.

5/21/2012

Year Three Is Gone, Year Four Is Go!

Today marks the third anniversary of this blog. It has been a learning experience to say the least, but an interesting one nonetheless. I have made quite a few friends during the process; all of which I am thankful for. I look around at the old-school gaming community, which was in its infancy when I began blogging, and it is very satisfying to see how it has flourished in the past three years. I am proud to count myself as part of this community, and hope that I have added something positive to it along the way.

Admittedly, the past year has not been a productive one, at least as far as gaming goes, and it has been a very long while since I posted anything of true substance. The birth of my daughter in April of last year marked a big change in my life, my priorities and my time. I had to shift my attention away from hobbies, blogging and all those little things that would normally fill my idle time, and focus on being a new dad. Now, time seems to be a precious commodity, and I do not think this is going to change much in the near future. This does not mean I plan to abandon Swords Against the Outer Dark, or give up gaming. It would not be possible for me to do either of those things. For me to have any semblance of happiness in my life, or for me to keep piece of mind for that matter, I have to keep trudging forward. Gaming is in my blood. I have been an obsessive gamer since 1980, and I am not sure it is possible for me to give it up. In other words, I have never been a "weekend gamer" kind of guy. Roleplaying games have occupied so much of my brain-space for so long, I am not sure I would even know how to function as a non-gamer. The thought is just alien to me! 

So, now what? Gaming and talk about gaming, that's what! Just as a writer must write, a gamer must game, and I plan to start doing a lot more of both. For all those who have been following this blog, thank you for hanging in there with me. It has been a true pleasure having you around, and being able to share my own brand of gaming with you. My hope is to get back down to basics, and start shifting the focus of this blog back around to where it all began, which is discussing, analyzing and developing the whole Sword & Sanity concept.