In our media-drenched landscape it happens to almost everyone eventually. You hit the point where the amount of content you’d like to take in gets completely out of whack with the time you have to consume it. It can happen with books, movies, TV, etc., but for me it’s gotten particularly out of hand with role-playing games.
If you’ve made it this far into my little corner of Bloglandia, then I suspect you’re a lot like me. At some point you started gaming, maybe as a young person. You stared at the cool books at the local game store, or online, but you had to pinch your pennies, bitcoins, or what have you, and you had to make careful decisions about how to spend your gaming dollar.
Sometimes you were disappointed by a splat book that turned out to be a steamy heap of poo, but that was just too bad. You were going to have to mow more lawns, or take another babysitting gig, or wait for that birthday money from grandma to roll in if you wanted to get that big fat book for the new game your buddies wanted to play. In other words, there was a natural check on your buying power. But now…
Now you’re older and a little better off. Not rich, exactly, but you’ve got it under control. Now a $50 core book doesn’t seem like such a hit, especially if you can get it as an eBook or pdf for $19.99. In fact, now that you’re idly scrolling through the listings over at DriveThruRPG, you’re finding all sorts of cool stuff. You can load up your cart with a week full of reading for $10 if you get some freebies and pay what you want goodies. And, hey, check your inbox, looks like there’s something else great on Bundle of Holding. Oh, yeah, I’ve never heard of that French RPG, but check out those sweet illustrations. Even if I don’t like the system I can still use those maps for my Dungeon World game… or, wait, didn’t Joe say he was interested in 13th Age. Maybe he could port this stuff over. And, oh, hey, that game you Kickstarted two and a half years ago has finally shipped!
And so it goes.
And that’s where I come in. I can help. I might not be able to keep you from buying ever more stuff, but at least I can point you in the direction of what I think is cool. It’s not really my style to blast things I don’t like. I’m a much better and more interesting writer when I’m talking about the good and the great. So don’t expect to find long rants here about why the old edition was awesome and the new edition sucks.
There’s already a place for that; it’s called the rest of the Internet.
No, here I’ll prefer to pan things by ignoring them. If something really sucks, it’ll die a lot faster if it’s deprived of the light. And some things that I think suck aren’t going anywhere anyway. But hey, if a game is that successful it’s working for an awful lot of people.
Why should I keep someone else, maybe even you, from having your fun?
So stick around and check things out. I promise I won’t spam you with endless posts. Couldn’t if I wanted to. You have to wait in line behind my overworked wife and a turbo-charged toddler I need to look after. But when it’s your turn I’ll put together something thoughtful, and well-crafted, and honest that may help you decide how to spend some of your precious gaming (or watching, or reading) time.
In other words, I’ll give you a little something to help you stay afloat against the tide of ceaseless and wonderful awesomeness that’s coming at all of us, all the time.