Our Past Hundred Years: Did We Meet Expectations?

Abraham Merritt was an author who became well-known in the early years of the twentieth century. In his novel The Face in the Abyss, written in 1923, the protagonist refers to Mankind's progress over the prior hundred years (so, 1822-1923). The character he’s just enlightened is impressed, and muses over what they'll achieve in the … Continue reading Our Past Hundred Years: Did We Meet Expectations?

2021, We Bid You Adieu. How’d It Go For You? A Look Back.

What a year, eh? Pandemic pandemic pandemic. But progressively lessened restrictions, because the populace is restless. We don’t have an inoculation for immunity, we don’t have an inoculation to make it less contagious, and we don’t have a cure, and now we have virus variants that are worse. But in spite of all that the … Continue reading 2021, We Bid You Adieu. How’d It Go For You? A Look Back.

Part Thirty-Eight: Looking Back at the Third Decade of Modern RPGs. A Historical Overview of Role-playing from the Trenches

Unbelievable, right? D&D was released in 1974, sparking a new hobby that had become quite corporate by the year 2003. Let’s review what things were like for role-players in that third decade. For a brief refresher, here’s a link to the summary of the first decade, and here’s a link to the second. It sure … Continue reading Part Thirty-Eight: Looking Back at the Third Decade of Modern RPGs. A Historical Overview of Role-playing from the Trenches

Part Thirty-Seven: 2003, Bring Me to Life. A Historical Overview of Role-playing from the Trenches

If all you know of this period is what you read on my blog, then things may seem pretty bleak at this point. Rants about edition wars, the coup against Gary Gygax, and corporate takeovers can really get you down. (Like a pronoun. Common cultural references… ah hell, you don’t know what I’m referring to … Continue reading Part Thirty-Seven: 2003, Bring Me to Life. A Historical Overview of Role-playing from the Trenches