Sunday, January 31, 2010

I'm Back, Baby



It's still January! I'm okay! And my mojo's back!

There are oh so many reasons for this delay. Let's not get into them. It's a new year and a new start, more or less, so let's talk about that instead. And a few other things I wanted to clear up.

Still Not Awesome

Apparently since I made that post about that page on TVTropes where people post "awesome" stories about their characters that are actually really terrible, a couple of readers decided to add a message to the page calling everybody on it retarded. It lasted four days, someone removed it, it was reposted, it lasted nine hours, deleted, reposted for almost twelve hours, deleted, etc. Eventually someone came along and banned them while claiming the edits only lasted half an hour, adding " It really is a wonder he can type, with that kind of IQ."

Let it be known that this blog totally does not condone vandalising TVTropes until you get banned by someone who can't count, no matter how hilarious. If you want to help, try cleaning the page up and adding some non-terrible stories. Once I figure out how tvtropes works and make sure I won't get yelled at for it, I will totally try and prune some of the worse stories, but who knows.

Communities

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I've been feeling a little disconnected from the online world. I know the Internet isn't all one big happy community, but aside from some IRC rooms I frequent I don't really have anywhere D&D-related to hang out. I have accounts on GiantITP and RPG.net but I never post. Hell, recently I was so hungry for a bit more action in my D&Ding life that I considered going to Gen Con Australia and not even the picture they have on their website of an overweight lady wearing cat ears and playing the Pokemon TCG turned me off the idea.

I'm thinking about hitting up those places I just mentioned, maybe some other forums. I haven't posted anywhere since WotC years ago (my players found a thread where I was seeking advice on what to do about their silliness and decided to post in it and bitch at me about it) and /tg/ on 4chan, which I've been visiting only sporadically for like a year (I got tired of the basement-dwellingly large number of threads about sex). I'm a little shy, honestly. Once I figure out what would be a good D&D site to visit, I'll let you know.

On that note, I've been tempted to start Twittering. It's struck me as pointless so far but maybe telling people about my bowel movements will cheer me up.

This Blog and Where to Take It

I've been insisting on attaching pictures to every post so far, but now I don't know.

Does this blog have enough content to get away with an image-less post every once in a while? Maybe I could write a few "Tips from the Amateurs" about campaign and NPC design that I've been thinking about without having to think of a comic to draw first. I don't know, though. If anyone out there actually gives a damn, let me know.

4E

My 4E game is almost over, and let me tell you:

It kind of sucks.

Not the system itself. Honestly, I don't mind it. (At least one of my players thinks it's a system for playing a videogame with "D&D" written on it, though.) The adventure module Keep on the Shadowfell, however, is absolutely fucking awful. It is average at worst and mind-bogglingly, giraffe-chewingly stupid at best. Or maybe the other way around. I'm not going to go on about it because this guy said it a lot better than I could.

Makes me worry, though. Can I still write about 3.xth Edition and BESM, a system which as far as I know nobody has supported in years, and still be cool relevant? Do I run the risk of becoming a grumbly old bastard, talking nostalgically about a previous edition that wasn't that great? Because when I started playing that was like 2nd Edition.


It's a lot to think about. I'll mull it over a bit and get back to you.

9 comments:

NorskVInd said...

Do what I did. Leave sup/tg/ for like a year and look for gaming groups locally. I can honestly say that I only hop onto sup/tg/ now to annoy the ever loving fuck out of people by using different names and just annoying whoever happens to be talking at the time. And it's all because I learned that IRL groups tend to be less shitty than interweb ones. Also, needs moar articles about me.

Ran said...

As far as 4e is concerned, perhaps it's the module plus the inexperienced players who treat it like a videogame that is causing some of your players to dislike it so much.

I'm sure the basic "let's import MMO lessons" attitude doesn't help, though. Sigh... reducing magic to specific mechanical effects with no flavor is a bitter pill, however good it is for balance.

@NorskVind: I mean this in the nicest way possible, but if you're bragging about how you only go on to annoy people, maybe your real groups are less shitty because you'd get punched in the face if you tried that offline? If you are bragging about how all you do is annoy people who try to talk to you, you sound more like part of the problem than any sort of victim.

Patrick said...

Well, I largely find the actual posts as much of a draw as the comics, your posts don't need them to entertaining or worth reading.

As for talking about BESM and "ancient D&D..." A lot of stuff that's relevant in those games as general hints on how to structure a campaign, make good NPC's, make good encounters, pleasing your players, etc. are true across ALL systems.

Some are a bit grittier, others are a bit more cinematic, but ultimately what makes a good story, or at least a good roleplaying game experience, are largely the same.

A few systems would completely suck for certain kinds of moods or concepts(Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu for a harem anime game would probably not be a success, and if it is, I really don't want to hear about it), but, again, much of the fundamental stuff is the same whether you're running WACKY ADVENTURES OF ANIME or the Dark Darkening of Grim's Darkness in the Basement of Darkland.

There are also other systems than BESM and D&D, you could always experiment with some of those sometimes. Unisystem, ORE, CoC, RIFTS, FATAL, you know, whatever.

RE: Online communities. I used to post on like half a dozen forums or something, now I'm reduced to one and the occasional post on /tg/ to add some advice to a thread where I find I can be relevant. It doesn't feel that awful, really.

@Norskvind: Please go away, your experiences are probably unsatisfactory because you are an insufferable cock.

Cooked Auto said...

Started up a twittering account myself a week ago. It's a fun outlet for all those small things you just want to have said and can't really fill a blog post about. More or less the only thing I use it for.

Regarding communities I'm more or less in the same position as Patrick, I browse /tg/ and post an occasional comment or so but otherwise I just tend to frequent one community and nothing else.

And yes, games/campaigns ending always sucks. Even if they end for just a while for a pause or something. Still sucks though.

NorskVind said...

I like how all of you managed to miss the entire point of my post: to find local groups. I don't game on sup/tg/ anymore because I have local games every week. The only times I show up on sup/tg/ are for my amusement at everyone else's expense. I didn't have any bad experiences, I just get bored sometimes.

Blastcage said...

@NorskVind

Eat a dick

Anonymous said...

I heartily support Blastcage's sentiment. NorskVInd, don't try to backpedal from the fact that you're a humongous faggot.

danvolodar said...

Oy-vey, someone is asking for a ban on #suptg here, isn't he, NorskVind.

Also, Ettin, sure, if the need to draw a strip for each of your posts seems to be a chore, just drop it, pah.

JacksonEricson said...

It probably helps that you got sufficiently creeped out with the guy you talked about in your last entry and told'em all to play in traffic during rush hour while getting some time off.

But yeah, 4E is pretty bad how it is right now, although lots of people felt like that about 3E and 3.5E. I figure it'll take some time for it to find its place or flop horribly.