Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Year-end evaluation and thoughts for the future

I think that the release of 4e this year has knocked my blogging for a loop. I haven't really posted much d20 OGC since then. I'm not sure of the relevancy of it any more. I feel like this blog's mission, which has been fuzzy at its best, has become more scattered with time.

With the upcoming new year, I'd like to refocus it a bit. The thing is, I'm not sold on any particular direction for that focus. (See the problem?)

So I turn to you, dear readers. What sorts of posts would you like to see me concentrate upon more? Morality in RPGs? Game design? Actual play? Weird fantasy-food related posts?

Do you want to see more Open Game Content (or other mechanics in a similar vein)? If so, for what system? d20? FATE? Something else?

I'm not promising anything in particular, but it would be nice to know what the people who actually read this would like to see....

5 comments:

Noumenon said...

I can't remember exactly when or why I subscribed to your blog but I looked at your archives and I think it might have been posts like this. Or maybe I think it was actual play posts from yours and Angela's D&D campaigns.

szilard said...

Thanks. What about the Food in RPGs post did you like? The GM advice aspect? The idea of approaching things from a different angle? The fact that it was about food in particular?

David M Jacobs said...

The weird fantasy food and morality posts were quite good. (I'm unsure how much of the latter you could do, though, without sounding preachy; then again, that could be a problem with game design articles, too.)

I'm not a huge fan of actual play articles in general, but that could well be because I've trawled through too many reports that read like court testimony. I know it's difficult to do without giving stuff away, but I guess a solution would be to sneak peeks behind the curtain, so to speak. Not so much issues of plot, per se, but notes on inspiration and side thoughts and the like.

4e's failed to grab me, and sadly, my interest in d20 is starting to wane, too. I guess a lot of this is due to what's happening (or not, as the case may be) in the industry. I'm still a big fan of CoC and WHFRP, though, and I feel there's a dearth of new, quality material for both these games. Then again, the blog's content should reflect what you're playing—it's your baby.

Sell me on a new system, then. Hell, I've had Nobilis for ages, and I didn't realise people actually play the damn thing.

How's Gourm going, by the way? I think I first took notice of the blog during WoAdWriMo 2007. I've seen tantalising snippets since, but only snippets, thus far—more Gourm would be nice.

Noumenon said...

Oh, 100% the GM advice aspect. Because it's really easy to drop into a game and reflects a culture really well, making it seem like they really have their own perspective on things.

szilard said...

Gourm is seriously stalled. Much of my momentum on it was killed by (1) 4e and (2) uncertainty about format. It was existing in the murky land between setting and adventure... and I'm not sure it was quite working as either.

On the other hand, I do have a good bit of stuff written up for it that I could post...