I’m slightly worried. My blog postings have been less frequent the past 2 weeks. Am I suddenly losing my mojo? Is this blog drying up already?
Nah. Recently, there have been a handful of evenings where I wanted to sit down and blog, but I simply couldn’t get focused enough to write. Classic “failure to launch”. I’ve determined what’s happening. I’m overthinking it. I strive to write thoughtful, meaty posts with staying power, that readers can go back to 12 months from now, read again, and still enjoy. But who am I kidding? This is a freaking blog about gaming and other hobbies, not Shakespeare. I’m doing it for fun. And most people who read blog posts either scan them quickly, read them once and forget about them forever, or ignore them completely.
So, I don’t have to be Hemingway-esque. Screw that. I just need to write consistently. Some of it may be the equivalent of fill-you up fast food, some of it might be chunky dog food, and if I’m lucky, a post here or there may be dinner at a lovely restaurant. Just write, dammit.
That might not seem like a major epiphany to you, but it’s freeing my mind. It made me think, “why not write some random musings posts, where you just pull together various stuff that’s floating around in your head and dump it on the blog?” Hmmm. Not a bad idea.
Interview with Mister Warhammer
In the future, I plan to write about game designers who have inspired me to create my own tabletop games. One of the true legends is Rick Priestley, designer of Warhammer, Hail Caesar, Bolt Action, Warmaster, Warhammer 40K, and several others. That’s an amazing game design pedigree.
Recently, I came across a wonderful YouTube video featuring an interview with Rick Priestley. The focus is on Rick’s creation of the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game, but there’s a lot of other great content there which would interest miniature wargamers of all ages. Worth an immediate listen/watch if you have 30-40 minutes to spare.
By the way, Warhammer is what got me started in miniature gaming, so I blame you Rick!
Play an Egyptian God
Speaking of excellent game designers, Eric Lang’s new board game Ankh: Gods of Egypt is going gangbusters on Kickstarter right now. It’s the third game in a trifecta of games that includes Blood Rage and Rising Sun. With less than 48 hours left on the Kickstarter campaign, now is the time to check it out if you’re interested. Tons of plastic goodness there.
The Solo Wargaming Show
Here’s a YouTube video-cast that I’ll talk about in more detail another day, but if you’ve never given it a listen/watch, check out Deano Ware’s The Solo Wargaming Show. It’s not going to win any prizes for editing beauty or fancy camera work, but it often has very interesting and nostalgic content. Deano is a down-to-earth, plain-speaking, longtime wargamer who loves to share his hobby experiences and opinions with others. In my view, this is the podcast/vidcast for the wargaming every-man. Fun stuff.
Need to Generate Random Numbers?
Speaking of random musings, if you ever need to generate Random Numbers on the fly, check out RANDOM.ORG for some tremendously helpful tools. If you’re a gamer, game designer, software developer, or math nerd, I’m pretty sure you’ll find some useful things there.
Timeline by Michael Crichton
A few nights ago I finished reading the book Timeline by author Michael Crichton. It’s a time-travel novel, with the main characters traveling back to France during the height of the Hundred Years War between France and England.
It’s a solid read; like an action film with lots of chases and narrow escapes, set in a backdrop where violence is the cultural norm. The science used to explain time-travel relies on a somewhat convoluted explanation of quantum mechanics, but it’s passable and didn’t detract from the story too much. I liked the ending, which made the story more satisfying in my opinion.
While I don’t feel this is a “Must Read”, if you like Crichton or the medieval period, this is an enjoyable read.