I think most people here are not going to be as huge Star Wars fans as I plan to demonstrate to be in the future and a lot of the stuff I want to write about doesn’t have much to do with RPGs, so I am setting up a new website specifically dedicated to that.
After the German chancelor and leader of the ruling conservative party declared on monday that their members of parliament would be free to vote on matter of marriage equality according to their personal views instead of folliwing the official party line a vote was called in parliament on very short notice within the same week.
The vote passed with support of one third of the conservative party MPs and virtually everyone else, finally putting an end to this violation of basic human right. The new law is expected to come into effect some time this year.
There’s a forum for AD&D 1st edition, a forum for OD&D, and kind of a forum for 3rd edition, but even though Basic has become pretty much the standard for OSR games these days, there doesn’t seem to be any forum specifically dedicated to that. Sometimes I look at the forums of specific retroclones or the Basic sections at Dragonsfoot or Giant in the Playground, but all of these have pretty much negligible activity.
I could set up one myself. I’ve been forum admin before and was able to set up this site and mediawiki, so from the technical side it shouldn’t be a problem. But would anyone care?
The number of RPG related websites and the frequency of post has gone down a lot over the last few years (though there’s a good case to be made that the overall quality went up as well). I would really love to read much more than I do now, but the way things work I only ever find new sites when they are linked to on pages I am already reading. There are a good number of relatively new sites around that are very much worth reading, but they are always so difficult to find. It’s almost impossible to find anything on the internet if you don’t know it exists, especially when it’s a site with few links that search engines don’t pay attention to.
Most sites have a list of links to others, but when I look at them I mostly see the same names who have been around for 5 years or longer. As more and more of these are discontinued new ones are springing up, but it’s almost impossible to get noticed if you’re not already known. My site had been up for two years before I got linked by anyone and just a few weeks back I discovered two new sites I really enjoy reading now and which have also been around for a year.
What we all need is more links. Not just when it’s necessary but any time you have some kind of reasonable excuse. When you read something that makes you think about writing a new post, include a link to it even if the connection might seem flimsy. It inspired you to write,so it might also interest people who are reading your post. If you have a list of links, as almost everybody does, don’t just include sites of which you are a huge fan. Also include those you somewhat regularly check because you occasionally find something interesting there. Also, write comments. I think everyone loves to see comments on posts, even if it’s a trivial “I liked that”, and it also puts another link to your own site on the internet. When you comment, other people will also be more likely to comment on your posts.
Links aren’t just the currency of the internet,they are also it’s fuel. I think there are a lot more people writing about RPGs now than it seems to anyone individually because everything is so fractured. When old contributors fall away new ones need to replace them. And there are plenty of people who are up for it, but they can only succeed at this if we keep supporting them by sending them our own visitors through links.
Apparently the page had been acting wonkey on most browsers for the past week or so. It appears to be fixed now, but I never was able to figure out what had been wrong in the first place. If you still encounter any pages not loading correctly please leave a comment (if you can) so I can look into it further.
Yeah, look at that. I’m gonna sit with all the cool kids now. Now I got some real street cred with the big OSR people. And not just for some minor crap like trolling. They got me for a Rule 2 breach, the most prestigious of all.
Meh, so what. Wasn’t like I had actually said something that anyone could have taken as being offensive. But so what, it’s not like the people I am talking with are rude or have a habit to pick fights or anything. No reason to rage quit. I already got 16 warnings on the GitP forum.
Though another mod comming in to congratulate the first one on his first ban was a trifle unnecessary. And said first mod then boasting about his power rush was rather dickish.