Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Night Chatter: Reading and Networking

I found this image when I GID'd "corporate synergy paradigm mission statement"

Happy Sunday, everyone.

As you sit at your computer, trying to remember how many sick days you have left and whether or not you could get away with calling in tomorrow, I thought we might have a little talk. We're growing up, we each have our own hobbies and different sets of friends, and that's perfectly fine. It's okay that you're not into extreme lingerie gawking, and I honestly have no desire to take up your new pastime of Peruvian jousting, or even to ask what that means for fear that is a euphemism for something truly, truly terrible.

Yes, we're growing, but we don't have to grow apart. I thought we could take this time to briefly chat about this new-fangled Internet thing, whose blogs you like to read, and who you think should be reading mine.

As the blog continues to grow in both volume, popularity, and ridiculousness, I find that I want more and more to connect with other like-minded bloggers. However, it's a big ol' Internet out there, and I want to be sure that I'm adding blogs that you actually care about.

Some of my favorites

I read a number of gaming-related blogs throughout the week, but there are my primary ones.

Motor City Gamewerks - Jason Marker is a close friend, great colleague, and the most talented hobby writer that I know. Give him a shout, follow his blog, and give him hell whenever possible.

RPG Blog II - Don't let the name fool you! This blog is anything but generic. Zachary is another good friend and knows the ins and outs of game blogging, industry news, and is quite the game designer, himself. He's my go-to guy when I need to know something about a particular game, publisher, event, or disappointing Colts playoff loss.

Newbie DM - I don't even play D&D, and I find this blog to be terrific. Lots of great ideas, many of which come from a completely different perspective than my own, given my aforementioned lack of D&D experience.

I Waste The Buddha With My Crossbow - You just need to visit this site. I don't know how to describe it, exactly. So I won't. Maybe you can explain it to me.

Sly Flourish - Again, I'm not a D&D guy, but I enjoy this blog for the reasons noted above for Newbie DM. But, even more specifically, I enjoy following Sly Flourish on Twitter for the little nibbles of gaming it gives me through the day.

The catch-all

There are way too many blogs out there to follow all of them, so if you take nothing from this little web posting, make sure you bookmark RPG Bloggers. This is the definitive source for people of "our kind" on the web. Trust me, you'll love it. Go there twice a day.

Help a brother out

So, this is the part where I throw it to you and ask for a couple of things. First, if you enjoy the blog, the free NPC downloads more than once a week, and generally don't loathe me, recommend the blog to a friend. Follow on Twitter and Facebook and be generous with the retweets and forwards. Take a second to click on one of the little icons under "Spread the word" so that said word may spread. Put up a link on your website, and I'll do the same for you.

Second, and perhaps even more importantly, what else are you reading? Are there kindred souls out there with blogs similar to mine? Anybody writing up and giving away characters or other gaming materials? Let me know, below.

Oh, and when you call in sick, don't do the fake coughing/scratchy voice thing. It's a dead giveaway. Instead, just use the two magical words that will cause them to accept your excuse without hesitation: "intestinal distress." You can thank me later.


A.L. said...

Most of the ones I read you mentioned. Though am still adding some as I get into the RPG blog scene. is also a place that has some stuff. Not as active by any means as RPGBN, but still a resource that is there.

Robin D. Laws at Livejournal has some interesting stuff on occasion. as does John Wick's, though Wick doesn't blog about games all that much on his blog.

Laws's blog can be found here:

Finally, for a shameless plug.

Jason Richards said...

Shameless plugs are welcome. All friends of this site will have their blogs added to a list here in the next couple of days, and I'll be sure to include yours.

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