“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road
2014 has been a watershed year for me, and my blog is changing as a result.
First, there have been a number of fatal and near-fatal incidents amongst kith and kin. The Grim Reaper isn’t exactly knocking on my door, but he’s definitely in the neighbourhood, and we’ll be tidying up after him for a few years yet. Time feels more scarce and precious than ever now.
Second, with the youngest of my children now at university, my life is moving into its third act, and with the group now scattered to the four winds, it feels like a good time to make a change.
Third, looking back on my posts over the last six years, there are not many with lasting value. And that’s okay; gaming is a performance art, an ephemeral and transient thing. So I’ll work through the blog over the next few weeks, editing and culling.
Where is all this heading? The first and second points encourage a drive to fewer, simpler games, and thence to the third point, culling the blog to reflect that sharpened focus. However grim and hectic things have been, I’ve still made time for Savage Worlds, so that obviously stays, along with its most inspirational setting Beasts & Barbarians; as for the rest of ‘em, I really don’t know at this point.
“I’ve bought meself a moped; I’ve made meself some sandwiches. Let’s see what’s out there, shall we?” – Alexei Sayle’s Stuff