|Yeah I'm not sure I have any 'classics'...|
Well I wasn't too sure whether or not I was going to partake of International Blog Necromancy Day, simply because my Blog isn't even a year old. It's coming up to 10 months sure in mid March, but I guess I just felt that Blog Necromancy from less than 10 months ago really wasn't all that difficult a task to achieve. But, I've had some nagging PM's off of people saying I should give it a go, and get into the spirit of the day. Well just what is the spirit of the day? Apparently there was this chap named Rob, he used to write a Blog called Warhammer 39,999 or something. He felt, so the legend goes, a bit put out that some of his early work didn't get the credit or views that he felt it deserved. So he got to thinking, always a dangerous thing if you ask me, and he wandered if other Bloggers were in the same position. Turns out they were! Any way this chap then had the wizard wheeze of designating a day whereby all Bloggers could legitimately recycle all their old crap posts and force you all to read them, and he named it 'Old Stuff Day'!
Yeah OK so the titles not very snazzy and could do with a bit of a rethink, I personally like 'International Blog Necromancy Day'. Although I would also accept 'International Lazy Bloggers Day' or 'Deja Vu Blog Day'. I do think in principle though that the idea is a sound one as it stands. Thing is, and I'm not trying to be big headed here but most of my Blogs have actually had pretty good viewing figures, thanks to all you lovely lot, my readers. Sure there were some early Blogs that didn't get much viewing, but as they're mainly crap I guess I'm not too bothered if anyone ever reads them ever again. So a conundrum we have (yeah OK I said that in my head with a Yoda voice). So I've been looking through my Blogs and I've decided to bring a few articles to the fore again because of varying reasons, but not necessarily because they didn't perform all that well in terms of hits. I hope you enjoy them, and if you've already read them all I'm sorry, but apparently being lazy is the new being productive!
Golden Age of Gaming
Yeah I'm bringing this bad boy back because I originally published it on a really dumb day... New Years Eve 2011. I know, I know it's not that long ago, but I was drinking and in full on passionate flow about why I currently love the hobby right now, and why it's just so awesome to be a gamer in 2011/12. It did OK for responses I guess, but here's the thing... turns out most of you had other things to do on that day than read my tipsy ramblings on my Blog. Go figure! So huzzah for International Blog Necromancy Day because I now get to try and inflict it on you again. Hopefully the second time around more people will actually read it and get suitably inspired to go out and try something different. After all it's one of my biggest personal missions with this Blogging thing I'm doing. Any way if you haven't already given it a read please do, it's kind of my own personal party political broadcast.
Adventures with girls (sadly it's not what it sounds like)
This was a three part trilogy way back when I was still really finding my 'Blogging feet'. It actually did OK even back then for hits and I'm more than pleased with how it seemed, at the time to increase my followers quite rapidly as a series. So why am I bringing this series of Blogs back? Because I'd actually forgotten that I had written them, and while flicking through my published articles I stumbled across them again. Reading them again just reminded me what a really good night of gaming it was, and how much fun we all had. So much so that I'm going to try and organise another one! Except this time without Descent: Journeys in the Dark. Any way here are the links to Part 2 and Part 3 of the series. The link at the top will take you to the first article. I guess what I'm hoping this article will do for those of you who read it, is maybe get some of you to arrange your own night in of gaming in with loved ones, friends and there partners. Bring out the snack food and get the alcohol flowing and just enjoy yourself with a board game or two and not take it seriously. Just have some fun.
Internet army lists: The death of originality?
I'm not so sure why this one seemed to get passed over at the time. There were certainly plenty of comments from readers etc. about the topic, and some really good ones. But compared to other articles around then I guess this one did kind of under perform or get lost in the mix. However, it's getting the Blog Necromancy treatment primarily because I'm not too sure what I think about this topic anymore. Personally I still prefer to try and write my own lists and armies, BUT some people I know have given some quite convincing arguments as to why they use them. I guess I'm revisiting it as a topic because re-reading the article after all these months made me think about it again as a topic. Be interesting to see if anyone else has changed their minds too.
Are you in an abusive relationship?
Ah yes, my infamous 'abusive relationship' Blog. Now here I was thinking I was tackling a pretty hard topic for some in a lighthearted and funny way. You know just giving some people I know a gentle prod and saying 'look that's you that is'. Turns out it actually got some people hot under the collar... why? Well it's not because I likened the Games Workshop to someone who commits acts of domestic violence, if it had been that people were taking issue with I'd have held my hands up and said sorry. No what people disliked was that I should even suggest that the Games Workshop hobby is anything other than the best thing on the planet for everybody, and that I with my 'opinions' was ruining it for everyone. It's getting the Blog necromancy treatment though because yet again I'm hearing people whinge about certain aspects of Games Workshops business plan that they are never going to change. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a bit of constructive criticism, but when it crosses over into the petty and meaningless... well guys and gals, it's time for you to move on and break the abusive cycle.
Can any game system ever truly be balanced
The last series of articles I'm bringing to everyone's attention actually rank as some of my most frustrating to date. Each one of them ranks highly in terms of hits. Each grabbing over 2000 hits each... yet no one bloody commented on them really. Certainly not that much after the first article. So I guess I'm asking people to take a look again at them and give me your thoughts, even if it's just to say I think those articles are rubbish and here's why! Here are the links to the other four articles in the series:
Game balance: Part 2
Game balance: Part 3
Game balance: Part 4
Game balance: Part 5
Hopefully I'll get some debate going on them, I know that where links to the articles got posted on forums they sparked some interesting and often heated debate... it's just a little sad it didn't come back to my own Blog and take place here, and thus add to the original articles. If they don't create any further comments, sod it I'll just ignore my failure from here on out. Stupid bloody Internet!
So that's it for today. No 'new' articles as it isn't the day for them. Hope you don't mind me recycling some of my old stuff. Peace out!