Where did everybody go? Traffic to the site dropped by almost half exactly last week. I’m pretty sure it’s related to the expiration of the kameronmf.com domain, which happened back on April 10th. Hopefully, folks will find their way back.
I know I’ll still be here. I really enjoy blogging. It helps me sort through my thoughts and focus on the message or idea I’m trying to convey. Sometimes the process of writing a post distills the thought to its essence. Sometimes posts serve as the receptacle for detritus, allowing me to disgorge the random creativity bouncing around in my head so I can concentrate on a specific project.
I’ve been thinking about roleplaying games a lot recently. Dungeons & Dragons was–and is–a big influence on my perception of fantasy fiction. I cut my world-building teeth designing the settings for the games I DM’d. And, like many RPG players, I dabble in amateur system design. As much as I love D&D, I haven’t been satisfied with the rules since the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The latest edition of the game is no exception.
The temptation to start blogging about roleplaying games here at Pens & Swords has been strong. I mean, the name works just as well for RPGs as it does for fantasy fiction. There is some audience crossover, but I’ve learned it’s better to keep a clear focus on the content of a blog, and fantasy fiction writing is what Pens & Swords is about.
So, I decided to start a RPG blog. It’s something I’ve been mulling over for a while now, but hadn’t settled on until a couple weeks ago, when I committed myself to a semi-monthly 4E game. I’ll be chronicling the adventures from that game, along with my thoughts on RPG design, over at Paths of Adventure, which I launched yesterday. If you’re a RPG fan, I invite you over for a look.