Player-Generated Handouts

Oh, hi!

Don't worry, I didn't forget this blog. It's just that I came back from Gen Con with a pile o' work to tend to. Also, unfortunately, I've joined the ranks of people with "family health problems" storming into my life and providing yet more distraction from things like writing fun little blog posts.

In light of August's unremitting intensity, then, I'm thinking a schedule of one post a week is more realistic for the foreseeable future. So that's my new resolution. Thursdays seem as good a day as any, so Thursdays it is. No more dilly-dallying, then...

The wife and I have been playing a lot of Vampire: the Masquerade (20th Anniversary Edition) lately. She's fairly obsessed, to be honest. There's no doubt in my mind that, had she been into gaming as a teenager back in the 90s, she would have been one of the countless thousands of young ladies for whom Vampire was everything. Eh. Vuh. Ree. Thing. We've even joked that she might've ended up in some sort of real-life blood cult or something. So it's probably best she didn't know about it at the time.

Anyway.

For our most recent session, Desiree actually wrote up a nine-page script for a "play within a play" that her vampire/actor character was planning to put on with his infamous sire, attempting to clear her name with the larger Kindred community. She spent a whole Saturday afternoon writing this thing up, chuckling to herself intermittently at how silly the whole thing was but pushing ahead regardless.

Needless to say, I couldn't be more pleased. Is there any experience more rewarding for a GM than seeing your player(s) get just as invested in a game as you are? When players come to the table with character sketches, background narratives, or supplementary handouts--ah! What a joy.

What are some of your favorite and/or most memorable moments when players went the extra mile with investing themselves in the game in between sessions?

How to Subscribe

Soon after I launched this blog, I had a couple readers of my old blog ask how they could subscribe to this one.

As much as I'm enjoying this new blogging platform, I will admit that it doesn't make subscriptions very intuitive. But it's easier than it first appears.

According to the admin FAQ, there should be an RSS feed embedded automatically in this blog's URL (http://www.sirlarkins.com/blog). Simply copy that URL and paste it into your reader of choice. Here are a couple examples:

  • For folks who use Blogger's Reading List, click on "Add" and paste the URL in the pop-up window that appears.
  • Personally, I use Feedly. For a service like this, you simply paste the URL into the search bar, or else, in Feedly at least, click on the "Discover and Follow" button and paste the URL there.

If, for whatever reason, the blog's URL isn't working with your reader of choice, you can always try pasting in the RSS feed directly:

feed://www.sirlarkins.com/blog?format=rss

(The feed address is also linked at the bottom of the blog page for your convenience.)

And, naturally, if you're having any issues at all, please let me know in the comments and I'll figure out what's going on or your money back! (What money?)

Thanks for reading--and thanks for following!

Posting Schedule and Blogging Agenda

One of my objectives with setting up sirlarkins.com was to get back on the blogging horse. I started my old blog, The RPG Corner, more or less on a whim back in 2008 (back when I was known to go by the nom de Internet of "shiro") and never really had any theme or plan when it came to posting. At the time, I had enough stuff bouncing around in my head that it all just flowed out quite of its own accord.

But, as the steady decline in posting frequency over there indicates, that lack of focus and schedule eventually took its toll. Thus, I'm hitting the reset button and starting fresh with this blog.

And, well, I've been at this for a couple-three weeks now and have got a few posts under my belt, so I think I can go ahead and formalize my posting schedule plans and have a reasonable expectation that I'll be able to stick to them (for the most part).

  • Tuesdays are earmarked for posts in which I muse about things relating to RPGs and tabletop gaming. Games I'm excited about, campaign plans, agendas, and so forth. I will also use Tuesdays as my platform for announcing upcoming projects and publications, and perhaps posting excerpts, designer's notes, or other additional information from said works.
  • Thursdays are my day for posting game-mechanical crunch (characters, monsters, and so forth) or otherwise making general administrative announcements (as with this post).

I'm excited to be blogging again--writing on The RPG Corner really was the beginning of the journey that ultimately led to me deciding to get into the gaming industry on a professional footing--and the schedule is so far proving an excellent way of maintaining focus. I've got a nice little backlog of drafts queued up, and lots of stuff to share.

Here's to many more posts to come!

One last note: I'm planning on attending Chupacabracon in Austin, Texas this weekend. I'll be driving in on Friday and driving back Sunday afternoon, so it'll be a bit of a whirlwind trip, but I'm hoping to play in a Savage RIFTS game as well as a session of Sean and Robin Bircher's "The King is Dead" setting.

If you see me, feel free to say hi--I'll be the guy wearing the Esoteric Order of Roleplayers shirt (yes, I have one for each day...).