As you have probably seen by now, the Indie Game Reading Club started life with nearly a thousand posts. I imported literally everything from my Google+ collection, and that’s a lot of stuff. Lots of it is now contextless content, particularly for folks who are new to my writing.

So! It’s time to start, from the very beginning, to categorize and tag the work.

I think categories will be things like Essays, AP, Reviews. I’ll have to think more on what I’ve ever written that wasn’t one of those things. Lots of silly filler posts, which I may delete.

Tags I think I will reserve for specific games, so like #kingarthurpendragon or #mutantyearzero. That seems useful.

Thoughts? I’m also thinking about how folks might help me out, but that’ll involve adding user accounts here and that’s not where I’m at (yet).

Oh boy, I just noticed WordPress didn’t actually post the contents of this post. I’m still learning my way around, sorry sorry.

Anyway: I’m working my way through the glossary of terms. I just finished “A”. My goal is to do a letter a day, every day, until I get through it.

Comments are open if you’re looking for clarification of how I use these terms. Let me also note that I’m not claiming to have invented any of these, I try to give credit when I can, and I am definitely not an authoritative source. On that note, if you want to argue with me that I’m using a term “wrong” because of some authoritative source, well. Please think about why you want to do that. This is just here so you can understand where I’m coming from, and it might help you through indiegame/storygame conversations you find elsewhere. 

Okay, it’s high time I get this logo contest kicked off.

The Contest: A logo for the Indie Game Reading Club’s new website, which I will use at indiegamereadingclub.com and possibly future promotions.

The Prize: A phat stack of games from my collection that needs a new home. You won’t know what you’re getting! But I guarantee it’ll be worth well more than $100. Probably a lot more. +Andi Carrison did exactly this for me at the dawn of the Club, gifting me with tons of games, all interesting, some garbage, some indispensable. You will obviously need to provide a mailing address if you find you’ve won this box of kindling amazing loot.

Also eternal glory will be yours! I will sing your praises far and wide. In fact everyone who submits a design will get to show off their stuff here on the Plus. Yes, this is the exposure part of the contest.

Sorry about the no money thing. So far I’ve scored US$1.00 in donations on the website (thank you +Brian Kurtz!). Hopefully when the site stabilizes and I start posting more exclusive content there, folks will step up. But I’m already $120 in the hole.

Criteria:

  • You will submit a .png file at least 1000px square. Yes, this strongly implies I’m looking for something square-ish, or at least a similar width to height.
  • Email submissions to pbeakley at gmail dot com.
  • Set the background to transparent.
  • Don’t violate anyone’s copyright, trademark or other legal protections.
  • And finally: the winner agrees to grant me all possible rights to use the logo.

Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019, midnight. I and a blue ribbon panel of influencers will make our final decision by January 20, 2019.

ABANDON SHIP

I’m closing in on my own post-Plus solution. It’s looking like the Indie Game Reading Club will be its own blog, and I’ll use the tools available to me to syndicate when I post to wherever I can. Mark Delsing posted about Indieweb recently, and that has some promise.

Anyway! Where are you going? I know these aren’t aaaaalll the choices. I left out Twitter because fuck Twitter. I just heard about ETER9 as of this morning. I do cute meme things occasionally but not enough to justify moving to Instagram. The ones with money angles, like Minds, Medium and Steemit give me a weird creep up the back of my neck. Patreon seems like a good tool to have in my toolkit for other reasons, but as a distribution platform for my work…ehhhh maybe not.

I promise I’ve been thinking about it! And the new April deadline has brought some needed focus to my efforts.

Wish List

Been thinking about what I’d like to run in 2019. Because kids, I’m having a tough time dredging up genuine enthusiasm right now. End of year blues I guess.

I think my aspirational list goes, in no particular order other than what pops into mind:

* Invisible Sun (many thanks to the patronage of Lester Ward)
* Mechat*R*on
* Masks
* Forbidden Lands (maybe, the setting book is seriously bumming me out)
* Ars Magica (for reals!)
* The Sword, the Crown, and the Unspeakable Power (if we can find our way back to healthy melodrama)
* Würm, maybe? Looks trad but also very weird and interesting.
* Paladin, if I can wrap my head around what a campaign would look like.
* Maybe straight up Blades in the Dark, but I really need to nail down a better handle on how the downtime game drives the rest of play. I’m just thinking I really did enjoy running Scum & Villainy.

Stuff recently read but not on my list, sitting on my shelf, watching, judging:

* Kult (that whole book bums me out)
* Prince Valiant, doesn’t seem like there’s much there there. Maybe I’ll bring it to a con as a lark, pick a scenario out of the book at random or something.
* Wrath of the Autarch, because Legacy showed me that lack of character monogamy/investment is really hard on my folks. :-/
* … actually this list is disturbingly long and it makes me sad so I’ll stop here.

I dunno, just writing all that tired me out. Might be time to hide in my chrysalis for a while.

It is completely ridiculous that I’m even looking at this. What the actual fudge, me?

I will say that I’m very tempted to pull my daughter deeper into roleplaying via D&D, though, and the 5E stuff is so gloriously glossy. Like, red box was great when I was, dunno, 10 or whatever, because it looked great in 1980.

Interesting side note: apparently this package was intended to be a FLGS exclusive, and somehow a bunch of it ended up in Massdrop’s grubby paws. Some folks are salty about that but that seems like getting mad at clouds for raining on you.

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/d-d-core-rulebooks-gift-set-hobby-exclusive