Wow, how did that happen?
First of all, I got sucked into this wonderful little community of bloggers. I could go on and on about the amazing blogs and bloggers and blog readers that I came to know over the course of the year. Some of them, like Jeff's Game Blog, I had already been reading sporadically. Others, like Grognardia and Playing D&D With Porn Stars and Lamentations of the Flame Princess had achieved reputations that were impossible to ignore. And there were amazing blogs with fantastic worldbuilding, indispensable gaming resources, maps (don't get be started on maps!), fun little philosophical discussions, and (of course) general geekery.
In hindsight, it seems obvious how it works. You write a post that somebody reads. They post some nice feedback that makes you smile. You follow the trail back to their blog, discover some amazing content and follow or drop a comment of your own. It's how a community is built that reaches way beyond the people I could have possibly met at local game days and conventions. It's how EN World worked for some of my friends but never seemed to work for me. Forums can be daunting, overwhelming, and... untidy. With blogs, you have all this work by a particualr author grouped on a a single site with a consistent look and feel. If I want to go back and find a shit ton of sword & sorcery goodness, I need only hop over to Beyond the Black Gate. For the most amazing Pulp Fantasy world that I've ever seen, I jump over to From The Sorcerer's Skull.
There have been a lot of very supporting people of the past year. Essentially, anybdy that has given me feedback, linked to the site, or inspired me to try harder is worthy of mention. But that's a heck of a lot of people. I do want to call out:
- Matt Jackson (snikle at lapsus culmni) for being an early and ardent supporter,
- Trey at FtSS for being a brilliantly creative gentleman who does work that I would have liked to have done if I had more time and bit more talent,
- Christian at Destination Unknown for being the community's resident social butterfly,
- Dyson Logos for kicking off the geomorph craze,
- Professor Pope and Cthulhu's Librarian for being great friends that I miss terribly,
- my own incredible and indispensable gaming group whose members do not exist publicly in this corner of the blogosphere.