Gaming Festivus: Airing of the Grievances

Let’s face it. 2020 has been on giant bucket of suck. If 2020 were to have a theme song well it’d be:

So let me complain about a few things.

COVID-19: Well that screwed everything up. Our daily lives. Our businesses. Everything. It cancelled conventions. It killed or at least greatly damaged FLGS’s. And many a gaming a group just stopped meeting. And then add on that so much of it ended up being politicized. Craptacular.

Whats’ up with the OSR: I remember when weekly and sometimes daily I’d see something new and cool that come for old-school games. I dunno my “Follow Your Favorites” from DrivethruRPG just hasn’t had that much that made me say, “Wow!” Sure I’m seeing some good stuff come out like Old School Essentials and more Midderlands stuff. That’s good. I just don’t see the same enthusiasm as years before. But then I do have a theory about this….

Politics: Oh, that ugly creature continues to rears its head. I don’t need game publishers playing thought police. Just give the a good and fun game. That’s your job. And then of course this follows up with the usual social media lynch mobs. This, IMHO, is one of the major things affect the quantity (and possibly) quality of old-school stuff coming out. It’s just not worth the headache to get attacked for writing an adventure or set of rules on the off chance that bozo is going to construct some wild conspiracy theory that there’s bad stuff there. Or if you create something that does even remotely get popular, somebody is going to dig thru your past posts and if you happen to have liked the wrong thing or person. Oh that’s a lynching.

I Didn’t Really Read The Book: OK. This is one of my pet peeves on social media and forums. Sure be welcoming to newbie picking up a specific game for the first time. Of course, they will have questions. But then I see so many that are obvious that the person posting just wasn’t reading the book. I don’t respond to these because I really feel like it’s a waste of time to say, “Read page 27.”

Trolling for Attention: Sick of it. And ain’t going to give these yahoo’s the benefit of more attention.

LOTFP Ref Book: Last up date February 2020 (as of this writing). The draft was supposed to be done. Ten months later, nothing. Editing? Art? Layout? Updated time table? LOTFP got over $36,000 from backers. Figured we get a little more of an update than that. Who am I kidding? Money flushed down the toilet.

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