This is a short update to let you all know that I’ve created a new Twitter account. From now on, my old account @StargazersWorld will be exclusively for blog-related stuff, while my personal account @LordStargazer is for everything else. Please note that it will probably take me a couple of days to get everything sorted.
Yes, you’ve got that right, this very blog is now over 10 years old! When I started this blog in August 2008 I never would have thought that it would still be a thing in 2018. But now, 10 years later it s still a thing. It’s probably not as popular as it was around 2010, but it’s still alive and kicking. Over the last 10 years I’ve seen many RPG blogs come and go, and some of them I miss dearly. Unfortunately many RPG bloggers have lost interest in blogging or moved their activities from their blogs to social networks. The times are changing.
Interesting facts and statistics
During the last 10 years 2038 posts have been written by 20 different authors. These posts have been commented on 7989 times. The most popular post was Roleplaying City Map Generator from 2009 with about 173,000 views! The most popular review during these 10 years was my review of the Iron Kingdom Core Rules which has been read 9,046 times. The most-read interview was the one with Marc Miller (which I am very proud of). It was viewed 1736 times.
Aside from writing about my favorite hobby I also used this blog to write about personal issues, mostly my struggle with depression and anxiety. Because of this I might have lost a few readers, but I found it extremely important to write about my mental health problems. For one it raises awareness and secondly it helped me to cope with it better.
I really hope this blog will have one. If you have followed this blog for a couple of years you might have noticed that we’re not posting as regularly as before. A lot can happen over 10 years, team members joined, others left us. More often than not pesky things like work get in the way. But I am not willing to give up blogging anytime soon. I might not be as prolific as I was before, but I’ll keep writing posts as long as it’s fun. At this point I wouldn’t be that surprised if there’s a 20th anniversary in this blog’s future.
First and foremost I want to thank you folks, the readers of this blog. I would probably keep writing even if no one reads it, BUT it’s much more fun, if you get feedback! I also want to thank everyone who has ever written a post on this blog. You definitely helped to keep the blog alive. I have special thanks for Zachary Houghton, Phil Ménard and Berin Kinsman, who helped me a lot finding my own voice back in the early days of the blog!
P.S.: The featured image above is from the video game Fallout 3 by Bethesda Softworks is a screenshot taken during the quest “Growing Up Fast” in which the protagonist celebrates his 10th birthday. I found it quite fitting.
While Roberto is providing you with a constant stream of awesome videos tied into this year’s RPGaDay, I am musing about what kind of content I could create in the foreseeable future. I have thought doing some videos myself, but since I am not really confident in my English language skills (at least when it comes to the spoken word), I will probably stick to blog posts for a while.
Recently I acquired a couple of new roleplaying games including but not limited to the following:
While I will probably not have the opportunity to play all these soon, I might still write reviews or at least short first look posts about them. There was quite the controversy around White Wolf recently, so a closer look at Vampire 5th Edition may be of interest to some of you. I also would like to find the answer to the question which game the better successor to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st & 2nd Edition is: Warhammer FRP 4th Edition or the fan-produced ZWEIHÄNDER.
Aside from these books, I still have a review copy of the Tales from the Loop adventure book Our Friends the Machines on top of my “to review” stack. A friend of mine asked me several times if I was willing to run a game of Tales from the Loop for him, and I do, but we haven’t found a good opportunity yet. So the review is still high on my list, I just don’t know when I’ll finally get to it.
Last but not least, there are a couple of unfinished game designs on my hard drive, that are in dire need of work. A SF game inspired by Chris McDowall’s work (and actually based on one of his designs) had actually progressed quite far when I stopped working on it. At this moment the unbearable heat in my office keeps me from doing any creative work, but as soon as the temperatures drop again, this might be a worthwhile endeavour. I might actually turn this into a Patreon thing during development with the Patreon patrons getting an inside look into the design process. If you folks think it’s a good idea, please let me know.
Is there something else you were hoping for? What kind of content do you miss? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!