Blogosphere Power Engage!
If you have a RPG blog, either for the OSR or for Indie games, please submit your blog by leaving a comment. These are the two Planets I run right now:
A Planet is a website which collects posts from member blogs and display them on a single page. Thus, these two pages are ideal for people looking for new blogs to follow, people who aren’t subscribed to 200 blogs or more in their feed reader, people who are curious. And it’s a low cost way to get your blog in front of more eyes.
It does raise the question, however: what’s the difference?
What’s independent and indie in this context? As all RPG companies are very small, one could argue that the term is meaningless. I can just say what I was thinking of: things like Powered by the Apocalypse, Mountain Witch, Mouse Guard, Fate, Lady Blackbird and the like. But really, where do we draw the line? I have no idea. Is D&D 5E already Old School? Is Shadowrun small enough to be indie? Is Pathfinder the only one that’s mainstream? I truly don’t know and hope that people will self-sort and as if by magic we will all be happy.
What are our alternatives: story games, narrative games? For me, indie is what started at The Forge, right at the time when print-on-demand via Lulu became viable, when selling PDFs via RPG Now became viable, when more people started looking for alternatives to the d20 system.
Conversely, I like to think that starting with 6 abilities to define a character, saving throws to avoid mishaps, hit points, to-hit rolls using a d20, damage rolls using smaller dice, xp for gold and levels is 100% OSR. There are things that are close in execution, or close in spirit, or just define themselves to be close (thinking of Into the Odd). So that’s the OSR.
On Google+, Brendan said it best: “just click on the planets, skim the list of site names, and decide which crowd you want to hang with.”
In either case: please help spread the word such that more RPG bloggers join up. Rebuilding the blogosphere is a community effort:
Basically we will have to do manually what Google+, Facebook and all the other social media companies are doing for us:
Then again. It’s not hard. It’s a blog. You write text. It does what it says it does. It has links. It’s yours. It’s perfect! 🙂