Reality is the playground of the unimaginative
Home Of Swords, Sorcery, Superheroes, Sci-fi, Star Stuff, Silliness, Scares, and the Supernatural

Friday, 16 January 2015

Eight Years Of HeroPress!


Today is the eighth anniversary of my first post on HeroPress, back when I was trying to relaunch the concept of HeroPress as play-a-post RPG campaign (as it had been back in the '80s).

I like to think I've come a long way since then - I chronicled many of the ups and downs of the site during my last anniversary post - and I've carried on tweaking the layout of the site, pruned some tags I wasn't happy with, merged posts from other aborted blogs into this main blog and generally continued to shape HeroPress into something I'm actually rather proud of.

From about August to November last year I hit a bit of a dark patch, the computer was messing around and the arrival of Alice took up more of my time than I'd expected, and I was tempted to call it a day. But then I came out the other side of that tunnel, realising - amongst other things - that this was eight years of my life, captured in amber and preserved online. Reading old posts reminded me of things I'd achieved and made me feel better about myself and the amount of time I do devote to producing HeroPress.

I realise the blog no longer has the audience it had back in its heyday (before the changes in location and name), but, as I've (nearly) always said, I write this primarily for myself and if anyone else happens to stumble across my blatherings then that's an added bonus.

Recent weeks have also seen me taken on board by Ken Hulsey's Monster Island News, as a new member of his writing team, which was rather a massive ego boost.

And that's one of the main things I've picked up over the years of blogging - the camaraderie and support of online acquaintances, just being able to shoot the breeze, ask a favour, kick the tyres with people who've never even met me and know me only from my tippy-tappings on the keyboard. Great souls such as:
Once again I also have to thank talented graphic designer/artist Jeremy Hawkins of Being Retro for the magnificent birthday posters at the top and bottom of this article.

You know, I don't think reaching 10 years of blogging is now out of the question (provided the world's still spinning, Blogger's still operating and Big Brother hasn't closed down da Interwebz).

Thanks for coming along for the ride. I know it's been bumpy and I can't promise the running will be any smoother in the future, but hopefully it will be fun.

11 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 8 years. I've always found your blog interesting and I pop back regularly. I found it because I was looking for anything online about the old Heropress game. I used to play in the Novograd and then New London games.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh wow, thank you. I love to hear from old players.

      I wish we'd been in a position to keep the game going at the time. It was a great idea, but we didn't really appreciate the manpower that would be required to run it satisfactorily. And, in those days, we all had real jobs as well.

      If ever you fancy writing a piece for HeroPress about your memories of the old game, please let me know ;-)

      Delete
  2. Well done! Eight years is long time to stick with blogging. I have not managed nearly as long and at times it is quite wearing. But your anniversary serves as inspiration to us all. Glad that you are still hear producing interesting things for us to read.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your site is and will always be a grand source and you will be here for years to come... I am always a friend, fan and will be... thank you for all the years.

    Jeremy

    ReplyDelete
  4. A great achievement good Sir...
    and thanks for mentioning me...
    give yourself the celebration that you deserve this weekend...
    and have a great day...

    ReplyDelete
  5. If my blog were more "British" then I would hope it would look like Hero Press!

    Congrats on the milestone.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congrats on a wonderful 8 years! I think what you have done here has been a great accomplishment. I've been a fan for years and I am truly honored that you joined us over at Monster Island. Your fresh take on the world of everything geeky that we all love has brought a new life to the site. Keep up the great work! Here's to many more years of HeroPress! Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congratulations on the anniversary, and many happy returns!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you all for your amazingly kind and generous words. And, of course, your continued support of my little blogging enterprise.

    I have been quite moved by the outpouring of good will towards HeroPress these last few days.

    I shall endeavour to continue blathering on about all things geeky and look forward to chatting with you along the way.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Always happy to check out the stuff you write. I learned a lot from you about just blogging about the things I like and everything else will take care of itself. Hoping for many more years.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Cal, that means a lot coming from someone I consider the "godfather of blogging".

      Delete

Thank you for your interest in HeroPress.

Comment moderation is currently on again because of annoying spammers!

My apologies to genuine commentators for the inconvenience.

As ever I shall endeavour to acknowledge, and respond to, your comments ASAP.

However, if you're just looking to post spam, please don't bother. It's neither big nor clever. And will just be deleted.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Tags

10th Doctor (220) 11th Doctor (237) 12 monkeys (3) 12th Doctor (117) 13th doctor (56) 1st Doctor (107) 2000AD (81) 2nd Doctor (81) 3rd Doctor (83) 4e (46) 4th Doctor (130) 50th birthday (13) 5e (81) 5th Doctor (81) 6th Doctor (72) 7th Doctor (79) 7th Voyage (5) 7TV (23) 8th Doctor (57) 9th Doctor (66) A41 (17) Aaron Allston (11) abney park (25) academy of heroes (10) Acrobatic Flea (58) action figure archive (10) action figures (152) Adam Buxton (10) adam eterno (3) Adam West (30) addams family (32) adventure time (17) agent 47 (4) Agent Carter (68) AHS (17) airship 27 (1) aladdin (9) alcatraz (4) alec (58) alice (158) alien rpg (4) alita (2) all out war (16) almost human (5) alphas (19) altered carbon (6) amazon streaming (78) American Gods (6) Amy Dallen (22) anchor (6) Ancient Aliens (40) anime (76) annabelle (6) anniversary hop (35) ant (1) ant-man (77) Anya Taylor-Joy (19) Apama (4) aquaman (103) arabian knights (1) arduin (47) arrival (2) arrow (209) arrowstorm (46) artist appreciation (127) ask heropress (1) assassin's creed (2) asterix (3) AT-43 (21) atlanta (4) atlantis (41) atticus institute (1) audio (294) auton (12) Avengers (351) Aviator (12) Axanar (8) Babylon 5 (23) babymetal (22) baking (8) banana splits (1) band maid (5) banshee (15) Barack Obama (17) bards of greyhawk (2) barney (59) Baskin (5) bates motel (18) batgirl (27) bathroom watch (9) batman (719) Battlefield Evolution (8) Battlestar Galactica (88) batwoman (23) Beacon Point (5) bedlam (7) beowulf (6) bettany (17) big hero 6 (7) biggles (1) bill and ted (2) Bill Willingham (11) birthday (89) black guardian (3) black hood (3) black lightning (25) black mirror (1) black panther (75) black pudding (5) black sails (35) blackest night (28) Blackmoor (24) blade (4) blade runner (33) Blair Witch (31) Blake's 7 (21) Bloat Games (22) blood drive (10) Bloodshot (20) BMB (62) BMG (9) boardgame (90) BoL (5) bollywood (5) book (1066) book of the month (66) borgias (7) boston legal (5) bottom of the pile (30) bournemouth (34) brave (10) breaking bad (11) brexit (19) brighburn (4) bright (5) britannia (3) britbox (1) broken swords (2) brothers barbarian (1) BtM (25) BTTF (5) BtW (19) Buck Rogers (19) buddy (7) buffy (234) buffy campaign notes (4) Bukowski (9) Bushido RPG (4) c (1) C and C (81) c and t (121) Caity Lotz (54) Call Of Cthulhu (121) calvin and hobbes (17) Camp Blood (5) Caper (11) Captain America (374) captain britain (24) captain marvel (47) Captain Scarlet (9) cara (2) Cara Delevingne (16) carcosa (9) card game (30) carnacki (1) carnage (2) carnevale (3) carnival row (6) Carnivàle (1) Caroline Munro (16) Carrie Fisher (11) castle (20) cataracts (5) cathryn (4) cats (5) charity (53) Charlie's Angels (23) charmed (33) chimney watch (1) chin scratcher (30) China (115) chitty (1) Chris Hadfield (9) Chris Notarile (8) christmas (400) christmas village (2) chucky (10) Cidri (138) clangers (6) clare (273) Class (2) cloak and dagger (23) clone wars (50) clovenstone (16) cloverfield (10) clown (39) Cobra Kai (3) cody deal (3) CoE (12) Coggershall (15) colin (3) colliders (3) colour out of space (11) comic-con (35) comics (2787) comics without context (66) community table (13) competition (49) computer (94) Conan (196) constantine (68) cool website (4352) copper (4) Cortex (10) cosplay (721) cosplay goddess (42) CPP (3) creepypasta (9) Crime Nation (1) crimson peak (7) critical role (26) crone (1) crossbones (1) Cyberman (74) D and D (1006) da vinci (26) dad's army (8) dalek (188) damage control (1) damien (4) Dan Abnett (13) dan dare (8) daredevil (155) dark crystal (10) dark matter (2) dark places (13) dark tower (12) Darkseid (25) darna (1) David Bowie (34) DC Fancast (4) DCC (6) de strange (1) deadlands (15) deadpool (78) Deathstalker (17) Deathstalker Week (6) decorating (101) defenders (32) defiance (20) dejah thoris (8) demons (14) desolation (2) devil's rejects (8) devo (3) Dexter (19) Dick Garrison (7) Dickensian (19) dilbert (3) dining room watch (5) dinosaur (120) disney (230) Ditko (10) doc savage (28) doctor omega (3) doctor steel (1) Doctor Who Skirmish (26) dollhouse (18) dolls house (40) dominion (3) donald glover (4) Donald Trump (5) doom patrol (38) Dorian Gray (14) Dork Tower (9) Dr Horrible (21) dr mirage (1) Dr Strange (129) Dr Who (1356) DR WHO RPG (162) draconians (8) Dracula (70) dragon prince (1) dragon age (8) dragon warriors (5) dragonlance (14) Dresden Files (58) dumbo (2) dune (7) dungeness (1) dungeon bastard (67) dvd (1300) dvd of the week (429) e-space (4) EAP (5) eBay (152) Egypt (70) Elementals (6) eli roth (16) elm street (55) Elric (42) elseworlds (14) elvira (4) Elvis (13) enormous (2) episode IX (4) episode VII (66) episode VIII (20) equipment (2) ercia (6) erica (79) Erik Menard (13) eternals (1) eureka (8) eurovision (14) Evil Dead (68) EWDG (2) exorcist (44) Facebook (417) faction paradox (14) Fahrenheit 451 (1) faith (24) FAL (1) falling skies (1) Fantastic Four (297) Fantazia (7) farscape (6) FCBD (40) FDTD (11) feedly (12) felicia day (22) FEMM (15) FFL (1) fiction (4) film (4468) film night (33) Firefly (78) firestorm (41) flash (417) Flash Gordon (62) flashback (1253) fleamarket friday (771) fleapit (86) Flintloque (6) fmj (10) FoG (14) for all mankind (1) Formula De (26) foxy friday (5) France (42) Frankenstein (47) freelancers (15) fringe (49) fu manchu (1) funky dice (28) funny (1540) GAFDOZ (37) GAH (1) gal gadot (36) galavant (1) game of thrones (375) gamesroom (146) garage project (1) garden room (7) garden watch (36) geek god (5) geek pin-up (170) Gen Con (50) generator (22) Gerry Anderson (14) GFT (16) ghost (267) ghost in the shell (8) Ghost Rider (10) ghostbusters (90) Gillian Hills (3) glee (36) godzilla (35) good omens (2) good place (1) googleplus (60) Gor (8) Gotham (74) Grant Morrison (63) graphic audio (4) green hornet (5) Green Inferno (17) green lantern (196) greywulf (9) grimm (20) grindhouse (17) growler (1) Guardians (190) Guardians RPG (10) gublin (21) guest post (13) gunther (2) hack slash (27) Hackmaster (34) halloween (224) hammer glamour week (8) handbooker helper (17) hangman (1) Hannah Spearritt (9) hannibal (46) harbinger (17) Harley Quinn (103) Harry Potter (70) harryhausen (69) Hattie Watson (8) Haunted Mansion (2) Hawk The Slayer (85) Hawkeye (54) Hawkgirl (24) hawkman (36) HCC (5) HDM (6) he-man (6) health (290) helix (8) hellboy (12) Hercules (33) hero kids (21) HeroClix (22) Heroes (63) HeroPress (788) Herstmonceux Castle (10) Hever (15) HEX (126) HEX campaign notes (6) hey kids (4) HHGTTG (40) HIMYM (25) HMP (5) hobomancer (1) holiday (30) Hollyoaks (16) hollywood me (3) hook (3) hornets' nest (5) horror (1759) hotel artemis (2) houdini & doyle (1) houserules (60) HOW (184) HOW spell (6) HOW treasure (4) howard the duck (24) hrumph (2) hulk (191) human alice (1) hump day dreams (55) hunger games (18) Hunter S Thompson (7) ice warriors (15) ICONS (77) ID4 (15) IHMN (2) illuminati (8) ilyat (2) Immortal Iron Fist (55) immortals (1) impulse (3) incredibles (14) indiana jones (73) infographic (25) ingrid pitt week (7) inhumans (77) InspiroBot (5) instagram (18) interview (41) into the odd (5) IRBKM (77) iron man (276) Ironclad (7) irrepressible (1) iTunes (46) izombie (12) Jack Herman (61) james bond (93) James Purefoy (12) Jane Seymour (12) Japan (235) jason (1) Jason Statham (9) Jason Voorhees (42) jason xmas (12) Jeff Dee (88) jekyll and hyde (13) jeni (12) Jeremiah Bourne (1) jericho (1) Jessica Alba (4) jessica jones (71) JLC (31) Joanie Brosas (2) jody mills (11) joe 90 (1) joe gilgun (5) John Carrigan (8) john carter (67) john carter RPG (7) John Wick (13) Josh Trank (11) Josie and The Pussycats (4) Joss Whedon (69) JSA (15) Judge Dredd (73) Judges Guild (11) judoon (24) jumanji (6) jungle book (4) Jupiter Ascending (6) jupiter's moon (2) Jurassic Park (16) justice league (169) Justin Isaac (39) K9 (78) Kai (9) Karen Gillan (60) Keanu Reeves (9) keira knightley (26) Ken Hulsey (9) kevin (146) Kevin Bacon (15) kevin smith (18) key to time (7) KFC (9) Kickstarter (469) killjoys (2) king kong (25) kirby krackle (6) kitchen watch (17) Klingon (19) Knight City (150) knight fight (4) knightfall (6) Knightmare (7) knights of badassdom (6) kom (12) Korea (15) KOTDT (64) Krampus (13) Kree (14) krod mandoon (6) krypton (15) labyrinth lord (56) lady christina (8) Lady GaGa (8) larp (39) laser disc (1) Lauren Cohan (4) Legends of Tomorrow (75) legion (14) LEGO (25) lena (4) leopard from lime street (3) leverage (18) Life on Mars (14) light city (19) limitless (6) livewire (10) LoA (44) lodoss (9) loft conversion (17) Lois Lane (50) Lost (106) LotFP (38) LOTR (208) LoTS (25) lou (5) lounge watch (12) love and rockets (3) Lovecraft (365) LSH (86) lucy (7) luke cage (78) Lulu (44) mack bolan (8) mad max (32) Maelstrom (3) magazine (334) Maleficent (16) man in the high castle (1) mandalorian (1) mapamonday (143) Marama Corlett (10) Mars (140) Mars Attacks (19) Mars McCoy (1) marvel rpg (5) mary poppins (16) Matrix (25) matt (22) max neptune (12) maya hawke (1) meerkat (7) megan fox (24) melin (1) meredith (97) merlin (195) Merlins Miscellany (15) mermaid (11) MG (4) midale (12) mike the knight (1) Military Odyssey (9) mindprobe (9) miracleman (3) Misfits (29) miss peregrine (2) misty (5) MLP (17) mob city (1) Moby Dick (6) MoC (11) model train (29) model village (1) modiphius (15) mojo (5) monkey (155) monster (1003) monster mash (53) monsters (1) monty python (50) moon knight (4) moorcock (45) mor (1) morgan (1) mortal engines movie (27) Most Wanted (2) mr robot (4) ms marvel (19) MSP (18) MtG (2) mummy (52) muppets (55) murdoch (9) murmurs (1) music (775) musical monday (435) musketeers (4) mutant future (6) Mutants and Masterminds (45) MV (7) My Chemical Romance (9) my first (8) my life and roleplaying (34) Mythica (39) narnia (17) nashville (14) natalie dormer (15) natalie portman (19) Necronomicon (25) Neil deGrasse Tyson (5) Neil Gaiman (42) nemesis (1) nemo (5) nerf (1) netflix (311) new spell (14) nick g (25) nick l (268) Night Blogger (7) nightflyers (1) nightwing (9) Ninjak (18) NOF (7) noggin the nog (11) nosferatu (3) NPH (10) NSFW (23) Oats Studio (6) Oculus (6) odd thomas (2) officer downe (1) Olivia Cooke (16) Olympics (24) olympus (4) on the bubble (5) Once Upon A Time (26) one ring rpg (10) operation declutter (3) opinion poll (56) orange is the new black (11) Orin Rakatha (4) orphans (1) orville (22) ouija (9) outcast (2) outcasts (16) OVC (20) oz (26) ozombie (8) pacific rim (24) paradise hills (1) paradox comics (34) paranoia rpg (4) parks and recreation (16) Pathfinder (27) Patreon (28) patsy kensit (1) paul (119) pembury (20) Pendragon RPG (11) penny dreadful (29) pennyworth (1) peplum (5) peri (23) period slang (8) pete (348) Philip Reeve (144) philosophy (50) picard (1) pick of the pods (29) picture parade (288) Pink Floyd (25) pirates (118) Playboy (36) playmobil (2) PMF (4) podcast (221) Pointless (7) poldark (6) polly (5) Poltergeist (8) poppy (8) PotA (98) power pack (1) power rangers (12) powerless (4) preacher (14) Pride and Prejudice (24) primal (1) Primeval (45) primeval RPG (21) Prince Valiant (15) Prisoner (9) professor howe (2) Project New Home (35) project z (23) prometheus (10) psi-lords (1) Pulp (269) punch puppy (1) Punisher (76) purge (10) pushing daisies (3) PVF (10) QB (10) quantum and woody (4) quatermass (25) Quentin Tarantino (37) rachel (864) railhead (15) rambo (2) Raven (44) Ravenloft (21) reading list (16) real life (3074) reaver (3) rebellion verse (2) rebels (56) Red Dwarf (17) Red Knight (1) red sonja (35) REH (61) rendel (10) Resident Evil (12) resistance (4) retro comic (206) rev (1) reverie (1) Richard Sharpe (12) rick and morty (2) riddick (4) riese (4) rip hunter (13) Ripper Street (13) riverdale (170) roan (1) Robin Hood (36) robocop (15) robotech (5) rochester (4) rocket age (12) rocket raccoon (78) roger corman (16) rogue one (16) roleplaying review (40) rom (6) round-up (57) roy of the rovers (3) RPG (3070) rpgaday (33) Ruby Rose (13) runaways (13) Runequest (13) Russia (106) Ryan Devoto (2) Ryan Reynolds (10) s and s (1) s w (109) sabrina (39) salem (1) Salute To The 40s (8) sara jean underwood (8) satine phoenix (9) saturday morning matinee (486) savage worlds (110) SB (6) scarfolk (3) scooby-doo (61) scorpion king (6) Season 10 (5) Season 16 (6) Season 18 (6) Season 19 (6) Season 22 (5) Season 26 (4) serial thrillers (32) sevenoaks (15) seventh son (2) shadowman (8) shadowrun (9) shakespeare (46) shang chi (5) Shannara (3) shark (82) sharknado (45) shazam (56) Shedward (18) sheep (5) sherlock (48) shield (252) shitlist (3) show me the mummy (9) Shyamalan (19) sick (12) sick week (9) sidcup (1) silurians (19) simon (169) sinbad (68) sinbad week (7) siren (2) SixoftheBest (86) SJA (108) skrull (21) slaine (26) sleepy hollow (10) sls (11) smallville (83) smurf (7) snake plissken (2) snoopy (18) snow (57) snow white (20) sns (2) soap box (90) society of virtue (1) solo (10) sontaran (37) space 1889 (111) space 1889 library (3) space 1999 (9) space force (1) spam tasting (7) spartacus (84) Spawn (9) spectaculars (5) spellfury (34) spelljammer (6) Spider-Man (462) sponsored post (2) sport (107) Squadron UK (4) st trinians (2) stacks (1) stacktastic (6) staghind (5) staircase watch (1) Stan Lee (119) Star Trek (446) star wars (864) Stargate (58) stargirl (6) statistics (121) steampunk (129) steed and mrs peel (7) steve (145) Steve Costigan (3) STO (1) STP (3) stranger things (44) stroke survivor (34) strontium dog (5) subbuteo (1) sucker punch (7) suicide squad (63) Sunday Funny (479) sunday specials (88) sunflower (5) Supergirl (243) Supergirl Sunday (37) superhero 2044 (3) superman (707) Supernatural (387) superteam (159) survivors (14) Sutekh (4) swamp thing (25) swing (11) sword master (2) sybil danning (7) syr edvard (10) t and t (11) t-shirts (42) tales from the loop (7) tales from the vault (4) tales of the gold monkey (9) tarzan (33) TBBT (65) TCM (33) Teen Titans (108) tekralh (206) tekralh reborn (17) tekumel (31) teletubbies (4) Terminator (46) terra nova (3) terrifics (1) TFT (46) Thanos (43) the 100 (4) The 4400 (14) the alienist (1) The Asylum (77) The Atom (52) the boys (7) the cape (8) the conjuring (11) the following (34) the gifted (32) The Guild (11) the hobbit (84) the hoff (8) the last god (2) the librarians (9) the lighthouse (1) The Lurking Fear (3) The Mist (7) The Outpost (7) The Princess Bride (8) the quest (3) the ray (5) the river (2) The Shadow (13) this defiant earth (1) this is england (3) Thomas Jane (5) Thor (292) thrilling locations (11) throwback thursday (79) Thunderbirds (10) thundercats (3) Tick (15) Tim Peake (2) timeless (3) tina guo (12) tintin (14) TMNT (26) Tom Hardy (13) tomorrow people (4) tomorrowland (2) Tonbridge (166) Toni Darling (6) top of the pile (217) Top Secret RPG (128) top shelf (12) Torchwood (145) torn from the headlines (274) trailer (3110) transformers (19) Traveller (50) treasure trove (50) Trial Of A Time Lord (5) trigan empire (2) trope tuesday (2) True Blood (45) True Detective (14) Truth and Justice (4) tuesday knights (551) tumblr (77) Tunbridge Wells (158) tv (3688) Twin Peaks (64) ubiquity (80) umbrella academy (5) unisystem (51) Urban Exploring (8) urban knights (3) V (29) V and V (375) Valerian (16) valhalla (2) valiant (86) Valorie Curry (5) vampire (326) vampirella (46) van allen plexico (6) vandal savage (10) vault (1) venom (22) venture bros (9) Venus (31) Victor Crowley (8) video (35) vigilante city (13) vikings (53) vixen (24) voltron (3) wales (8) warcraft (42) warehouse 13 (49) wargame (513) Watchmen (95) wayward pines (3) wayward sisters (1) wedding (77) week in geek (111) week in TV (47) Weekly World News (93) weird wednesday (136) wentworth (6) werewolf (112) western (235) westworld (13) WGA (12) whispering road (5) white canary (36) wii (6) wil wheaton (40) wild cards (17) wild dog (13) Wildthyme (14) william shatner (24) Winnie The Pooh (20) witcher (4) WoH (6) Wolverine (108) wonder girl (19) wonder woman (746) wonderland (42) World of Darkness (9) WRC (18) wrinkle in time (3) wuxia (59) www (463) wynonna earp (1) X-Files (65) x-men (295) x-o manowar (24) xena (50) yggdrasill (3) yora (1) zatoichi (1) ZD (9) zelda (5) zenescope (19) zine quest (10) zombie (522) zorcerer of zo (4) zorro (2) zot (1) zygon (19)