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Friday, 1 February 2019

State Of The 'Press: Pulling The Plug?


I suspect it's a 'start of the year' thing.

For a couple of weeks I've been thinking about pulling the plug on HeroPress.

Not forever, not as some overly dramatic flounce because not enough people are commenting on my nonsense, but because it dawned on me that the blog has become a distraction.

Feeding a state of mental paralysis, I've found it hard to concentrate on progressing any one particular idea or avenue of exploration, it being all too easy to hit da Interwebz and spend the time compiling another catalogue of cosplay excellence to fill the virtual column inches of HeroPress.

I've said it before, but it feels like I spend more time curating this blog than actually creating anything new or worthwhile.

In truth, although the blog has been going great guns for months now, I don't believe I've actually 'created' anything for the longest time.

Looking back over the years, I don't reckon I've created anything off my own bat since I was running old school fantasy RPGs such as Crypts & Things or Heroes & Other Worlds.

These days I consume way more than I create.

And I'd like that to change.

The recent rekindling of my love for the comic book adventures of Conan The Barbarian has led me, via the usual circuitous route (taking in the Modiphius Conan RPG along the way), back to the old school Dungeons & Dragons-inspired games that stimulated my creativity several years ago.

So, this is my new rallying cry. I shall be donning chainmail, hefting up my broadsword, and returning to nameless lands of adventure, following in the footsteps of Simon's exciting 5e Dungeons & Dragons campaign for the Tuesday Knights, while simultaneously carving my own path through the undergrowth. 

I've already tweaked the layout of HeroPress a bit, adding in an OSR-themed blog roll (that has seen the blogs of some of my old friends jumping from the old blogroll to this one) and jiggering around with some of the other links and images on the site.

Among my short term plans is a refresher course on my rules system(s) of choice; a revisitation of as many of my old rules hacks/houserules as I can dredge up, maybe compile them into some easily digestible format; and a sorting (and collating) of my sundry 28mm miniatures and gaming mats/maps/tiles etc

Some of this may happen soon, but some might wait until the whole "are we moving house" situation has been resolved, one way or another.

Therefore, HeroPress isn't going to be unplugged - even temporarily - any time soon.

Posting frequency may fluctuate (and if we move, it may cease until Internet is restored in our new home) and the content will, hopefully, gradually slip back thematically to what it was several years ago (ie more fantasy game-orientated, but still with plenty of comic book, film, and TV commentary).

And that's the state of HeroPress, as of February 2019.

9 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are aware of your habits and things. You do what you need to for you. That being said, I love the idea of some new Tim Knight gaming content that I can steal.

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    1. It's going to be a slow build up, but I'm getting my head back in the game and formulating some ideas for future projects.

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    2. I believe the correct phrase I require is: "Knowing is half the battle!"

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  2. You had me worried there, Tim! Using the blog as an adjunct to your hobbies is a way to be able to focus on some different things. Please keep up comics and comics TV/movie reviews though.

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    1. Oh yes, the comic/film/TV stuff is the backbone of my hobby and my main source of inspiration, so I'll always be commentating on it ;)

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  3. no please do nt... we really enjoy your wonderful Blog !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Have no fear, I'll be hanging in there until the bitter end!!!

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  4. Glad to hear you won't be shutting up shop!

    I sympathise though, I'm the same way with my painting, I find it way too easy to just end up on the Internet looking at cool things I could be painting, or other peoples projects, rather than actually getting on with my own.

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    1. It's not a great revelation for me to "discover" that - for many reasons - the power and breadth of the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. But sometimes I need to step back and acknowledge that ;-)

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