A few days ago on Tenkar’s Tavern, the proprietor of said establishment wrote a post in support of a gamer who had lost his wife. At the end of the post, Erik mentioned something along the lines of “it’s your community.” Since then, that line has stuck with me and got me to thinking about the gaming community. I think I have been reluctant to step into it online just because of online nonsense and negativity in general. But after reading that line, I thought about all of the people that have supported our projects and products. People have sent us pictures of their kids and students playing our games. Gaming is a community and I am part of that. How I choose to handle my participation is up to me. But choosing to remain on the sidelines in the hobby I have loved for 30+ years is bullshit and a disservice to those who have inspired, supported, and helped me along the way. Silence is a sin in this matter and so I seek redemption.
Keeping this in mind, most of the time my posts are about Far Away Land and my own projects and work. I play a lot of games and there are a lot of games and mechanics and people who inspire me. There are projects and games I love that I never speak of. There are Kickstarter projects that I’ve backed that have never heard from me. There are people posting awesome things constantly that I never respond to, even though I really enjoy what they are creating. I know I can’t respond to everything I like, but I can make an effort to crawl out of my own fantasy world and help others as I have been helped.
In an effort to make this crawl, Faruniverse is going to expand into the realm of other people’s works. I will begin to put the word out about products and projects I back and play. I will review and talk about the games I play, the blogs I read, and the people who do creative things I enjoy. There is no shortage of awesomeness and awesome people in the gaming community. When I’m told that something I made inspired someone or entertained them, I feel good. I want other people to feel that way as well.
Blogs I read...