Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Time to Get Busy

So I've done lots of thinking and reconsidering over the past few days. I've come to some conclusions and have decided to move forward on several fronts. First, I'm going to start publishing some of my stuff. I've played AD&D for over 30 years and have amassed a considerable library of homebrewed material. I'm fairly saavy at what works and what doesn't, and I know the game about as well as anyone else who plays it. So my gaming works just need some polishing up and rewriting to make them OSRIC compatible and they are ready for release.

In order to facilitate this I've built a separate site Sleeping Wizard Press where I will be giving updates on product progress and release info. I am also an amateur author. Have been for years and years and well ... years. I've never actually submitted anything for publication; but I may also be releasing some of that in a separate line from the gaming material. My brother and I have also been working on a few projects together that may see the light of day at some point.

Please know I am not doing this to get rich. Right? Most of the material will be available for free or for minimal cost via download. Although I am considering doing some of it by print on demand from Lulu. We'll see how things go. The cost of any projects are simply to justify my time. I do have a family and a very loving wife that indulges my gaming hobby quite nicely. But if I am going to start spending more time writing there has to be some justification. So, nuff with all that, k?

The real reason I'm doing this is because I have been in gaming limbo for over ten years now. Ever since AD&D was dropped I've looked for a new gaming home, for a purpose in the hobby. I've discovered quite a bit of that in running the RPG club at the school where I teach. I've had the pleasure of bringing over 60 or more kids to the hobby of gaming, and more importantly given them a place to belong at school, an opportunity to find like minded friends, and have received numerous parent testimonials about how good the club has been for there until then very shy child who always hated going to school. It's been quite gratifying.

I must admit that I've missed having a close group of adult gaming buddies that I game with every week. Haven't had that since my early college years. But I am going to be running a monthly game at Wild on Hobbies our Friendly Local Gaming Store (FLGS) here very soon. The idea is to bring people into the store in the eyes of the store owner, and I can't begrudge him that. He deserves all the help he can get. He's a fellow teacher at the school where I teach and is barely breaking even with the store. He's said many times that it's more like a service he provides instead of a money making endeavor. So I'm glad to do all that I can to help. It may bring me together with a few older gaming friends too as a side bonus, and that would be just fine with me.

But I still needed something more. I kept lamenting the end of my favorite game and playstyle, but was really hung up on trivialities. It took me a long time to notice this, but my old books were just hard to let go of. I knew there were clones that played very similarly or in some cases better than the originals. I had run several sessions with them and some long term campaigns very successfully. But I always pined for my old books. I longed for everyone at the table to be playing with those venerable tomes at their side. It was of course nostalgia, and comfort that kept me from realizing that these new games enabled everyone to play again, easier and more fluidly than ever before. In exactly the same style if not the exact verbatim rules. I was, in short, missing a golden opportunity. I could be a part of continuing to support and keep alive the old school gaming that I love so much. I could do that by supporting the endeavors of others in the field and in producing my own new material to extend and enliven the game.

Hence Sleeping Wizard Press. And my new found excitement and purpose. They say you have to hit bottom to get better, to transform into something more worthy and beautiful. At least that's what the alchemists teach. Well, a few days ago I hit bottom. If you missed it you can read about it here. Suffice it to say that I do miss Gary. I've been thinking about his little known work Roleplaying Mastery that he wrote some years ago. In it he talks about levels of progress in the hobby. And one I've never quite felt like I had achieved was to give back to the hobby. Well, I guess I started doing that with the RPG club. But I was always scattered as to where I belonged even amidst the club's goings on I couldn't feel at home with any game. I still felt like my game was gone. I'm sure Gary lamented that as well, even when he was still with us. But the biggest tribute I could give him was to keep that early style of play alive and burning brightly. So now I'm giving back to the style of play I like the most by providing others with material for them to enjoy. Hopefully it does a little to keep the ever-burning flame of Gygaxian style play alive and well.  It has given me so much it's all i can do to give back a little as well.

Cheers Gary! True, Gary tis gone ... But Long Live Gary!!!

Still Teaching Us From Afar

6 comments:

ADD Grognard said...

You've come a long way in a short amount of time. Best catch your breath now because this next leap you're about to make is a doozy. I'm midway through it myself. What a ride it has been :)

I had considered OSRIC when I was first starting to organize my project but they have some screwy policies concerning how they are doing their licensing and it has turned a lot of people off.

On a side note, I had missed the link on your OSR page to Mazes & Minotaurs but I noticed you had a few listings that didn't have a link. With the exception of the last one (which I believe is still in Beta) I have the rest if you need them for your page.

Chris said...

Hey ADD Grognard! Yeah, it's sort of built up like a volcano lately. I've been mulling it and pecking at it for a long time now. So I'm doing a lot of speed-catch-uping.

I've thought and rethought the idea of putting some of my stuff out there. It's been gathering dust for some time now. Might as well take the step. I have very little desire to create a new game. But lots of desire to create supplements for teh style of play I like.

Yeah, I'm kind of ups and downs about whether to write the stuff to comply with OSRIC of with Basic Fantasy RPG. I'm writing a blog post about that right now.

Thanks for the heads up on the broken or missing links. I'll get them up soon.

Thanks again, you've been a great contact to have.

Alexander "Ka-Blog!" Osias said...

Sleeping Wizard press, eh?

Wow, can't wait to see this stuff.

ADD Grognard said...

Yeah, I'm going to vote for BFRPG if you like that. I've decided if I dual stat anything it'll be for that system. I just like the whole thing...the system, the support, the people behind it.

And to save you a bit of time here are the links with an extra at the bottom:

RETRO PHAZE
http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/retro-phaze-[ebook]/15391185

Fire and Sword
http://basicroleplaying.com/downloads.php?do=cat&id=12

Dangers & Dweomers
http://artikid.altervista.org/?id=Games&detail=Dangers%20and%20dweomers

Siege Perilous
http://codex.ultimaaiera.com/wiki/The_Siege_Perilous_-_tabletop_RPG

ZeFRSa
http://www.midcoast.com/~ricekrwc/zefrs/

RetroQuest - D20 edition
http://basicroleplaying.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=419

And it would be especially cool if you ended up going with BFRPG because I have a little home for it as well:

On Mountains High And Dungeons Deep-BFRPG-A Resource For The Basic Fantasy RPG

http://auldskoolreview.blogspot.com/

(Yes, I run a **** ton of blogs :)

Chris said...

Hey thanks once again ADD Grognard! And thank you for he links. I like your BFRPG blog, but had some trouble leaving a comment. It asked me for a profile, I chose google, it let me signe in, then set me back to the blog to enter a security code, then sent me back to blogger to sign in over and over. Not sure if it's my computer, or the site. I'm gonna check some settings on this computer to see if that's it and try it on another computer too.

But anyway great work there. Lots of BFRPG links. I like the ideas your developing. And I look forwad to seeing something soon.

Yeah, I like BFRPG. Like lots have said before when most of us played AD&D we didn't play with all the rules. BFRPG does feel alot like the way we play. Except maybe for the d20 combat mechanics, but that just makes the game more fast and furious. I like that alot.

Anyway thanks for dropping by and I'll fix that posting problem if I can.

ADD Grognard said...

I just went in and left a comment and it seemed ok...but I'm on the latest Firefox after a re-install a couple weeks ago and I know I read somewhere that Google was going to start dropping support for older browsers. Plus with all this G+ noise it's hard to say what may be causing the problem.