Old RPG-related Essays Incoming


(approx. 300 words)

About a decade ago I used to post on a message board called Pen and Paper Games. Many of the regular posters were people I knew from one or another of the Dallas gaming meetups.

Inevitably, people dropped out or dropped away. Some moved away, or got busy, or left gaming. Others left the board when some obnoxious trolls made posting less fun. (Yes, they had moderators. I was one. But some trolls, one in particular, was very good at pushing other posters' buttons without actually violating the stated rules of conduct.) Eventually the board mainly became a place for “play by post” games, and all the other discussions died.

Today I checked back, and I’m only seeing HTTP 500 errors at that address.

Which is all a roundabout way of saying I’m going to start posting my more interesting blog articles from Pen and Paper Games that I fortuitously screen-scraped1 over a year ago. I’ll keep the original dates on them, which seem to be 2012 or so. Look for the penandpapergames tag.

  1. Which basically means I saved the HTML of the page, and over the next few days, weeks, months, or years I’ll be doing a combination of copying text into a text file and cleaning it up, slicing ahd dicing the HTML into passable Makrdown using vi, using various Unix tools to make the resulting mess finding the original text file in my Subversion repository (if it exists), and/or (if I get really ambitious) using kramdown to convert HTML into passable Markdown then manually editing the machine-generated spew. ↩︎