Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The history of "Roll for Initiative"

As some of you may have noticed, this blog has been around for quite awhile, going all the way back to September, 2005 and predating most of the prominent gaming blogs of today. Back then, blogs were still cool and Twitter was something a bird did. In the early days, it was just D-bane and me. Obiri was MIA. Obviously, we weren't serious bloggers back then. There are only 15 posts in the first 9 months and most were movie reviews. Then it all stopped in June, 2006. My oldest daughter was born that month and my interest in blogging went from almost nil to completely nil. Interestingly, the blog and my firstborn were conceived at about the same time. I now have two daughters, with no intention for further procreation. I have an active gaming group and a lot more things to talk about in the gaming arena. Also, D-bane ran into Obiri at the 'Box and that gaming relationship was reforged. So, I revived the blog and as you can see, its new incarnation is far more lively (this is the 200th post since the revivication).

I also had a political blog back then which was much more active than my gaming blog. I grew tired of all the circular discussion and acrimony, however, so I discontinued it. I no longer wanted that stuff to be out there for the world to see, so I completely overwrote it by creating my other gaming blog Rognar's Space Horror RPG Blog using the same URL. I rarely miss the old blog, as I found enlightened debate hard to come by on the Internet (yeah, I know...d'uh!).



A Paladin In Citadel said...

It's always interesting to see from what direction people come to blogging.

Rognar said...

It really just started out as a an online board for our gaming group. We have four what you might call core players, the three contributors plus one other guy who comments under the name "Tayloritos". Beyond that, we have a couple other guys who are fairly regular and then a circle of maybe 3-4 guys with whom we game in some form or another from time to time. When I first resurrected the blog, it never occurred to me that anyone else would even notice it. I think I like it the way it is right now. If we had as many regular readers as you have, or heaven forbid, someone like James M at Grognardia, I think we would all fold under the pressure of always having something interesting to say.

Obiri said...

Interesting is over-rated.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

I agree. 90% of what I blog is relatively banal.

As long as your blog is serving its purpose, that's the main thing!

Rognar said...

Your stuff is pretty solid. I'm only peripherally interested in the OSR, but I check out your blog every time something new is posted. There are only about a half dozen other gaming blogs that I visit with such regularity.