Wow. Life changes quickly.
You may have noticed I took a week off. I got a pretty big promotion at my job, which is awesome. Unfortunately, I’m now putting in about 12 hours a day when you factor in the commute. As you can imagine, this has eaten into my D&D time quite a bit.
My daily routine of surfing the web for D&D content, commenting on blogs, planning future sessions, reading D&DI articles, and writing thought-provoking posts has admittedly slipped by the wayside. My time now is generally filled with catching up on what sleep I can.
I had to duck out of the Monday group I’ve been playing with. Encounters is out of the question. Even my Xbox has lain dormant lately. My own home session these past two weeks has been reduced to Dungeon Delve #20, Cold Hands of Chaos (altered and scaled of course). Though Dungeon Delve is one of my favorite books, I generally ascribe myself to higher standards than just running a published one-shot. But life happens.
I’ll be moving soon and was pleased (and surprised) to hear that my group would be willing to make the hour-long commute to continue the campaign. It wasn’t even in contention. What has been in contention, at least in my mind, is this blog. I made it fifty posts without skipping a week… then life happened. My goal was to go a year before letting that happen. What are goals for if not to be met or broken?
The fact of the matter is, I can’t continue like this, but I’ve been having so much fun writing, I don’t want to stop. I can’t stop. I won’t. Though my new position is awesome, it’s not D&D. I don’t get to talk, think, or write about D&D for a living. I do this as a hobby, both the game and the blogging. I do it because I think the game is limited only by the caliber of gamers playing it. I’d like to continue to increase that fun-factor for all involved, player and DM alike. I’d like to continue because I haven’t run out of things to say. I’d like to continue because you read, you respond, you seem genuinely interested in my insights into the game.
I’ve been treating this blog like a magazine. I’ve tried to emulate D&DI, keeping the schedule of posts consistent; Mondays for adventures and Thursdays for helpful tips. I’ve treated the community like paying subscribers, intelligent readers who deserve more than frivolous garble (much like this post). I’ve held myself on this blog to the same standards I do in my home campaign. I don’t want to run or publish anything I myself wouldn’t be interested in.
I don’t want to waste anyone’s time, because time is the most precious commodity. Unlike a dollar, once spent, time can not be earned again. My pockets barely jingle with the little loose time I have left.
That said, I want you to know I’m not spent. I’m not disappearing anytime soon, but I won’t be continuing with regular posts anymore. The first to go will be the adventures; truthfully I’m surprised people read them at all. I don’t think I’ve ever read about someone else’s campaign before. Of the few instructional podcasts I’ve listened to, most have an agreement to not even mention their home campaigns. I want to thank those of you who did read and comment about our epic adventures. I promise, if I run a particularly awesome session, I’ll make sure you hear all you need know to run it in your own campaign.
I’ll continue to post on Thursdays, but I can’t guarantee I’ll do it with any regularity. I can’t continue to treat this blog like a magazine full of paying subscribers. This business of scheduled posts is best left to those with a staff of writers. As for me, I’m just a guy who works a lot and loves to play D&D in his free time…
Free time. Now there’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one.