Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Friday, April 15, 2011

One Year Ago, Today...

I started a new campaign and decided to create a blog to post session notes and house rules for my players, as well as essays on my gaming philosophy so they'd have some idea where I was coming from and why I do things the way I do.

When I first set up the blog, I didn't intend it for public viewing, but I went ahead and allowed unrestricted access because, although I didn't think anyone but a player in my campaign would be remotely interested in my blathering, if anyone wanted to read my posts they were welcome.

Somehow or other I've managed to attracted 81 followers over the past year and, ironically, only one of these actually plays with me.  So, I've missed my target audience, but inadvertently found another.  Even more surprising is that after one year and more than 140 posts, I'm still here and blathering.

That campaign I started last April is still in progress, although we've put it on temporary hold to take a break from dungeon delving and, instead, spend our Sunday evenings engaging in spirited table-top miniatures battles.  The consequence of this is that I no longer have a steady source of inspiration for blog posts.  So, hopefully, we will soon be back in the dungeon and I can continue my scheduled broadcast.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read, and most especially to post comments.  Getting to know you all has been the most rewarding part of blogging.  Here's to another year.

9 comments:

Porky said...

No blathering. This is one of the most consistently high quality blogs around, and 81 just doesn't do it justice.

How's the game coming along? That's something else I'll bet many of us are interested in, and looking forward to hearing about over the next year.

The Happy Whisk said...

I enjoy your blog, a lot. Doesn't really matter to me what you write about because I'm interested in what you have to say. It's a good blog and a great blogger, you are.

Congrats on making it one year and Happy Anniversary.

Here's to many more posts :-)

Grendelwulf said...

The time seems to fly. Once you've started down the Blog path, forever will it dominate your destiny...

Happy Anniversary, and keep up the great posts!

cyclopeatron said...

My blogging originally started out as two blogs that I combined into one: one for session reports ("Labyrinth Log") and one for pulp art dumps ("Cyclopeatron"). I eventually combined them, and it's all evolved into something pretty different over the last year... My players don't really read my blog anyway... :)

migellito said...

Congratulations Sean!! Here's to another great year :)

Sean Robson said...

Thanks for the kind words and well-wishes, everyone!

retrorpg said...

Congrats on the one year of blogging... wishing you another good year of gaming & writing :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Sure thing. They're all true. Keep up the great work.

Trey said...

Congratulations on a year. Keep on bloggin'! ;)