The state of this Blog and the state of the world


So, the very first week of this Blog has come to an end. I just wanted to address to a few things before I tackle the main thrust of this article.

First, starting next week, expect updates twice a week, namely on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have some interesting reviews in the works, along with an article that I think many of you will find interesting.

Second, I was lucky enough to attend GenCon this year (my very first) and even luckier to attend a live podcast by my absolute favorite website, Shut Up & Sit Down whose reviewers are both entertaining and insightful. If you aren’t already a fan, definitely check out the link. Anyway, I was able to meet with the SU&SD; team (Quintin Smith, Paul Dean, Matt Lees and Brendan Caldwell) afterwards, have a short chat and collect their autographs. Upon my return home, I sent their website an email thanking them for the experience and asking for any advice they could spare. Lo and behold, I received a reply from Quinns who gave me some really great advice, amongst which was: “Collapse your review down into as few words as possible. Respect the game, but respect your audience’s time more. Try writing reviews in 200 words or less. Once you can do that, you are allowed higher wordcounts.” Well, challenge accepted. Expect a review of Guillotine on Tuesday with a wordcount of 200. 😉

Now to the meat of today’s issue, the state of the world today. As many of you are no doubt aware, events are transpiring around the world that can cause one to lose hope in the general humanity of, well, humanity. There is civil war and conflict in the Middle East and Crimea, plague outbreaks in Africa and race riots in America (that last one seems to be winding down at the moment, thank goodness.) Amidst all this strife and suffering, our hobby can seem rather insignificant. But honestly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is precisely at times like these that fun and games are more important than ever. As a species, we need to play around with one another to remind ourselves that we are human. Playing together, sharing a moment over a game is more than an instant in time, it is an experience. By sharing experiences together, we can see past each others differences and see what we have in common. In my own gaming group (Nights of The Round Table) we have many people of different races, different religions and entirely different backgrounds and cultures. However, no matter how different we all are, when we sit down eye to eye over a game, we share a moment together, which gives us a new found commonality. We are no longer a gaggle of vastly different people, we are now us.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. What about you? Feel free to share any opinions or rants in the comments below and as always, feel free to follow this blog for future updates. Happy gaming, everyone.

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