Monday, July 11, 2011

Introducing: Your Dungeon is ROCK! (and some other randomness...)

Some random thoughts today...

I've been silent on the whole Your Dungeon Is Suck guy controversy concerning Christian that reverberated through the OSR blogosphere last week, and I'm finally throwing my two cents into the pile, mostly after seeing this post by Tim over at The Other Side Blog.

Let me state my thoughts on the subject unequivicably: Your Dungeon Is Suck serves no purpose other than to be unnecessarily hurtful and insulting to a group of people who by and large are doing little more than helping each other with a hobby. A hobby! Your Dungeon Is Suck, for the most part, offers the type of degrading humor that is insulting to anyone with more than a few brain cells. We don't need it in any way. D&D bloggers are perfectly capable of calling each other on their bullshit, and do so, quite often. If Your Dungeon is Suck offered honest, decent satire, that would be awesome. Instead it spews vitriol, hate, and juvenile insults.

As an antidote, I offer Your Dungeon is ROCK!, a new blog where I will highlight the smaller, up-and-coming D&D blogs that might be flying under your radar but deserve some recognition. It will also be a space where I can put up links to articles around the blogosphere I really like or that may be generating a good bit of discussion. I spend a good chunk of time surfing about the D&D blogosphere, and I encounter a lot of great material, but I want A Pack of Gnolls to remain focused on what it's doing well.

I got sent home from work today at the regular time instead of working a couple hours of overtime (one of the overhead cranes is busted, which was really hurting our productivity today), so I caught the end of the Dungeons and Dragons film on SyFy. Good God, but not even Jeremy Irons could save that gawdawful piece of trash.

Anyways, I was planning to use the bit of extra time to work on some D&D stuff (what else would I do, really?), and went searching for some background noise to put on the TV on the Netflix Instant service through the Wii. After talking myself out of some anime, I stumbled upon Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival 2010 in the New Arrivals.

Well hot damn. I have spent the next big chunk of time geeking out on my other OCD focus: guitars. I've seen a couple other DVDs of the various Crossroads Festivals (Clapton throws one every year, I believe, to raise money for a school in Antigua). This one features a nice range of old school blues, Delta, Chicago, Country, Texas, and everything in between, and a lot of the newer artists that have been influenced by the greats and play just as well. Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, just to name a few off the top of my head...  And Clapton gets to jam with whoever he wants. Must be nice.

So I may have to spend a couple hours tonite banging on my axe instead of working on D&D stuff, but I think that'll be a pretty good use of my time.


  1. Awesome! Am subscribed! Brilliant idea!

  2. Oddball: Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

    Moriarty: Crap!

  3. Awesome Idea!

    I do, however, disagree on one point. I just went over and read YDIS - I think it does, conceivably, have a purpose. It gives everyone who reads any of these blogs a place to go and be a dick.

    Frankly, some people are dicks. Some people are dicks all the time. Some people are only dicks when they have a lapse of judgement or composure. Some people are dicks under other, very specific circumstances. Anyway. Dicks.

    When I get angry or dickish, rather than terrifying the people Im with or the people I love, I go for a walk or go do some bagwork or something.

    I'm essentially being an angry dick, but in a safe direction. Hitting bags, rather than people. I get angry enough to hit people I love, but that doesnt mean I dont love them, you know? I take it away from everyone else.

    If people want to come and see that, they can. Come and try to talk to me when I'd rather just be hitting stuff and I'm not likely to be as rational as normal. I'll probably be a dick to them, because thats the mood im in.

    Maybe there will be some other gentleman there who is feeling like he could happily be a dick for a while, and maybe we will acknowledge that and get into the ring and have a fight. Out of everyones way.

    If you don't want to be involved in that, don't come and talk to us while we're boxing. Maybe you just want to head over and watch a conflict... People will quite often stop what theyre doing to watch a pub fight. Its human nature, to a point.

    Not that I really get that angry, and not that I will ever post on YDIS. Its an analogy. I hope you understand.


    Don't take it personally either. Don't take yourself that seriously. You will have detractors, and there will be dicks. It happens in real life and it happens online. Be stronger than that, just like IRL.

  4. Hey, thanks for all the support guys!

    @Trent: I understand what you're saying. I have yet to be singled out for ridicule by YDIS, though I'm sure it's only a matter of time. I do like the idea of having all the trolls in one place yelling at each other, instead of all over our blogs. Kinda makes going over to YDIS like a trip to the zoo!

  5. I have laughed at YDIS before the Christian incident which was totally uncalled for and really sobered me up to all of the horrible things that were being doled out. I do not think that Kent is necessarily a bad guy, but I agree that YDIS serves no actual purpose and his justifying it is a bit wayward in mentality. We are a niche within a niche hobby and don't really need anything to divide us more.

  6. Yeah... As I say - I don't really approve of said behavious, but I understand that it happens. Like most stupidity.

    Troll Zoo!! That's an adventure right there. I'm doing it. Now I need to have a variety of exotic Troll races/subspecies in my game....