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.