Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Looking To The Future - The Essay Concluded

What the future was going to look like, once upon a time.

So, having gotten in my ration of grumpy-old-man-complains for the week, let's move on into a future that may never have been, or may not even be remembered...

I enjoy games. Building them, and running them. I'm not apologetic about it, it just is. It's my hobby - my obsession is model railways (the GWR, in OO, to be precise) - and I have been having a lot of fun in and with that hobby for over forty years. Despite the best efforts of a number of people, I'm going to stay in that hobby. And, going forward, I have a few things going for the future.

First and foremost, I'll be finishing "To Serve The Petal Throne" this coming year. It's been moving right a long, and I've been getting quite a lot of encouragement from people who have been discovering or rediscovering Phil's astounding creation.

Secondly, my emphasis in gaming will focus on what I do in my game room and sharing that with people via the Internet. The massively powerful video rack, which combines all of the diverse technology I've been building up for years into one very capable and flexible systems, will allow remote play by people in games. This will allow me to have a lot more depth and intrigue in my on-going campaign, and provide people with a look into how I game.

Backing this up will be the parallel writing of the second edition of my miniatures rules. The biggest change will be that it will be an electronic publication, so that I can illustrate it with photos of my miniatures; the video rack will also allow DVDs to be made, and I'm looking forward to adding this to my capabilities; you can have me there in your game room, without me rooting around in your fridge.

I'm going to continue building games, and rebuilding and updating old ones. The emphasis will be on the sheer visual effect of miniatures, combined with logistics considerations to make the games portable if that becomes useful. I will be making 'guest appearances' on occasion, out in public venues, and I will use our considerable resources to make these memorable for players and spectators.

That's the 'short form' of what's been developing hereabouts for the past couple of years. More to come, as I think of it, but I think that's what I have for now.

Thanks again for your time and patience!