Sunday, 6 May 2012

Blogging A to Z 2012 Retrospective

2012 was my second year in the Blogging A-to-Z challenge. I learned about the idea from Grognardia last year. James' effort focused on his Original D&D campaign known as Dwimmermount (which posted nigh $50,000 in Kickstarter last month). I jumped in with my own effort on role-playing games (RPGs) focusing on Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, or WFRP.

WFRP is a license of Games Workshop, currently published by Fantasy Flight Games. The world of WFRP is a low fantasy, 15th century Germanic and Arthurian setting featuring elves, dwarves, halflings and a myriad of beasts, magic, and dark magical foes.

I quickly found that I not only enjoyed the challenge, but I was becoming more familiar with the setting and far more comfortable writing and extending the setting for my own games. My entries in Blogging A-to-Z 2011 also won me some recognition the WFRP community, including a Best of the Fans Award from Adolphus Altdorfer, the nom de plume of Magnus Seter at The Altdorf Correspondant,

Thus the fire was lit and I began planning my effort for 2012. Only I had a problem on the outset: a European Vacation. While I could have figured out a way to beg, borrow and steal data connections in Italy, I knew I was going to busy. I had several ideas to handle my absence. The first was to just pre-write my posts and queue them. The second was to engage others. I issued a call to the WFRP community of bloggers, a small one to be sure, and got immediate interest.

In the end, 26 entries later, I can declare SUCCESS. Ben Scerri of versamus; we roll was a tremendous help, blogging on the other side of the world from Australia. Ben not only provided support in my planned absence, he provided near or half of the ideas for Blogging A-to-Z 2012. Thank you, Ben!

We got to share with the visitors our enjoyment of the WFRP setting (there was less system focus posts than 2011) with a wider audience. But I think that Ben and I also can share a hardship in blogging, literally on opposite sides and poles of the Earth. We settled on GMT posts. For me that meant that my posts appeared hours before midnight in the US and "yesterday" for Ben. I think in retrospect the lesson to pass to "A-to-Z'ers" is: if you're going to co-blog the challenge, stay local and within six hours plus-or-minus GMT. Anything approaching 12 hours creates a "I'm awake, your asleep" communication blackout. If you must, then plan at least a day ahead for all communication and last minute changes are not allowed.

Thanks for visiting and see you next year... indeed.
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