Okay, my blog-writing hiatus is over, and I'm back in the saddle again. I had intended to start writing again a couple of weeks ago, but the longer I waited the more difficult it seemed to start writing again. Actually, I don't think I was quite ready yet. I had wanted to start again on the one year anniversary of this blog, but I just wasn't ready.
On the gaming front, I've actually acquired more gaming books this year than the previous ten years! I've re-acquired most of my Rolemaster books that I had sold a few years back. Recently I found a copy of the D&D Hollow World DM's Sourcebook at a local thrift store. It was only 49 cents, so even if I only use a map or two for my "patchwork quilt" fantasy sandbox campaign, it was a worthwhile purchase. I haven't researched it yet, but I'm sure it was part of a boxed set. I also recently purchased Dungeonland ( EX1 ) AD&D Fantasy Adventure Module, by E. Gary Gygax, and wasn't that impressed by it. Thankfully it was only $2.75. The cover is well worn, but the inside is in good shape. Maybe I'll put it up for trade on the Scavenger's Depot.
I recently met Badmike, one of the organizers of the North Texas RPG, Convention at Half Price Books, and OSR blogger, ( "A Troll Ate My Homework" ). It was kind of a fluke. I was wandering around browsing for books, and he was talking to the clerk. He had a NTRPG con flyer in his hand, and I overheard him introduce himself to the clerk. I have corresponded a bit with Mike via email, and I waited for a pause and introduced myself. We chatted for a bit, and he asked if I was going to attend NTRPG Con. I told him I was going to try. If you live in the North Texas area, or even if you don't, check out their website. There's a banner on my sidebar that links to NTRPG Con website. Plenty of great OSR personalities are going to be there running games, and giving workshops, panels, etc.
It's funny how I gained a few followers during my hiatus. I've noticed other bloggers mention the same thing. Kind of strange, or maybe not. I often start following blogs that have been inactive for a while on the off chance the blogger starts writing again. I don't think I lost any followers, but I wasn't really keeping track. I'm over 50 followers so I'm happy with that.
During the last two and a half months I haven't followed the gaming blogosphere as closely as I normally do, and I wonder what I've missed. I know there was some kind of A to Z blogging challenge for the month of April. I also know that I missed submitting something for the one-page dungeon contest. I guess there's always next year...
I wanted to thank everyone who commented and sent me emails for their kind words, and support. The loss of my sister hit me hard, and I'm still dealing with it. I know she would want me to be happy, and so I must get on with my life. Of course I'll never forget her, and she's always in my heart.