Held Action Turns Two

Two years ago today marks the start of the blogging endeavor that shortly thereafter became Held Action. And it’s the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, so it feels a little more momentous.

My enthusiasm for blogging has waxed and waned over the last two years. I started with a predictable burst of over-enthusiasm, having a new post nearly every weekday; reposting old actual play logs helped with that. Then I settled into a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, which worked for a while.

Recently, I had a multi-week block when I didn’t want to write about anything. Even though I had Scions of Time and Masks of Nyarlathotep sessions to record, I didn’t want to spend the time on it. I wasn’t getting the same charge from posting as I was.

I could think of this as a pure hobby blog and only post when I feel like it. But I know how my brain works. If I don’t feel obligated to do something, I only do it as long as the task interests me. Blogging to please oneself is not inherently interesting to me.

It’s not quite yet time to throw in the towel, though. I’m going to try lowering my expectations first. I’d like to continue posting three times a week, but it doesn’t necessarily have to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. So we’ll see how that goes for a while before I make any decisions.

And that’s not to say that any decision I make would affect what’s already here on Held Action. Whatever I decided, I certainly wouldn’t take the blog down. One of the things I like about watching the page views is learning which entries become lasting resources. The Arkham Horror Expansion Guide gets hits daily because, I hope, people find the information useful.

Regardless of what happens from here on out, happy birthday to Held Action! Who would have thought I’d keep up blogging this long?

Happy Towel Day 2010

Happy Towel Day, everyone! May 25th became a day to remember and celebrate the life of Douglas Adams, author of the ever increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, which became a foundation stone of modern geek culture, thanks its eminent quotability and chaotic sense of humor. In particular, the adulation of the towel as the ultimate utility item for a hitchhiker to carry — “A towel, [the guide] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have“; the full quote is under the jump became so iconic of the series and Adams that it became the namesake of this day of remembrance.

Along with translating to a number of media: radio, novels, television and film, the Hitchhiker’s Guide also inspired a number of games over the years, both computer and otherwise:

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is possibly one of the most mind-bending, torturous text adventures ever devised. Thus it comes as no surprise that Adams co-created the thing.
  • …in Spaaace! isn’t an outright Hitchhiker’s Guide RPG, but it certainly draws a lot of influence from the source material, albeit sometimes by way of Futurama. It’s a free download from Greg Stolze’s site, so check it out.
  • Gamer’s Guide to the Galaxy is a free print-to-play board game that has a listing on Boardgamegeek.com and . . . that’s it. It doesn’t seem to be available for download any more.

Does anyone else have some Hitchhiker-esque games to suggest? Tonight is Tuesday night board games, as it often is, and I’m trying to think of something suitable for the occasion. I could bring Space Alert again, but that will make three weeks in a row and I don’t know if it’s really catching on with the group. After that, I’m kinda stumped for science fiction-y and humorous games, except maybe Chrononauts.

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