When asked what unions want, Samuel Gompers, the pugnacious cigar-roller and leader of the AFL, famously said: “We want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labor.”
Before one of you jumps in whining about the third-rail of politics in gaming blogs, the quote in context is the fodder of my day job--it's the “more” I am interested in here.
First of all, a thank you to all who commented yesterday. My mind has been spinning and frankly my replies can't keep up with the fired neurons (you will see a few blogside experiments as a result). This is, in part, a generalized, spin-off reply.
I had one overarching realization pondering over the different strands this morning, part of my problem is that having had more I now want more and realize that I will want even more after that.
As I stated yesterday in the comments, of course, I want more readers for this blog—same goes for the Borderlands or anything else that comes out the rear end of this project—but there has been a growing hunger for another kind of more: a more that seems like less on the surface.
It's the hunkering down over the more of quality rather than the more of quantity. Ever heard of the Slow Food movement? It's a little akin to that, a balking against disposability and in favor of something richer and...well...better tasting.
In other words, it's the quality of my interactions with a number of you out there that I value more than the quantity. No, I am not yammering on about a mutual admiration club for those claiming special snowflake status; we really are all decaying organic matter as my friend Kenny likes to quote. Just a growing awareness of simple, deeper interactions evolving out of the ephemeral space that is our nook of the blogosphere.
The first part of this is pretty simple and straightforward, I have been enjoying longer, off-blog email conversations with readers that develop over weeks and months. The exchanges have been more candid and thoughtful. In fact some of my better posts here have often been sparked out of them.
Mythmere nails another larger piece of this in his last post when he talks about how the real second wave in old school gaming is “not something that has to do with product-creation...It is a larger sea change, because it is a new set of steps that are being taken toward gaming rather than toward gaming resources.”
My recent experiences with the North Texas RPG Con, our modest South Texas Mini-Con, and the ongoing festival that is ConstantCon reinforce that observation. While some longtime blogs and forums in our corner of the hobby seemed to be plateauing or hitting the ends of their arcs, that other scene is taking on more energy. It's growing and in the case of the Google+ mini-wave rapidly even.
Frankly, the more I get out and experience play with other GMs and players, the more I want of that and the less I want to sitting in front of a glowing screen typing about that. Of course I will still be doing a good deal of that; perhaps it just means that part of my reorientation hovers around coverage and promotion of that arena. (Looking over blog posts of the last month there has already been some movement there now that I think of it.)
At any rate, I promise next post will be a “palate cleanser”; less from the navel and more about good ole gaming content. Until then onwards and upwards, friends.