Redefining My Interests in Adventure Gaming

Using the term "OSR" as shorthand for the style of games I like to play isn't doing it for me anymore. There is too much baggage associated with "OSR," too much arguing about minutiae of the game, too much drama, too many bad actors, too many folks who say "I'm just here for the elf games" as an excuse to ignore and/or enable the bad actors, too many people who think just because we have a shared enjoyment of a certain style of retro gaming that we should share the retro attitudes, too. I think I'm done with that for now. Let other folks "reclaim" the label if they want, but it's time for me to move on.

I like to play tabletop RPGs fast & loose. I like fast-paced adventure games. I like to play the character, not the character sheet. I like high stakes where there's a good chance my character sheet will have to be crumpled up & a new character rolled. I like vanilla fudge fantasy rolled in gonzo sprinkles.
I found thi…

Introducing the Toss Off zine

After a short period of rumination & preparation, I'm happy to introduce Toss Off, a totally unnecessary, irregularly scheduled, systemless 2-page RPG zine. I'll throw ideas into a 2-page format and post them here. You can download them and use them as you see fit, even if that's to line the bottom of your hamster cage.

I'm using Google Docs and public domain images to put these together and then exporting them as PDFs. I'm releasing the zines under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. This means you are free to use the ideas in your own projects, even copying & pasting my words verbatim, as long as you:
give me creditindicate any changes you madegive your project away for freeYou can find the first issue here.

All issues will be archived on this page over here.

Life After Google+

Do I miss Google+? No. I was late to the party anyway, having only joined in mid-2015 (I can peg the date I joined to the immediate lack of posts to this blog). Since deleting my Google+ account at the beginning of December 2018, I've been more creative than I have in the past few years.

It's amazing what a life away from social media will do for you. I no longer feel the need to check in on my phone every day, trying to keep up with the latest & greatest in the never-ending stream of RPG chit-chat. Instead, I've moved on.

I allot about forty-five minutes a day to checking up on the news, which includes scanning my RSS feeds. Thanks to the great OSR OPML file over at Save vs. Party Kill, I added over 250 RPG blogs to Feedly & I can quickly scan titles to see if anything whets my interest. I follow lots of other sites this way, too--mostly online magazines & a few writers (Chuck Wendig is hilarious, y'all).

Although I have Twitter & Reddit accounts, I do…

Goodbye Google Plus, Hello World

I'm deleting my Google+ account in two weeks, after I turn over a few communities I own to new owners.

I have no desire to join another social media platform. I'm sticking to blogs. I tried Discord, but couldn't figure it out. I feel old.

From now on you can catch me at these places:

Rended Press

Poetry Midwest+

Me & Alfred Roanoke

@mwschmeer (I rarely check Twitter, but there it is)

MeWe, YouWe, WeAllWe for WeWe

So a lot of the DIY/OSR RPG folk & funsters are moving to MeWe. I created an account to check it out, but decided it is not for me and deleted my profile a few days later.

While the "privacy is everything" mantra of the site is admirable, the ability to discover new people, new shared interests, and new content is limited in such an environment.

There has also been a lot of chatter about MeWe actively courting white supremacist groups and the alt-right, but conservative groups & radio personalities are also actively complaining that MeWe is courting antifa and liberal groups. So which is it?

It's both. MeWe's CEO, Mark Weinstein, and Jason Hardy, MeWe's Vice President of Product Development, are more than happy to talk with OSR gamers, conservative radio hosts, & Fox News to extol the benefits of their platform. And for good reason--they need users.

MeWe needs to convince anyone and everyone to use their platform in an effort to gain users and win ano…