My Strained Relationship With Fantasy Flight Games

I recognize that I’ve let this go a bit, I’ve been bogged down with schoolwork, my writings elsewhere, and other stuff that I’m juggling. But perhaps I can start with one of my many articles stuck in the draft stage. Since this was the one that I’ve been sitting on for a while, I figured I’d start with this one.

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Finding Love and Intimacy on the Spectrum

I did some housekeeping recently, tossing out old posts that I did in the days when I put up stuff on a daily basis. This was initially for the purposes of having daily content ready, making a reliable schedule.

This was a mistake. I can certainly produce one solid article per week, but in aggregate I ended up having to toss out much of these because they hid articles that I wanted people to read. One series of articles that got deleted dealt with my experience in dating.

Much has changed, so much so that simply adding a new article isn’t going to help. My attitude on the entire subject has shifted, though not as completely as one may think. And of course, now that Rebby and I have been together happily for six months I can say that this phase of my life is over.

In my life, I have held serious doubts about my ability to perform in certain aspects of life, things like finishing school, holding down a job, or falling in love with a romantic partner. Neurotypical friends, well meaning as they were, didn’t understand my anxieties.

Some of these things were easier to accept than others. I regained my confidence with my triumphant return and successful completion of my degree at CCBC. I found out I could do journalism really well and kickstarted a freelance writing career. But dating and relationships? That was another story.

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Midgar is Still Burning

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On September 11, 2007, Leigh Alexander wrote an article for the Escapist titled “Midgar is Burning”. In it, Alexander describes the rise and fall of the Final Fantasy VII role-playing community on AOL. She speculates regarding the future of fan involvement in media creation, that moviegoers will shape the future of films and franchises. She also posits that this process has already begun in some nascent fashion.

What Leigh Alexander didn’t know at the time of writing this was that she was describing the blueprint for a cycle of modern fan culture. Since this was in the burgeoning days of the internet, these events unfolded much more slowly than in our social media and mobile-friendly present.

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The Money Issue and Moving Forward

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This post has been something of a while coming. I’ve recently talked to my parents and friends and I’m currently in the early stages of moving forward in my life.

This blog is one of many of my current pursuits. Among them are the podcast series “End of an Era” that I do for a club project at my community college, writing a Fate Core sourcebook “Cloudrunner: Fate of the Skies”, and the Cloudrunner novel. Of course, there are other mundane things too. I’m a full-time student juggling my schoolwork, my creative endeavors, a freelance writing career on Splice Today, this blog, a relationship, and a social life all at the same time. Of course, I seem to do a pretty good job of this, all things considered.

But I’m thinking it’s time for me to move forward, and one of the things I’m looking to do is achieve independence. My current income can get me through any given month as is, but it does mean that I will have some limitations placed on what I do.

At this point, I’m looking towards jobs on my college campus. If I can make some extra cash here or there, that would be great. However, there’s an alternate solution that I’ve been considering: Patreon.

I am grateful that Patreon didn’t go through with its funding changes because that would have negatively impacted possible plans that I had. I don’t have the mass audience that would make advertising profitable.

Where I could use guidance is in what exactly should be covered under the Patreon umbrella. Because I’m creating a diverse amount of content such as podcasts, journalism, and creative writing, I confess to being at a bit of a loss for the direction I would take.

Though my audience is small at the moment, I know that it’s out there. Someone’s reading those posts and I’m curious to know what people would like.

Leave a response in the comments, and I’ll see what I can come up with!

D&D Envy: The Overcrowded Fantasy Tabletop RPG Market

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Whenever I go to Games and Stuff, a hobby game store in Glen Burnie that I’ve been going to for years for their incredible selection and friendly customer service, I have come to the sobering realization that there’s a problematic impulse amongst RPG writers and publishers that I call “D&D envy”.

Given the massive success of Dungeons & Dragons, especially 5th edition, a lot of publishers are looking to get a piece of the fantasy RPG pie. As a result, there’s a flood of fantasy RPGs on the market, too many for anyone to really fully invest in. Continue reading

On the Failure of Milo Yiannopolous’s Writing

I remember witnessing Milo Yiannopolous rise to power, riding the alt-right wave. He was known for being a provocateur and by his own admission a troll. He exemplified the awfulness of the behaviors addressed under the alt-right banner, sexism, racism, homophobia, really anything that you could suffix with -ism or -phobia was part of his repertoire. Continue reading