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My Life as a Grog(nard)

So I’ve not been posting much here on My Life as a Grog for a number of reasons.

I have a deep love of ArM5 and I’m proud of the material I’ve contributed to the game over the years (both in the official line but also through this blog, the early days of Marko’s Light of Andorra PBP online Saga, and the fanzines Hermes Portal and the two incarnations of Sub Rosa). However, going back and rejigging the pages of this site with all I’ve learnt about blogging and recycling the material isn’t a high priority for me sorry.

As much as I want this site to be a “Point of Light” between Ars Magica editions as suggested recently by Timothy on the forums, I’m really not going to be feeding the flame as actively as once I was able to and my interests aren’t really “vanilla” ArM5 in any case.

So I’ve gone back to my roots a bit more, shifted to a different main nom de plume (“The Ranting Savant”) and looked back on “Old School Roleplaying” and some of my juvenilia – mainly Planescape material when Jon Winter’s I am the Mimir was more than a husk floating in the digital Astral Sea…

My current active blogs are:

I’m still contactable via the Atlas Forums as Jarkman or by my various RPG related private email addresses for specific questions about aspects of my work, but I’ve enjoying the nostalgia trip and working in a more “rules-lite” design space for now.

Who knows I may be back from Twilight at some stage but for now…

Vale sodales!

 

 

 

 

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The Grog in Review (2014)

OK, so I received this new report about this blog when I was on leave, and therefore this is a bit late but I really had better things to do on New Year’s eve fortunately and I’ve now had some time to reflect on this and digest it’s significance.

I think it’s been a good year, at least for the ‘Grog overall, and my development as a writer in general. Although I don’t really have a prior summary (apart from this interim review I generated myself), over the last year I seem to have blogged more, blogged better and generated a whole lot more interest in the site – something I’m very thankful for, although clearly I’m still a long way away from quitting my day job…

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