Chatter #11: March 27, 2001

12/14/2001 — I started the Chatter section on July 27, 2000 when I noticed that the rest of my site was sometimes getting cluttered with lots of text. I'm a talkative guy, after all! So now I talk about my life here, instead of all over the place. Originally this was one huge section, but in December of 2001 it simply became too large to remain as one page, and I broke it into dated sections, as you can see. —>PM



She'll never see this, of course, since we can't get her to use the computer, but I wanted to say it anyway.


As you'll have noticed if you've been keeping up with the site lately, I've been busy. The RQ Quiz had a mistake in it, but I fixed it; ironically, I'd originally had the correct answer but lost my nerve when a friend told me that I was wrong. Almost all my RQ stuff is deep in storage, so I had no way to double-check. It's fixed now, though.

I've made a "Quizzes & Polls" linkpage, and four new polls are available there. Damned if I know what I'll do with the data, but it will be interesting information to see.

I've been getting more ideas for Chaos Project entries, but haven't had a chance to enter them yet. Wish that some of the old regulars would come back and put some entries in, though. Magic items are the hardest for me; my standard for my own magic items is possibly too high. I had an idea for a sword that preferentially strikes at injured hit locations, but I'm not really satisfied with it yet. It doesn't quite make sense.

I'm still using FrontPage Express for a lot of my HTML editing, combined with heavy use of WordPad to edit HTML directly; I'm actually getting better at writing raw HTML, which is good (I guess). Lately I've started using a pretty neat webbot tool in FrontPage to automatically update my "Revised" dates. Convenient.

I've also used an old graphics program to re-create all the runic icons for the navigation bar; they're better-looking 3D now. Although the flaming Fire/Sky rune may still need work. When I get the chance I'll do some more research in graphic techniques.


Hits on the site continue to be high; a good bit higher than with the old TIAC site (and the TIAC SUCKS site has been getting more hits too, although only a fraction of the number that the RQ site does). But I've been wondering lately if I should join the Glow Ring. It might increase hits, but there's a problem: The GR is more focused on Glorantha and HeroWars (which I still haven't tried), and my site is for RuneQuest far more than it is for Glorantha. And I don't support HeroWars at all - except insofar as I support all fun fantasy roleplaying (and since I've never seen nor heard of a HeroWars campaign in this area, I can't say if HW is fun or not). Certainly a lot of the Gloranthan scholars act like king-sized jerks, and I can't see how gaming with that sort of person would be any fun...

Anyway, what do you think? Should I suck it up and join the ring, or continue to go it alone and risk slowly losing all relevance to the gaming world? Of course, there's another option:


I could start making a set of links for RuneQuest-specific sites, or even a sort of RQ-only version of the Glow Ring. But there are two problems with that:

  1. I don't know of any other sites out there which specifically support RQ in preference to Glorantha. Jeeze - I'm the only one? THAT'S hard to believe!
  2. I - wait, number one pretty much kills the whole idea. Oh well. Unless anyone out there runs or knows of a RQ-only site...come to think of it, I do know of a few sites that might fit that description, but they don't have much content yet. And one of them has been pretty much frozen for a long, long time.

Anyway, I've got to run!

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