Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Public Vlogging

Saying it and not writing.

Two thoughts:

"To strip our pleasures of imagination is to reduce them to their own dimensions, that is to say to nothing."

- Marcel Proust

"Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it."

-Tom Stoppard


Arkhein said...

Nice to see and hear you, man. Not at all what I expected. For some reason, I was expecting you to look just like that dude to the upper right over there. :)

- Ark

James said...

Thank you for posting this.

Drew said...


Asking a bunch of fans of a 30 year old paper-and-pencil roleplaying game why they haven't embraced the new technology of computers and moved into modern times? Ha!

In seriousness, I use a combination of computer and physical notes/books when I GM. Both certainly have their merits. When it comes to note taking, I find that I prefer paper simply for the freedom it offers. With a computer, I'm bound by the limits of the software. I can't "scribble in the margins" so to speak. My notes must flow like my thoughts in order for me to find what I'm looking for. Word processing programs don't really lend themselves to the kind of adventure writing I like to do. Yes, there are programs that are more free form and whatnot, but they always require an investment of time to learn their various functions. I'm not often interested in doing that and, since I overcame the learning curve of a notebook and a pencil more than a few years ago, I prefer the more archaic method.

That isn't to say I don't love the computer. I often type things out first in outline form and then make notes on the printed page. Also, I have purchased a lot of rulebooks in PDF over the years and certainly make use of them. It seems to me that, at least when it comes to familiar books, I can open to a given section by feel just as quickly as I can hit Ctrl+F on my laptop. There is a spacial aspect to books, where the mind can determine approximate locations, that one doesn't get from electronic media. This is probably the result of years of conditioning and might vanish if e-books replace paper over time, but I'm still a product of years of conditioning. And hell, I just love books. The feel and smell of them appeals to me; emotion sometimes trumps logic, especially when one is talking about a hobby.

Jason Juta said...

Alexis, it was a pleasure to watch, thanks for doing that. Seeing and hearing a person in this internet age of text blogging makes a big difference to me in actually trying to hear what they have to say, and viewing them as a real person with a history and informed opinions. I only wish each blog could be a vlog, with a transcription for search purposes.

Silvius Volundr said...

Thanks for putting a face to go with the blog/online game.

This takes some balls. Now it is not some anonymous dude posting his thoughts, it feels far more human.

Tedankhamen said...

Hi Alexis,

Enjoyed your talk. As I suffer through my PhD now, writing my blog energizes me and keeps me going for my thesis work, so I grok what you are saying. I probably have a second, OSR blog in my somewhere on the backburner waiting until I have free time again - kudos to you for getting to share your passion with others. One of the joys of life is having an opinion, sharing it with others, especially disagreeing and changing (or having changed) opinions. Keep it up.

Carl said...

Bravo, sir.

Oddbit said...

Our game has evolved to use E-Readers and smart phones armed with books and a few pre-written resources, however it seems nobody owns or thinks to use a laptop and we are generally forced into environments distant from computers.

I will probably steal a laptop from my partner when I finally start running my game live.

Butch said...

Very nice. I liked that you wound up talking about something other than what you originally intended. That's both a strength and a weakness of a vlog... it's so stream of consciousness, you're never really sure where you're going to wind up.

2eDM said...

Very different than what I expected. I'm certainly going to be reading your posts in a different light from now on.

rmckee78 said...

I liked this. There is something about video blogging that is very honest. While I would not want to see this replace you written blogs, I do hope you do more of it.

christian said...

I really enjoyed that. It always nice to put a face and voice to a blog.

fluerdemal said...

Very nicely said, thanks for sharing in this medium. I enjoyed it a great deal.

I have a couple of players who do everything via computer, I have a couple who do everything via P&P (Pencil and Paper) - I even have a couple of players who Skype in from another state now. As the DM I use a mix, one because I still have tons of resources that aren't on my computer, two because I find a couple of tasks easier on paper, and three because I still take some visceral satisfaction of out P&P and actual books at the gaming table.

I think it's the "scribble at the margins" that Drew mentions above.

But I can't imagine not having a computer for gaming at this point, or not using it.


Arduin said...

I would love to do more with the computer, but given that our only device, a meager netbook, is shared between five users, I can't generally remove it from the house.

Also, horribly fond of the Stoppard quote, or rather, the Guildenstern quote. "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" is my absolute favorite play, ever; I have a marked tendency to look down on people who "didn't get it".

In short: an excellent post in a long line of excellent posts.

Andrej said...

Very nice, Alexis.