Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Do You Currently Play an "Old School" RPG?

In the upper-right corner of the blog, you'll see a new poll. The question is simple:

Do you currently play an "Old School" RPG?

I don't want to get into pained discussions about what does or does not constitute an "old school" RPG. For purposes of this completely unscientific poll, if you think it is one, it is.

I'm trying to get a feel for the accuracy of the intermittent criticisms of members of the OSR that many of us simply talk about games without actually playing them. How many of us are really "armchair paladins"? I like to think my own "current-gamer cred" is established, but I'd like to hear what you're playing, how often you're playing, and anything else you think might be relevant. Please feel free to expand extensively here on what you voted and why. Bonus points if you're also playing wargames!

This Day in History

I don't normally do these sorts of "this day in history" posts, but I've been on a history kick lately, and today is a real biggie with connections to both science fiction and military (wargaming) history. 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant achievements in human history.

On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to ever travel in space, opening up the era of human spaceflight. He is quoted as having said, "Someone who never met God on Earth, would never meet Him in space."

Поздравляю, Герой

Today also marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant dates in American history.

On this day in 1861, Confederate troops began the shelling of Fort Sumter, SC, inaugurating the Civil War. There were no casualties during the actual bombardment of the fort, but two Union soldiers were accidentally killed during the surrender ceremonies. 620,000 American soldiers (on both sides) would end up being killed, as well as an indeterminate number of civilians.