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Copenhagen Calling

I woke up to find a comment on an old entry from Denmark. Maybe it's just a one-off, an oddness of the Internet. Maybe it's a Trend. Maybe I'm being slightly haunted by Denmark lately.

Anyway, I'm re-evaluating who I think the audience is for this blog; for a couple years, I've been assuming it is largely friends and family. Maybe that's still true, but maybe not. It seems a Euro-gamer contigent may have arrived as well, which is pretty cool. I see sabayone and gothwalk around once in a while. No idea who else might be out there.

So this is an open call to anyone I've never met in person: if you'd like to delurk and say hello, please do so in the comments. Who are you marvelous readers out there? Don't be shy; anonymous posting is enabled.

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the_monkey_king
Dec. 1st, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted a stalker. You being a Finnish stalker is somehow even better.

From what I can tell, Finnish mythology was too familiar, so you struck out for the Fertile Crescent. It must be an interesting time to be studying Sumerian figures and/or texts.
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the_monkey_king
Dec. 1st, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
Rationally, I know readers can come from anywhere with a Net connection. But because I know most of the LJ crowd personally in Seattle, it has always struck me as a cozier set than, say, the Blogger users. More fannish, more local — I always expect worldwide commentary on Slashdot or other venues, but not on LJ. Obviously, my parochial view of the LJ community is a bit out of date.

Cultural differences among gamers? Generalizing a bit, the main one seems to me to be that Europeans have a better grasp of the medieval period that underlies most fantasy, and Americans just don't. It's understandable: in Europe, that period of history is taught as part of the national narrative, and in the US it is largely ignored or skimmed over until college.

Besides, it's just easier to visit a castle or a cathedral and have a sense of the scale and history of such things in Europe. In the States, history begins with Jamestown (or perhaps the Spanish).

In the US, artifacts such as those in the Arms & Armor collection of the Art Institute of Chicago look beamed down from another world. They don't really fit into anyone's ancestor story, since most of those start with "my ancestors emigrated in YEAR HERE". The closest most of us get to touching history is visiting a Renaissance Fair. As a result, the Hollywood and FRPG output can be rather disneyfied, Ars Magica notwithstanding.

Glad you like the look of Frostburn. I'm quite pleased with it, though I'm not sure when I might do another WotC project.
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the_monkey_king
Dec. 2nd, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
Wow, a Kromosome fan. Damn I loved writing that book.

Maybe I should write up a d20 Modern Dark*Matter adventure sometime. Hmmmm. I wonder if I could pitch it to Game Mechanics or the WotC Web folks.
adamdray
Dec. 1st, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)
I collect LJ-friends who work in the gaming industry. I like to follow those journals that (even occasionally) discuss game design projects or game-related stories.

I'm looking forward to the Book of Roguish Luck!
jaws9
Dec. 1st, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the Book of Roguish Luck!

That's why I'm here.


Peace and smiles :)

j.
the_monkey_king
Dec. 2nd, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
Well, maybe I'll have some hints about it early next year. For now, all I can say is that I've seen some sketches for the interior art, and it looks pretty good.

Any requests for particular Web enhancements?
the_monkey_king
Dec. 2nd, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
Neat! I'll have to check out your friends list on LJ and see if I'm missing anyone. :)
cloudscudding
Dec. 2nd, 2004 05:01 am (UTC)
You found me! I think through peg_kerr or another of the writery people I have friended. And I've kept reading your journal because I like following the progress of other writers. It helps motivate me.

Myself: Minneapolis, married, martial arts, overusing alliteration, writing, photography. Pretty boring in terms of conversational topics, but trying hard to focus my energy on the things I want to succeed in.
the_monkey_king
Dec. 2nd, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
peg_kerr is a likely suspect, but somehow I thought I found your LJ through your photography. Belize photos, maybe? And then the Minneapolis house hunt made me remember the many summers I visited the Twin Cities as a child.

If my progress as a writer is motivating, that's kind of scary. I've gotten lots written for magazines and games, but my novel is still stuck in the middle act. Maybe I'll change that this weekend, though.

Anyway, I'm fond of writerly LJs as well, and for much the same reason. Takes away that sense of writing as a lonely endeavor. NPR did a report on some LA cafe that catered to screenwriters, and it sounded heavenly: hanging out with people who understand something about how writing works in the real world.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 2nd, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
The Danish Disease (aka the Viking Virus)
There's probably a rash of Danish going around. Maybe you caught it from the Overlords of Malhavoc, who graced our shores this October?

Anyway, I stumbled upon this via some link-hopping that started with Mike Mearls. And of course I remember you from Dungeon as a writer (Kingdom of the Ghouls was very good) and as the first editor after Barbara Young.

So: Dane. Member of the Council of Magisters (but you knew that). Rpgs - especially Monte Cook's Arcana Unearthed. Music - got an iPod yesterday - hope it won't suck as hard as you seem to believe it does. Reading. Anglophile (with a MA in Eng. Litt. to prove it). Copywriter at a small Danish ad agency (so I guess my soul is sold two-fold to the Devil. Once from rpgs and once from being in advertising.

Søren/Siobharek
Council of Magisters
the_monkey_king
Dec. 2nd, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: The Danish Disease (aka the Viking Virus)
Oh, the iPod doesn't suck. It's a great piece of tech (other than the battery issues).

My main complaints about it are that it costs more than equivalent devices, and that the proprietary format that iTunes uses to sell songs locks you into the Apple devices, while the Rio, Dell, Creative, and many other devices offer sales support to MP3, WMA, and open source formats that can be more readily transferred between devices.

I'm amused by the picture you offer of Malhavoc stuffing a small Danish invasion into their suitcases on the way home.
tacomasquall
Dec. 3rd, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
I used to be heavily into L5R before I got married, and was one of the "Tacoma Mafia" who used to come to storyline tourneys in the area. Now a few years out of touch with the game, and relocated to a different part of the US - it was due to chance look at the L5R interest list that led to me noticing your name on the list, and that was when I looked up your LJ.
the_monkey_king
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)
Hey, Ruben! Congrats on your marriage.

I've likewise dropped out of the L5R scene for about a year now. There's a prerelease down in Tacoma this weekend, and I'm tempted to go, but it's pretty unlikely, despite the new Mantis stronghold in this set.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
Ok, I'm lurker from the other side of the world :)
I live in Poland. I'm not LiveJournal user.
I read your livejournal from time to time, and it was a bit of random choice. I really like your work for Al-Qadim (which is my favourite rpg setting ever!) and Planescape, so when I found that you have this blog I thought it might be interesting to look here.

Djinni
the_monkey_king
Dec. 3rd, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I've always wanted to meet a Djinni; thanks for de-lurking. Everything I hear about Poland these days seems to be that things are not the same as when I visited in the late 70s. Come to think of it, I tried to find Zubrowka in the shops last weekend; no luck, but I hear it's exported.

Thanks for the kind words about AQ and Planescape. I'm thinking I might actually post more game-related stuff.
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