Focus Change: RPG & Reviews

I’ve written about writing, I’ve written about comic books, I’ve done one product review, I’ve written about RPGs.

I seem to gain the most followers on Twitter from the RPG community.

I get the most page views on the sole product review I did.

Reviews and RPGs are not the direction I want to go, but this is the direction that my readers are telling me to go in. Savvy business guy that I am, I know that if want to grow my readership I need to go where the numbers are urging me to go.

From this point forward, the focus of the blog will be on tabletop RPGs and reviews of new products. For RPG content, look for original adventures (particularly one-page dungeons). I will likely review new RPG content as well, combining the two new focal points.

For product reviews, I’m up to suggestions. Please leave any in the comments section below. I’m looking mainly for products that writers would find interesting or useful. I’m a slow reader so book reviews probably aren’t the best idea.

Transcripts for Audio

On the suggestion of a member of the Audio Scriptwriters group on Facebook, I have decided to add transcripts to all of the audio dramas I’m hosting on this site.

It’s an idea that makes sense. After all, search engines don’t index audio files, so why not include a script? Gives me one more chance to be discovered by a random search.

I think what really pushed me over the edge in this decision is my wife’s insistence on having the subtitles turned on whenever we watch a movie. I hated it at first, but now I’m used to it. Given all the “What did that guy just say?” questions I get while playing one of these for my family, I figure this will solve that dilemma.

No way to caption an audio drama… or is there?

This process will take some time, but I have discovered that it is fairly easy to convert a script to an WordPress page. It just takes a bit of patience on my part. So bear with me, and soon all of the episodes will have transcripts!

New Look

I started back to blogging with good intentions, but they seem to have fallen short.

Well, that’s okay.  Today’s a new day.

I am going to finish up the series on the Five Room Dungeon Model soon, no worries.  But before I do that, I wanted to debut my new blogging theme.  Likey?

I do.

The only thing I have left to do is to change that top image.  Somehow, a bunch of munchy, crunchy carrots just doesn’t say “Serious Self-Publisher.”

Feel free to check the updated About page.  I made it considerably shorter in keeping with the short attention spans most people have these days.

Let me know what you think in the comments.  If you have a suggestion for a better top picture, leave that in comments as well.  Thanks!

Market Research

The economy is tanking, and my family (like everyone else’s, I know) is suffering alongside. This blog and all content therein is (and will remain) free. The upkeep (domain name) is not free, however. This means that I am devoting a significant portion of my time to writing and maintaining fresh content on a resource from which I derive no income and actually costs me a nominal amount of money annually to maintain.

In order to keep doing this, I must generate at least some revenue from this venture. Although I have set up a way to receive donations, which has generated some interest, no donations are coming in. After careful consideration, I have decided that producing e-books is the best way to continue this ministry.

That does not mean that I’m shutting down the blog or that I will begin to charge for reading it. Far from. I will continue to update the blog, hopefully as much (or more) as I already do. I want this resource to remain free.

However, I would like to produce e-books in addition to what I’m already doing here. These e-books will both be original as well as expansions of past articles. I have numerous ideas, but I need to focus my efforts where they will do the most good. As such, I have constructed a poll. What follows are all of my ideas for e-books so far. I would like you, the reader, to vote on the ones that you would be most interested in reading.

If you have any questions, send me an e-mail or comment below for all to see.

Announcement

For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I wanted to take the time to make a very special announcement.

My wife and I are expecting our second child! I don’t have a due date yet, but I will post later with more information. This is almost a surprise, as we weren’t going to start trying until this month. We are certainly not disappointed that God has chosen to do things this way. His way is always better than our way!

The Tablet that Ends Christianity?

“Corporeal” of the Rational Response Squad says that the recent discovery among the Dead Sea Scrolls gives Christianity a “death blow.”  What is it that he speaks of?  Why it is a tablet that contains a myth about a savior who dies and rises again on the third day.  Thing is, this tablet predates Jesus by decades–and the story, therefore, is probably much older than that.

Here’s the story.  Is it the end of Christianity as we know it, or something altogether different?

Personally, I think that it is something altogether different.  I think that this tablet actually strengthens the case for Christ and for Christianity.  How, do you ask?

Well, I won’t say just yet.  Let’s just say that I agree with Ben Witherington and Theology Web member “ApologiaMonk:”

In Christianity, this was all said to be done according to the Scriptures and that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. If someone reading the OT sees it beforehand, why should that cast doubt on what happened?

Nonetheless, many opinions, both scholarly and otherwise, have been and will be advanced on this topic.  Originally, I had planned on following this story without offering much in the way of commentary on it.  However, I’ve been asked by Rook Hawkins of the Rational Response Squad to offer whatever insight I can to the equation.  So in a future post, I will do just that.

Meanwhile, feel free to discuss the find below in comments, here on Theology Web, or here at the Rational Response Squad forums.  My comments will follow by Wednesday of this week.  I have three full days off to study this find and offer an informed opinion.

Been Blogging Lite for too Long

I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been going through a lot in my personal life.  My grandmother, Virginia Tucholski, passed away last week.  She went quickly and painlessly, which is an answer to prayer.  It isn’t like I’m never going to see her again; we will meet again in the resurrection, but that is still no consolation for the present.  Between the showing, the funeral, and just plain dealing with this tragedy, I haven’t had much time to blog.

Fortunately, now all is over and done with, and I will be able to return to my regular blogging schedule.  So stay with me and more updates will come soon.  I’m still looking to answer Rook Hawkins’s reply to me, but I still need to do some more research.  Look for that reply sometime next week.

Why I Haven't Updated, and Some Really Cute Pictures

I haven’t updated in a long time.  I intend to correct that travesty and step up the pace shortly.  First, I will post the final reply to DA’s assertion that the Vicar of Christ is not a blasphemous title.  I don’t necessarily agree with the typical Protestant position, espoused by James White and others, that the Vicar of Christ refers to the Holy Spirit.  But I think I have amply proved my case that this title is, in fact, blasphemy.  It puts the Pope on equal footing with Christ.

My Internet connection has been down for several weeks.  This is very annoying.  I actually have to call the phone company and find out what I can do prevent this from happening, or else figure out if the problem is on their end.  I somehow doubt that they will own up to the problem, and based on past experience, I don’t think that they will be extremely helpful in preventing future catastrophes.

I have decided not to pursue Christian ministry as my vocation in life.  I will, instead, return to what I had planned to do in high school but I was talked out of.  I am going to go be a doctor, probably either an anesthesiologist or an oncologist.  I may do the latter just so that my mom will mispronounce my career to people she meets.  That will amuse me to no end.  First, I’m going to get my RN license, and then I will go to med school.  On a humorous note, I should specialize in geriatrics so I can treat myself once I get done with med school.

I will keep this blog, and continue to study theology as a hobby.  I will no longer seek to get paid for this work, I will simply do this as a ministry and a testament to my love for God.  I will not turn down getting paid for this, mind you, I just won’t seek to get paid for this.

Last, the most important and joyous distraction from everything is the birth of my daughter, Ashleigh Nichole Tucholski, on Saturday.  She was 18 3/4 inches long, and weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces.  I will post plenty more pictures and lots of updates.  I love this little girl so much; I can’t even begin to describe it.  Of course the parents reading this will completely understand.

Unexpected Absence!!!

Yes, I had a rather sudden and unexpected absence from the blog. I hope that you will forgive me when you read the long version of it, here. We can, of course, expect at least one more absence for a week or so in October, but that will be a good thing: my daughter’s birth!

In the coming days, I will be reading and catching up on what has been going on in the blogosphere while I was in the hospital. Also, I will be job hunting. Hopefully, I’ll return to blogging by Tuesday or Wednesday.

I hope everyone has fun at their Labor Day BBQs, or whatever.

On a side note, my brother-in-law, Nate, has an entry with the multi-faceted problem of our place in this universe that I thought my readers might enjoy while waiting for an entry from me. It sums up the two problems that we have been discussing here over the previous week: absolute truth and doctrinal disputes among Christians.