A Statement of Mission
So, what’s the deal with this little spot on the internet?
It may seem merely the blog of a curmudgeonly game designer who you probably never heard of who lost his job in the last round of layoffs. I can see how you can get that impression, but it’s just our cover.
It’s our mission to subtly, sometimes subliminally, undermine the current RPG assumptions and create an army of NeoGrognards. Soon this revolution’s foot soldiers will be unleashed to wreak their geekish curiosity on the unsuspecting world. They’ll study the past of RPGs and boldly imagine their future. How will we create this army? By repetition, the most insidious of indoctrination.
Each week we will look at the past, present, and future of some aspect of RPGs. Sometimes the discussion will start obscurely. Sometimes you may think it will end obscurely, but that’s why you leave comments. There is just one rule: don’t be a jackass. And no, we are not going to define jackass. If you insist upon a definition, you’re being a jackass.
Attacking ideas? Well that’s game. Using shitty language? As long as you’re not using it as punctuation. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It just loses something on the Web. Just be articulate and civil enough…or at least make the attempt earnestly. We have no grandmothers over our shoulders watching this little spot as we type. Grandmothers just don’t come here…yet. And when they do, they will be NeoGrognards, so it will not matter.
On the other side of the coin, have a backbone. When someone disagrees with your views or your argument, don’t take it personally. It’s okay to be challenged. We know it can hurt, especially when you’re bested. That sting is pride. Let it go. This is the way of the NeoGrognard.
Oh, and that goes for everyone. No one represents anything here other than their own desire to be part of the movement. Feel free to argue your beliefs or argue for the sport of it, but be as sincere as you can in your argumentation and its motivations, and find the wisdom to realize when the argument is over or has become pedantic.
Opinion and its conflict is not the only thing offered by the NeoGrognard. For proper debate, one needs to be well informed. With an eye toward the future of RPGs, we have created a library that you can search, add to, and comment on. Our first database is for RPG digital tools and resources. As our revolution takes hold, more tools will follow, you can see we are making an analog tool and resource database, and one for shows and events. One of our secret goals is to construct a number of tools useful enough that even backward thinkers are tempted to visit NeoGrognard. Then our trap is sprung!
We are also interested in the news of NeoGrognard RPG gaming. We stream this news on the sidebar, and through Twitter and Facebook. Often the news we stream to you will be relevant to the conversations presented here.
Game products? NeoGrognard may have some aspirations toward that end. We are looking at some possibilities. We want to make good tools for RPGs that people like. We want to be driven by the product and its strengths not a release schedule. We also want to make products that live up to the NeoGrognard goals—products inspired by RPG’s pasts while pushing forward their future. We serve the revolution.
Yes, we know we will never get rich. Base materialism is not the goal of the revolution. The goal is toward the progress of RPGs.
Lastly, the “we” of Neogrognard is not a royal we. While I’m often the voice of Neogrognard…and maybe even its black little heart…we have a roll of revolutionaries, each adding their expertise to our fight. We hope this roll will increase in the coming weeks, months, and years, maybe your name will grace our list. We hope so.
Vive la revolution!