Monday, November 09, 2015

The End Draweth Nigh

Greetings dear friends!  Back in September, I mentioned I had an exciting announcement to make about Socratic Design.  Here it is: my work here is just about finished!

The time has come for me to finally close down this blog.  I’ve been writing here for almost 10 years.  If all goes according to plan, SD will have had 10 years of life before I finally pull the plug. 

My life has changed a lot since I started this blog back in 2005.  At the time, I was single and very young.  I was playing RPGs regularly once or twice a week. I had a very solid core of fellow gamers who all shared a creative vision for each session.  However, as so many of you no doubt have experienced, life changes.  Everyone who was in my play group moved away or drifted away.  We got old, got married, and got jobs. While many can balance game-life and real-life, we came to realize that we no longer wanted to make the sacrifices necessary to do that.  And I personally, found other hobbies.

As a result, I am no longer playing tabletop RPGs, let along designing or even thinking about them.  If you aren’t playing RPGs, you can’t intelligently talk about them.  I have no wish to push off naval-gazing as practical advice, so I cannot continue Socratic Design in good conscience.

So where’s what I’m going to do: There will be one more Anthology then I will compile all my posts for a second Topical Index.  When I have that finished some time in December, I’ll post it as a final reference guide for Socratic Design.  I will not be deleting this blog, it will stay as a reference to anyone looking for answers to questions about RPG design.  I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished here, but it’s just time for me to move on.

I am writing for another website now.  If you’re interested, you can follow my exploits on eXplorminate.  I’d love to see you there.

Anyhow, this is pretty much the end for Socratic Design.  For those who’ve followed me or read my articles, thank you so much for being a part of my life.  I treasure each and every one of you.