The Smoldering Wizard

Old-school Roleplaying

Swords & Wizardry Forum and Blog Comments

January 03, 2019 — Doug

The Swords & Wizardry forum I created over two years ago has been a bit light on activity lately. This is partly my fault for not posting there more, but it also may be a reflection of the Swords & Wizardry community itself, which has coalesced around other venues, including G+ (and now MeWe) and Eric Tenkar's blog and associated media outlets. No sour grapes, I created the forum for the Swords & Wizardry community and would love for it to be used, but I don't think it's in the cards.

That said I have no plans to take down the forum, but I am morphing it into something a bit more general, a place for OSR games discussion and play-by-post. But I also have another motive. With the move to the new blog, which has no native commenting facilities, I'd like to experiment with using the forum to have more in-depth discussion of posts. So there will be a sub-forum just for this blog. In my opinion forums are a much better place to discuss gaming than blogs, or Facebook, or MeWe. For me and a lot of other privacy-conscious users, blog commenting seldom works due to our use of ad and third-party content blockers. Social media like MeWe is convenient but is a walled-garden - even in "public" communities, content is hidden from non-members and not searchable by the greater internet.

The forum, on the other hand, is open for anyone to read. To take part in discussions you just have to register once. It's secured with https, and it has a mobile interface, and it's searchable. I also administer the forum, meaning it will be around as long as I am, and even after that, it will at least readable at archive.org. The registration method I use has been very effective at preventing spam posts - I have not had a single spam post since I switched to that system two years ago.

I'd also like to offer the following to OSR blog authors who don't want to deal with comment spam - I can give you a sub-forum for your own blog that you moderate and curate discussion on. I would encourage other forum owners to do the same with their own forums. If you want a sub-forum of your own, let me know by email, or post to the forum.

Tags: forum, swords-wizardry, osr, blog, social-media, meta

Welcome!

January 03, 2019 — Doug

Welcome to the New Year and the new blog! After a few years with wordpress I felt I needed something a bit lighter and easier to update. Bashblog certainly fits that bill! At some point this year, there will be a domain-name switch and the old blog will using the free wordpress hosting (smolderingwizard.wordpress.com). No links will be broken, however, when the switch happens, all the old smolderingwizard.com URLs will redirect properly, and new content will still be posted here.

Tags: welcome, blog, meta