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Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005, 01:10 pm
Journal Use

So, anyone want to give me advice on how I end up using this journal?

There are two reasons I'm asking, so even if you don't care much about one, feel free to pipe in with advice on the other.

First, I made a community called game_research and am going to begin pimping/posting at some point. But I'm wondering whether I want people to be able to get back to this journal from there. I'm already fairly liberal with my friends-locking because I don't want personal stuff floating around in a professional context. However, this is still a personal journal in which I do post things I wouldn't want active in my professional life. Should I lock all my entries friends-only? Should I create a new account with which to found game_research and participate in other professional communities? I would love some advice and/or ideas.

(The implication, by the way: please do not publicize or friend game_research just yet. I'll post here when it's ready to go live.)

Second, would people be interested in hearing more about Gloria Mundi, our long-running Roman epic? I've been considering writing about GM for a while for several reasons, but I'd like feedback as to whether anyone else would care. I'm also curious whether people would prefer a straight-up narrative of what happened, or if impressions and storytellers' notes would be more interesting. Finally, would people prefer that I lock these entries to keep my players out (I can talk more freely, but it'll be less fun for me and them), not post anything too sensitive, or combine the two?

Thanks, folks. I know I haven't had that much time to update recently (or maybe more accurately, I've had time but I've been doing so much writing that the last thing I want to do in my spare time is write more) but I do always come back to this thing, if only 'cause I love you all. :)

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)

I like your journal how it is. I would miss things if you had to edit stuff out. So I would create a new journal for professional context things. Which would be good because this would remain a place to rant.

On the second item, I prefer notes and observations to stories. :)

Me busy too.

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)

I would start a new account to attach the community to, just so you don't have to worry about friendslocking. I considered going back and locking things, and ended up saying 'Screw it,' and letting people find what they wanted.

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)

Creating a new account to base game_research off of is probably a good idea.

That's the end of my helpful advice. I'm going to proceed to be very unhelpful now. ^_^

I would love to hear more about Gloria Mundi. What would I like to hear about it? Both the narrative AND the impressions/notes. Why? Because one of the things I'm looking at is how the narratives of games are constructed retroactively, by polishing off the rougher edges and filling in gaps with information that wasn't known by individuals at the time. As for the locking state, well, I'm also curious to see what you would tell strangers that you wouldn't tell them -- but you'll probably hit me if I say I want you to post twice, once locked, once not, won't you? *^_^*

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)


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Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)

Hey, at least I admitted when I was going to stop being helpful . . . .

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)

I think it would be a good idea to have a seperate journal for professional-type activities. LJ clients are pretty good about letting you switch easily from one account to another.


I will friggin' chase AFTER you with a STICK.

Getting a general narrative down for it would probably be a good idea, whether you write it as prose or not. And dude, if you want that sucker illustrated, I am SO your personal slave. I will work for cookies. *ahem, maybe a graphic novel, ahem* ;-)

Also, we love you too. Semi-carnally. See ya tonight! *Wanders off, humming "Eric the Half-a-Bee"*

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)

I want all the Gloria Mundi stuff you can stand to type out. Session summaries, GM notes, system stuff, house rules, any of it. And QUOTES! Never forget that part.

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)

I have no opinion on your first issue. Perhaps I do not realize how it would affect me, if it would. Worry not!

Second issue: I think it would be great if you posted exhaustively about your impressions as to how things are going AND let us all read it.

I think the players are mature enough to be able to hear how you feel we are assisting in the creation of, as well as standing in the way of an enjoyable game.

Conversely, it would on some level bother me if you were writing about this stuff and we were not able to read it. I like to think your perspective on our games is used not solely but mainly to improve them, not just to improve your and others' uderstanding of games or how to run future ones well. I would hate to think in some corner of cyberspace is a list of things I do to derail session that no one is telling me about.

Sense? I think so.

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)

The only stuff that I wouldn't post to the players is plot secrets, other players' secrets, our secrets - general secret stuff, like where the story is going next and what color underwear Netikerti wears. Believe me, if you derail session, I'll tell you you're derailing session. :)

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
immaculatepizza: Oh, ok!

Well sure, I wouldn't have expected to be let in on that kinda stuff.

But to reiterate, I do think it would be very helpful to everyone to be able to read your feedback (I mean we do our best to give you ours every week, not that it's always very helpful) - I would be interested to know when you feel we're proceeding well, and when we're just barely holding together a coherent narrative.


Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)

Secret identities are cool :) Just because I've heard nightmare stories of people getting fired because their blogs were found by their bosses, that extra layer of protection is always helpful in protecting your digital rights (if such a thing exists anymore...). Incidentally, I'd very much like to observe game_research when it goes live. While I'm by no means able to contribute on a deep level, the insights could well be very interesting.

In the end, the balance between what you post in regards to Gloria Mundi is your decision. I found your gloria-mundi.net site very interesting and jealousy-inducing that I couldn't play myself (*sob*) and as someone who hasn't been able to write stories much less storytell for the better part of two years, I'd love to be nosy and poke inside the head of one of the most creative storytellers I've come into contact with.

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)

I'm only going to weigh in on the latter, and that is to say that I've been interested in Gloria Mundi since you guys started it, so yes, I would love to see posts about it! :)

Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)

I vote for a seperate professional account too. Why risk confusion/screw-ups/etc. btw. the two communities if you don't have to?

I'd like to read about Gloria Mundi as well.

Wed, Aug. 3rd, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)

Is it too late to weigh in? I enjoy reading whatever you write when I have the time, but what catches my interest most is what's going on in your life and what you're thinking about. So while I'll be entertained whenever you write about gaming, my heart catches more on life events (like kitties!). :)