December Update: Adventure Rules Update 1.5

Hey, Adventure Rules fans! It has been far too long since I posted, but allow me to assure that things have been CRAZY. Some stuff that’s been going on, I may talk about in a future post (My First Real-Life Yada Yada). But some stuff I will talk about right now.

First of all, the blog’s schedule will not normalize in December. I’m still working 50-60 hours a week, my priority is still spending time with my family when I’m not at work. So while I would love to get the posting schedule back to normal this month, it’s just not going to happen. For those of you who are disappointed, I am truly sorry.

This means that special segments like Fanfic Friday and Tabletop Tuesday will also be on hold. Just like last month, Tabletop Tuesday probably will happen from time to time. But as for the fiction segments on the blog, they’ll still be on hiatus until the first of the year.

Now just because I am posting less often in December doesn’t mean I do not have plans. I do have plans, and I will discuss some of those plans right now.

First of all, I’m finally ready to get my review segment up and running. This segment will be titled Totally Subjective Reviews. Why this title? You see, most reviewers go with a numerical system to give you a vague idea of how highly they would rate the game (or film, or whatever) in comparison to others. But these numbers often mean different things to different reviewers, and can even mean different things to each individual reader of the review. Some people think of a perfect 10 as flawless, while others see it as a product with flaws overshadowed by its good points. Some people consider a 7 an average, underwhelming score, while others consider 7 a good score and only shun products ranked at 5 or 6. This attempt at objectivity is a farce, and I for one will not support it on my site. Which is to say, I’ll still assign points, but much like the points in Whose Line Is It Anyway, they are totally subjective. If you really want to know my opinion on something, read the words I type, not the little number at the end.

I’m also changing how I treat segments in general. You see, I’ve basically been calling every gimmick that may at some point be repeated a segment. I’ve quickly grown unattached to that approach and now I want to be more careful about what I label a segment. Specifically, a segment on Adventure Rules will now be something that can be counted on to appear on a regular basis. Once every two months or so just doesn’t cut it anymore. There’ll be some changes to my About This Blog page to represent that, so if you want to check that out at some point feel free.

Next, I’m announcing a cancellation. That cancellation is of the fiction story Monster Fighting League. I’m canceling the series because of the poor timing. Two episodes were posted, then no episodes for months at a time…I don’t want to try to reboot and I just feel like pulling the trigger now is the best option. At this point I will say that I have every intention of having original fiction on the site again starting in January. However, I cannot say what that will look like. I may focus on shorter works rather than committing to an ongoing long fiction on the site. Stay tuned for more details on that front.

Now there’s a mix of good news and bad news in this post. I want to say to those of you who have been following Adventure Rules from the beginning, please just keep sticking with me. January will be a turning point for the blog, and just because I won’t be posting on a set schedule in December does not mean that there will be no posts at all. So don’t write off Adventure Rules just yet – keep following the blog, because there are good things in store.

Some of you may have somehow stumbled on this post and it is the very first Adventure Rules exposure you’ve ever had. If that’s the case, I want to welcome you and I invite you to go to the Home page and check out some other content on the blog. I talk about video games, board games, card games, tabletop RPGs – all sorts of geeky hobbies are represented, and as a husband and father I spend some time on those topics as well. There’s a lot to like here and there will be more in the future, so please take the time to see what there is to see.

December is going to be another rough month for Adventure Rules, but I know that you all are loyal and supportive readers. This time of few posts and constant change is the awkward backstory, the time of difficulty and darkness just before we get our superpowers and go on some real adventures. So hang around a bit longer, and get ready. Because a new year is coming, and with it an adventure like we’ve not seen yet.

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