A year upon us

You and me, Hulk. You and me.

I can’t complain. When it comes to doing a thing, I’m pretty good at it. Even when it turns out I can’t, I’m pretty good at admitting it. I even have no trouble with finding the things, as they get into my head like funky science fiction worms and refuse to stop clawing me from in there until I do them. I co-own a house in Sweden now and I’m a permanent resident of the country, and as of two days from now, Adept Play is a real Swedish business. I am typing this on a scary and embarrassing new computer with a sleek gamer exterior and red light gleaming up through the keyboard, which I am assured is the right thing for all the film editing I want to do. Have conference microphone, camera, tripod, external webcam, spiff carrying cases – will travel.

People get in touch with me to do things too, and I have a plateful thereof at the moment. Some game design, some publicity, some writing gigs, some good work.

So will it turn into money and paper? I sure hope so. I’m not very good with that stuff, not in hustling business terms. Good product, lousy promotion – what they tell you not to do in biz school. Click on the Patreon if you haven’t already, to see more about what I’m doing and how maybe this time I can swing it.

But hey, life isn’t all business, and this is a holiday post! I like a good party. If you’re doing any of that in the next day or so, take a moment to join me with this:

It’s a good time to look at the purpose and direction of the blog, too. Clearly I can’t keep up the pace I established a couple of years ago, not with a new business to run and upwards of four-five role-playing sessions to organize, play, record, and debrief per week. But I like doing it, and it’s helping me think. I still think there’s a good book somehow rough-drafted through the course of the posts, and I have two or three organizational schemes worked out. Whether that can be part of Adept Play or not, I don’t know. If so, then it’ll become a project.

You know what would really help? A little retrospective reading from you. Grab four-five posts that you think make a good read together, and tell me why.

Next: The whites, part 3 – I’ve been working hard on this – couldn’t get it done for the end of December, but not for lack of content. I keep revising it into what I really mean, and I gave up saying “Damn, son,” after the first couple rounds.


About Ron Edwards

Game author, publisher, consultant, teacher

Posted on December 31, 2017, in Holiday. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’ll add to this as they come to me.

    – Fascism discussion, obviously. Needs to be a book.
    – The Whites Part
    -Ollie Ollie Oxen Free
    – probably Two Villains

    A literary grabbing of America by the lapels and screaming in its face “wake the fuck up.”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Santiago Verón

    This one is what finally convinced me that it was valuable to consider art in the light of politics. (I had been told that several times before in my life, but I can be really stubborn.) More specifically, I guess it proves the point of the value of looking at American superhero comic books in relation to their historical context. Even more, it shows how in the comics there are traces of the “real” history, the one that’s been swept under the rug. So you might not know about the CIA selling cocaine in US soil, but then you’re shown the pointers in the more familiar Suicide Squad.




    (I’m feeling an interesting self-censoring effect that prevents me from including Today Is For Taboo II & III. I’m thinking about my Jewish friends, and especially about my gay friends who love X-Men. I feel like this sequence is what I’d give to them, or anyone, in order to get them interested in the blog, but excising II & III because I worry it would turn them off. I have no idea whether any of this makes sense in respect to reality – thus I add this note, which might be saying more about me than about my friends or the blog.)




    Liked by 1 person

    • I’m glad these had that effect. If there’s any truth to the uncomfortable claims regarding generational identities, it seems to lie in younger people’s curious skepticism – I’d call it a delusion – that “politics” is a separate or even unwanted entity that interferes with otherwise entertaining or valuable material, and that “historical context” is restricted to weasel-wording to excuse vile content.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Santiago Verón

    And I could add this one, “The Not So Secret Cabal”, to either or both: It’s about politics, storytelling and “secret history”. Where the “official history” says there was a vigilante trend in the 80s, this article points both at the significant historical context of the time (which I guess appears more in the other articles of the “Vigilantes” sequence) and the reality of how stories get made. To me it was really, really, really interesting to learn that all that impact was made by this five-or-so people. I think that alone tells us a lot about how writing works, how the industry works, what happens with cultural context, etcetera. There’s something more I’d like to add but I can’t put it into words now. It’s like this “cabal” would make an excellent case study for pretty much all the original perspectives you bring into this blog – like you could construct something around this that shows off all your tools. I can’t seem to say it right – one could make a YouTube video, or a book, that follows the concept of 80s vigilante from conception to – let’s say perception?, starting with the cultural context, then these guys writing this stuff, then the “reactions” of the “public” and the “market”, then the patina of “official history” superimposed over it after the fact. It’s like the antidote to “zeitgeist” thinking. (With also none of the “genius creator” bullshit.)


    Liked by 1 person

    • Santiago Verón

      Oh, this is the comment that will appear first?! Alright, what I guess happened is that I filled the other two with links. I hope they appear in your WordPress “notification console” or whatever.


    • That’s an interesting observation because it may be the intellectual throughline for Vigil as a publication, or an article or some kind of publication that’s tied to Vigil as an activity.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Adept Play

Adept Play


Real Comics History

Todd's Blog

Todd Klein on lettering, literature and more

%d bloggers like this: