What’s Going On Here?
I guess I’m doing a blog.
See, it’s starting out as a way for me to report on the playtest group I’m running for the Dresden Files RPG. The thing is, I’m finding it kind of addicting.
I’m pretty much addicted to stories, in whatever format they come across my path. And I think about story. About what makes a good one, and what doesn’t. About why I like things. About what it is that catches or loses my interest. About why I like things that I know aren’t any good. About why I don’t like things that I know are good. It’s not that I only like crap and hate anything of quality; it’s just that what I like does not always mesh with what I think is good.
So, I’m going to talk about that on this blog, too. Not reviews, exactly – more mini-essays and rants about my opinions and the reasons behind them.
Poke around. Have a read. And, if you’re so inclined, leave me a comment.
That’s Fine, But Who Are You?
I’m Rick Neal.
I’m a technical writer at a small software company. I write technical manuals, training guides, bid responses, things like that.
I’m also a writer. I’ve written a number of game supplements for Unknown Armies and Dungeons & Dragons, and am currently trying to sell one novel and finish another. Every now and then, I pump out a piece of short fiction and try to figure out what to do with it.
I’m a big-time gamer. I’ve played a wide range of roleplaying games, board games, card games, and pretty much any other type of game. I’ve also designed a few.
But mainly, I’m a story addict. I think obsessively about story, about the structure of story, about the crafting of story, about the ways story works in different media, about the story behind story and the story within story…
I think you get the idea.
What Are We Going to See Here?
I don’t really know, yet. Still kinda new to this whole blog thing.
What you won’t see is a discussion of my mood, my day, my friends, my family, the people I work with, my love life or lack thereof, or really anything else personal. I find that basic life stuff is only interesting to those who are living it. So, if you’re the voyeuristic type that likes examining the lives of bloggers, you might as well move along.
Nothing to see here.