Thursday, December 11, 2008

Superior Scribbler, Me?

Thanks to Matt Conway and Mike Curtis for presenting Ye Auld Grog 'n Blog with a pair of Superior Scribbler Awards. I can now proudly display the image below in my humble virtual abode here in the grand old blogosphere. What began on a whim, essentially as a meeting place for my D&D players to reminisce, has grown into my own personal corner of the constantly growing gaming niche exemplified by the many links in my Blogroll to the right hand side of this page.

It's interesting seeing how this award is growing like a mushroom cloud through our tiny section of the internet. I am flattered and wish to extend my thanks to both Matt and Mike for thinking of this web log when the time came for them to choose five fellow bloggers whom they felt worthy of such recognition, so Thank You!

From Matthew Conway at The Dwarf and the Basilisk had this to say:

"Sham’s Grog ‘n Blog - If he doesn’t already have one or three. In between posting videos of old Ramones tunes, telling his life story, and rigging Blog-O-Bet polls so that D4’s come out dead last, Sham very occasionally talks about the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. A splendid time is guaranteed for all."

From Mike Curtis at The Society of Torch, Pole and Rope had this to say:

"Sham’s Grog ‘n Blog: I know for sure that Sham a.k.a. Dave Bowman has been chosen this round, but I can’t emphasize enough how much I enjoy his blog. His various treatises on OD&D are enough to make even the staunchest 3.5 or 4th edition player rethink his choice of edition, and almost completely swayed me to drop AD&D for OD&D."

Acceptance of the Superior Scribbler leaves me in a bit of a quandary, though. Many of the exemplary web logs I visit have already received the award. Furthermore, by selecting five candidates, I will invariably leave someone else deserving of said award off of my list. I feel that each blog I have linked in my Blogroll is worth reading and following, and this award is a nice way to recognize them in a style that transcends a plain old Blogroll, so I'll play along and add to the expanding reach of The Superior Scribbler!

So, using my far from perfect selection method, I shall nominate the following five web logs which, to the best of my knowledge have not yet been chosen. At the rate this thing is growing, they may have been selected before I finish typing this. If you aren't already following the blogs linked, you certainly should be.

James Mishler of Adventures in Gaming: James is a Grognard’s Grognard. An old hand at RPG publishing, and a window back into the headier days of our hobby. As the man behind Adventure Games Publishing, James is a vital part of the old school genre many of us seek to promote and enjoy. Hats Off to Mr. Mishler and his blog.

Badelaire of Tankards & Broadswords: Badelaire is an accomplished web log author, and Tankards & Broadswords is one of my favorites to visit on a regular basis. To quote his own blog: “…it's not about the "Old School", and it's not about the "New School" - it's all about having Fun Adventures…” And Badelaire certainly follows his own advice. I’ve taken his advice to heart, and if it’s not fun, why bother? Go have some fun and check out T&B.

Ben Robbins of Ars Ludi/Lame Mage: Ben has been posting to his excellent web log for years, and it is chock full of insightful ideas and musings. Clearly Mr. Robbins is an accomplished GM, and it shows in the knowledge he shares at his Lame Mage blog. Of particular note is the ‘Posts by Category’ tool. There’s useful stuff for fans of any RPG.

Dan Collins of Delta’s D&D Hotspot: I’d be remiss if I didn’t include Dan’s web log, aka D&D Hotspot. Mr. Collins is just brimming with novel game ideas, methods and unique approaches to D&D mechanics. In fact, this is one of the two blogs that inspired me to begin my own. Although it’s not updated as often as I’d like (simply because I enjoy reading all of Dan’s posts there), I consider this one of the most deserving blogs on my list of regular stops.

Bret Smith of The Grumblin’ Grognard: A relative new-comer to the blogosphere, Bret is laying the foundation of what I believe is a very promising addition to the old school web log circle. From what I’ve read and enjoyed thus far, this guy gets it. Keep up the great work, Bret!

I'd like to add more, but these are my five selections for the Superior Scribbler Award. Congratulations to winners past, present and future!

And now for the small print:

Acceptance of the award entails listing the following rules in order to promote the growth of The Superior Scribbler, don't 'Kill the Messenger', winners!:

1. Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.

2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to
this post, which explains The Award.

4. Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit
this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List (scroll down). That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!

5. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

~Sham, Quixotic Referee


Sham aka Dave said...

Winners, I intended to email all of you, but not all of the blogs contain such information. I shall comment at the most recent post on your blogs with a link to this post. So, here's the message I was going to email.


I’ve chosen your web log to receive a Superior Scribbler Award. While I am not normally a fan of this type of chain-letter tool, I do feel that the award is a great way to introduce others to blogs I enjoy which they might not follow. I will not be disappointed if you choose to turn down the award. Whatever you decide to do, know that I follow and enjoy the posts you write and will continue to do so.


Dave Bowman aka Sham"

So there ya go.

Mr Baron said...


Thanks for the kind words on your blog. This is greatly appreciated!


Jack Badelaire said...

Dave -

Like I said over at LotFP, thanks again for giving me the shout-out. Since my little column is, at best, a collection of pretty random day in the life gaming blather, it's nice to see that people do read and appreciate it.

Keep up the good work yourself over here at the G-an'-B. This cover-to-cover thing is totally epic.

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