“Then it has all been in vain, the Fellowship has failed… Not if we hold true to each other.” – Gimli and Aragorn, LotR
Hail to all those out there in the Geekery! I return from a long time absent with some bittersweet news. The RPG Academy Network, of which I was proudly a member, has disbanded after years of work in the community promoting gaming to the masses with information, fun, and creative works. It was certainly a grand experiment, one that I know forged a myriad of new friendships and helped highlight some truly creative producers of content. I look back fondly over the years I was actively involved and am ever thankful for the grace in which I remained under banner during the years I slipped away into a less involved state.
So what does this mean for the numerous podcasters, bloggers, and content creators involved? We shall carry on as we will, producing great stuff for our many followers. We will simply be doing so under our own steam for a time, though I imagine help will still be found from the friendships we have crafted if needed, it will just be a less sophisticated form of assistance. Every one of these groups can stand on their own merit, and I like to think that the Network played a good part in getting us there. We can keep that fire going easily enough though. Specifically related to our flagship group, The RPG Academy, they still plan to continue podcasting and AcadeCon is still a go!
I also want to stress that this is an amicable parting of the ways, frankly the stress and effort of running a Network is nothing to sneeze at and recently, with the growing needs of his own show(s), AcadeCon, and day to day life for that matter, I imagine our fearless leader Michael simply needed to step aside from the additional taxing work of managing a large Network of others. I can’t say I blame him. I certainly haven’t been very active of late on my own blog, let alone the Network.
If you are new to my site and find yourself wondering who I am referencing, check out my separate page now titled “Friends of MSG” where you can see a list of many of the talented folks I’m talking about. It was truly an honor to be a part of this ride. I want to thank Michael and Caleb for reaching out those many years back.
As for me? I’m hoping to get back into the swing of posting here. The break has been nice, and very much needed, but I enjoy what I do on this blog too much to simply walk away forever. Keep an eye out for future content, and remember the RPG Academy motto as you go about your gaming “If you’re having fun, you’re doing it right.” Truly some words to live by!