The Great Retreat Northward

As is my custom at this time of year, I’ve returned home to Minnesota for Christmas. I’ve lived most of my life in the land of 10,000 icy ponds, so I’m not stranger to winter. However, after living 2+ years in the never-changing clime of San Diego, the question must be asked: Has Moorgard become a wimpy warm-weather California boy?

Hell yes. It’s freakin’ cold here!

In fact, the title of this piece refers not to my journey home for the holidays, but rather the retreat up inside my body that my manparts make when stepping outside and being blasted by that freezing Minnesota air. I can hear the cries of betrayal from my cold-shocked boys louder than any disgruntled enchanter or bitter froglok fan. “How could you do this to us?”

Testicles, consider this article my heartfelt apology.

Aside from the frightening biological reaction, it is nice to see a little snow at Christmas. A couple weeks of the white stuff will give me my fill for the year, and then I get to return to sun and sandy beaches. Not that I spend much time at the beach, mind you, but it’s nice to know they’re there.

In addition to spending time with my family and stuffing myself with my sister’s unbeatable candycane cookies, I get to see my old friends Kohath and Csenicier. Today we will be hitting our regular pizza place for lunch, discussing the current state of the Vikings and other pertinent topics. Should be fun.

You may have noticed that this site was recently outed on Aggro Me’s page. That blogging bastard is taking delight in my admission of blogdom. Aggro, the consumate blogophile, never fails to revel in his blogomania. Well, blogboy, you may have won the blogbattle, but I shall win the blogwar.

Actually, it’s not the blogging itself that I am against (absurd terminology aside), but rather the incestuous kettle of interbreeding that has arisen from this phenomenon. Back in the days of LtM and even at the start of Mobhunter, we dug around for our own stuff to talk about. Sure we linked to relevant sites and articles, but we mostly came up with our own things to rant about.

Nowadays there are a handful of people bringing up original discussions and dozens of others linking to those ideas and responding with their own opinions. I mean, you read an essay on Raph Koster’s site and half the responses are generated links to somebody else’s blog where they posted their own demi-article based on their response to the original piece.

Don’t get me wrong; sometimes it works. The recent multi-faceted discussion on instancing in which Brad McQuaid, Koster, and Lum all weighed in is an excellent example of how interesting it can be when good writers can feed off each other and offer a fresh opinion. But it seems to me that such exchanges are the exception rather than the rule.

So while I will inevitably read something posted elsewhere and provide my own opinion on a given philosophy or idea, what I won’t be doing with this site is turning it into a festival of trackbacks where I try to gain readership by hijacking someone else’s article.

Maybe this is just the part of blogging that I don’t get. It’s not like most people can come up with a full article of original content every day, which begs the question of whether most people should be writing daily blogs in the first place. But I leave open the possibility that I’m an archaic fuddy-duddy who Just Doesn’t Get It. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am–not that anyone’s ever been shy about doing that.

You can even use a trackback to your own much-cooler blog if you like.

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Steve Danuser, also known as Moorgard, is a a writer, editor, and game designer.

6 thoughts on “The Great Retreat Northward”

  1. I actually have experience with this in the reverse. My first duty station was in up-state Michigan, land of the negative degree weather. Upon returning home to Oklahoma for my first Christmas you can imagine my families surprise when they greet me at my car, with the windows down and me wearing a short sleeve shirt and complaining it’s too warm. Oh, did I mention that it was 38deg’s out. Great site Moorgard, looking forward to seeing more.


  2. Been to Minnesota and your right the boys cry when you go out in that weather.

    As for blogging I love to read so blog away or what ever it is you young folk want to call it. I just call it good reading and some times bad reading but it’s reading to me, Heck any stuff that is well writen is good to read and you seem to be a good writer so do your thing as ofen as you like.

  3. Aye, I’m freezing my arse off here in Minnesota as well, and I still live here. So, I’m with you on that one. Although, I’ll say that I think the increasing wimp factor in dealing with cold is related to age as much as moving to San Diego, at least I’m finding that to be true. Despite living 5 hours further south than I used to (and despite global warming, heheh), I find myself faces the chills more and more each winter.

    And now, regarding the cross-blogging, re-blogging, incestous-blogging comments you made: While I have long enjoyed and think the material presented there is great, I am always always left wanting more with no (good) links to click. I often find myself wondering why a site which gets so much attention finds it appropriate to deny all other bloggers of similar style and motivation by not linking to them, by not engaging in cross-talk, and by generally pretending the rest of the net doesn’t exist (with the exception of caster’s realm.)

    You, as an active internet denzien and MMOG employee, should be aware more than anyone that the internet is all about the communication, the cross-talk, the never ending and forever re-spawning conversations. It is a community, it is a forum for discussion, it is an evolution of ideas/rants/garbage/friendships/voices, just like the MMOs we’re talking about. I largely suspect that you and I are of the same generation (probably same graduating class) and yet in this one area you have surprised me, you may indeed have a little “archaic fuddy-duddy who Just Doesn’t Get It” shining through the cracks in that freshly frozen Minnesota pelt of yours – but this the first time I’ve noticed it.

    Sincerely and Respectfully,
    The Prognosticator

  4. It’s not like most people can come up with a full article of original content every day, which begs the question of whether most people should be writing daily blogs in the first place.

    Yeah, I have to admit I didn’t know this was a requirement for bloging.

    I like reading “demi-articles” as much as I like reading the “originating” articles. I think most people can tell who the good writers are, but I enjoy reading the bad responses just as much. I guess if I wanted to only read the good stuff I would read only print.

    In the end it is up to the reader (or listeners in some cases :) ) to discern who really knows what they are talking about and who doesn’t. There are a lot of people out there though who don’t profess to be PhDs in things they write about, just hobbyists with thin opinions/ideas that sit on top of the hardcore deliberation that experts discuss. I personally enjoy reading those people also. (In saying that, a lot of it is shit).

  5. First off, love the move you made to the blog world, off the forums. Gives a little breathing room about what you can write, which is always nice. =)

    As for entering the blog’o’sphere, welcome. I find I enjoy it quite immensely, nice way to get the thoughts out there, and nice way to remove some anger when you are feeling it. Also a very wonderful way to meet new virtual people that share your interests. (pssst, it’s also really awesome when you are bored at work, and have nothing to do. kinda like reading the flame forums, love it)

    Anyways, wonderful site Moorgard. And again, welcome to the blog world.

  6. I write my own stuff everyday, I just can’t write worth a damn though I’m learning. I just do it becuase it’s better then punching a wall when I get aggrivated, Which seems to happen alot.

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