Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hello world!

So, what's a Servitor Ludi, and why should you care?

This blog is intended to be a place where I can post about two of my game-related interests:

First, I'm developing an "old school" fantasy role-playing game (yes, sort of like Dungeons & Dragons), and this blog will be used to post about my progress, point to places where the game can be obtained when it's finally done, and so on.  I haven't played a game like this for 20 years, but I've been inspired by the online "Old School Renaissance" that's going on right now to flex those creativity muscles once again!

Second, I've long been fascinated by Hermann Hesse's Glass Bead Game (from his 1943 Nobel Prize winning novel of the same name). Some brave souls over the last few decades have been working towards building real-life, playable versions of the GBG, and their insights into philosophy, spirituality, and the meaning of life have had a big effect on me.

Hesse's novel was subtitled Magister Ludi, which is Latin for "Master of the Game."  That's certainly not me, so I thought that an appropriate title for this blog would be "Servant of the Game" (in Latin, Servitor Ludi). I'm looking to stand on the shoulders of giants, here, not to wow everyone with my own awesomeness.

Soon, I'll try to create some introductory posts on these topics that will give more details about why I'm so interested in these weird and kooky things....

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