After the whirlwind month of April, I hope that my posting to the blog won't take too much of a nose-dive. Other arenas of life are demanding their fair share of time, too... To keep things lively, there are two community activities that I'm planning to do at the end of this month:
(1) Cephalopod Coffeehouse
The esteemed Armchair Squid is hosting an online book club, in which each participant can choose their own favorite book (which was read during the current month) and post a review of it on the last day of the month. I just started reading the new book by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander, Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking. It's kind of a beast, though -- 592 pages chock full of philosophy and linguistics. I hope to have it finished by the end of the month! It looks fantastic, and it may end up being useful "glass bead game research" for me, too.
(2) Obscure RPG Appreciation Day
Hosted by the enigmatic Catacomb Librarian, this old-school role-playing game celebration aims to shine a light on the lesser-known, and hopefully not yet completely forgotten, games that often don't get their due in the shadow of their more famous older brother, Dungeons & Dragons.
The aim is to post a review (or rant, or some other related material) about a fantasy-themed RPG published between 1975 and 1989, on May 30. That's just one day prior to Squid's book club deadline, so I hope to have this one 'in the can' a bit sooner than that. I've identified my game, but won't be revealing its identity until the day of the post. :-)