Monday, August 01, 2005

Welcome to Gone Gaming

For those of you who haven’t been there, I have a long list of boardgame blogs posted in the sidebar of my blog. I make a point to peruse all of them at least two times each week. Several of those blogs get updated a few times each week. Many of those blogs get updated several times each month, but most of those blogs will go for long periods of time without any new content at all.

All of that is fine, posting only when you have something to say is one of the hallmarks of blogging. But one day, as I was perusing the umpteenth game blog that hadn't been updated in a month, I said to myself, “Self, you can’t be the only one out there who would read a blog every day if it was updated every day.”

With that observation in mind I decided to ask some of my favorite writers if they would be interested in contributing to a boardgame blog that would be updated nearly every day. At the time my hope was to find one or two other people who could contribute weekly and possibly two or three others who could contribute occasionally or bi-weekly. If I could get that far, I figured we might later be able to draft some other writers.

When I sent out my first e-mail I would have been ecstatic if I had known there would be 3 other people who could contribute weekly. I expected to be ignored by most of the people I asked, but I was prepared for rejection. I expected to only get a few tepid, affirmative responses, again I was prepared for that.

Boy was I in for a surprise.

Seven out of eight people I initially contacted said yes, and five of them said they would contribute weekly. I was not prepared for that. I was stunned. I sent out my first two e-mails on Sunday. By Tuesday we were organizing. I can still hardly believe it.

Here it is one week and one day after I worked up enough nerve to ask some people if they were interested and the blog is up and running.

Who’d a thunk?

I hope you enjoy “Gone Gaming”. The goal is to keep it updated with good content every day. Don’t know if we will succeed or not, but I do know that we are going to try.

But enough babbling, here’s the line up:

Drum roll, please….

Blogger and game reviewer extraordinaire, Shannon Appelcline

Israeli blogger, game commentator and most recently game designer, Yehuda Berlinger

The gaming mom from America’s heartland, Mary Weisbeck (Sodaklady)

Game store owner and Gaming’s “Manly Man”, DW Tripp

Strategy guru and author of some of the most referenced game articles ever written, namely the Puerto Rico strategy guides, Alex Rockwell

The wargamer you either love or hate, but who will always leave you asking, “Did that make sense?” Robert Wesley (Grognads)

He doesn’t write a lot, but IMO he is the best game writer out there, Joe Gola

And, myself, the mildly-retarded blogger from Alaska.

Enjoy, and come back frequently or you will miss a lot.

Brian "Coldfoot" Waters
"Real Gamers Blog"

Here's the weekly schedule, post it on your refrigerator:

Monday..... DW Tripp
Tuesday.... Yehuda Berlinger
Wednesday.. Sodaklady
Thursday... Alex Rockwell
Friday..... Coldfoot
Saturday... Joe Gola/Shannon Appelcline*
Sunday..... Grognads

The schedule will be slightly different for the first week, but this is the schedule you can normally expect.

* Joe and Shannon will contribute on opposite weeks.


Melissa said...

Looking forward to reading this :)

Brett said...

I thought Steadman was the Manly Man! I'm really looking forward to this blog.

Kimbo said...

Great idea and I'm looking forward to regular updates. One thing though: where's the RSS link?

Mario Aguila said...

What about to enable the feed option in Blogger's Settings/Site Feed, to follow your articles from Bloglines, for instance?

ValJor said...

That's just fantastic!

Chris Brooks said...

The RSS feed URL (actually Atom) is:

They should include a link to this on the blog main page.


Rick said...

Koldie, Steadman's going to get you on his radio show for giving Trippy his "Manly Man" moniker! :)


Steadman said...

Yup.... Everyone wants to be like me!

fubar awol said...

As Brett said "Manly Man" is already taken.

For D.W., How about "Big Goat Hunter"?

Jasen said...

Great idea for a blog Coldfoot. Very much looking reading it.

Jeff Coon said...

Hey cool! I'm looking forward to it. I'll go find the RSS feed right now. :)

BTW, I'm a long-time gaming blog lurker, but just started up a blog for my own group. If anyone is interested, it's at

Alfred said...

I say DW Tripp and Joe Steadman arm wrestle for the title.

Sounds like good stuff!

DWTripp said...

Well, since Brian didn't check with me before assigning me Steadman's monicker I think he ought to arm wrestle Joe.

I've seen a picture of Joe.

He'd beat me in a physical contest. Which means either I take him down at a distance or send Koldfoot as my champion.

gamesgrandpa said...

You've got a great "staff" of writers. I'm really looking forward to checking in every day.

As you probably know from BGG, I can hardly resist commenting on things, so you may see my name on some thought at least once a week. Sorry about that.....

Warmfoot said...

Just a word of caution about gaming with Coldfoot.

Always make sure you see the Uno deck being shuffled.

-Warmfoot (Coldfoot's little brother) - world record holder for the most points in a single hand of Uno

footmom said...

ahhhh...I remember when Coldfoot taught Warmfoot the game of 52 pickup.

Jason Little said...

Great job, Koldfoot -- this is an excellent idea, and you've done a wonderful job so far. I check this out right after BGG in the morning.