Monday, March 21, 2016

A to Z Blog Challenge 2016 Theme Reveal - Participation Asked!

It's that time of year again!  Time for the Blogging A to Z challenge.

Today is the big reveal of what your theme will be.

I have done a theme most years of the Challenge and will be doing one again this year.  I find a theme really helps focus what I want to do and gives me the chance to go into a topic very in depth.

For 2015 it was Vampires
For 2014 it was Witches
For 2013 is was Demons
and for 2012 it was RPGs.

This year I want to do something to keep my regular audience engaged and coming back and also to share this wonderful hobby with others.

So for 2016 the theme is Adventure!
(yes I am including the exclamation mark).

For the month of April I want to dive into some classic, some new and some odd adventures.  I want to focus on ones people can also still get.  I will talk about my experiences with them and get some tidbits that others can use.

Since my kids have been old enough to play I have been taking them through the classic TSR adventure modules.  Part of it is nostalgia on my part, I won't lie, but it is also more than that.

I have said before that these adventures give us all a shared story in this community of gamers.  My sons can and have talked to complete strangers before based on this shared experience alone.  Over the years at Gen Con I have run S4, B1, Ravenloft and Bone Hill with my kids and we have had tons of people come by to see what we are doing.   It has been a great experience for us all.

I also enjoy it because now at a much older age I can appreciate these adventures on a completely new level.  Sure I can make (and have made) my own.  But that's not what this is all about. I don't need to prove to myself or anyone that I can write an adventure; I did plenty of that over the years.
This is about nothing more than fun and a shared story.

For this Challenge I think I will focus my attentions on the adventures that have appeared in the Dungeon Magazine's 30 Greatest Adventures of All Time.

I am also going to feature adventures from the games I have been playing with my kids.

So for my regular audience, please stick around all month and see what I have to say.

How did you survive the Caves of Chaos?  How did you die in Temple of Elemental Evil or the Tomb of Horrors?  Who did you see along the way? Aleena? Eclavdra? Mordenkainen?

For my new and returning A to Z visitors. Please read these tales and hopefully you will get some more insight to this weird but fun hobby we have.   Adventures are like stories.  But here the stories and the characters take a life of their own.

I hope to see you all here.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

We gamed a lot when we were younger so I'll have to see how many I recognize.

JazzFeathers said...

There has been a time where I would play by email with friends all over the world. Good old days! :-)
This is an exciting theme.

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Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. said...

Good to visit your site as a part of my A to Z visits and know your theme adventures.
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Indywrites said...

I have no idea about these games, never played. All I play on my phone is the occasional word game. My kid is a big fan though. All the best for the challenge.

Unknown said...

Interesting and unique theme! Don't know much about these games but hopefully I'll learn something new! Looking forward! All the best,

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Yess! I love this :) I am curious what war stories people will share! I have not played many pre-written adventures during my gaming career, so I am also curious to hear more about the classics :)

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
The Multicolored Diary

Jean Davis said...

Sounds interesting. I have you on my April check in list! :)

SpacerGuy said...

Yes, A to Z is just around the corner! Didn't time fly! Its going to be awesome.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a whole lot of great fun!

Stephen Tremp said...

Adventure! With an exclamation point. good luck with everything and I look forward to stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Is it going to be Legend-wait for it- Dary?? (Yes, the hubbs has been on a How I Met Your Mother kick lately lol

Stephanie Faris said...

You definitely pick some good themes each year. Can't wait to read all of these great themes I'm reading about today!

Michelle Wallace said...

A fun and interactive theme, where visitors can play along, always works best!

Anonymous said...

Ooo this sounds exciting! I look forward to reading.

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Good luck with the theme this year - I always enjoy your posts. See you in April for Adventure! :)
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That will be cool! I've played hundreds of modules and made many of my own.

Pun Isaac said...

I really like your theme this year Tim, though asking gamers to speak, that's like opening Pandora's Box. ;)

Nilanjana Bose said...

Cool theme, and one with a wide appeal. Best of luck with the challenge

Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016

Unknown said...

Interesting theme...Good luck:-)

J Lenni Dorner said...

J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
Excellent choice for an A to Z challenge theme. Good job. My theme is the craft of fiction writing. Tips, lessons, and prompts from various writing reference books. I follow it up with a sample of my work.
Your theme has me geeking out over here. <3 it!
April should be exciting. I'm looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
My blog has a giveaway. There's a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.