Strange portents and omens! First this floated to the top of my Inoreader feed, like a visage from the past surfacing in a moonlit pool.
Then, like bird entrails spilling across a digital marble altar first this arrived in my inbox.
And a third sign, this mysterious map.
As if this were not enough, an ominous pair of posts appeared at Patrick Stuart's False Machine blog, like inverted trumps of some unknown tarot thrown upon a black velvet cloth. Today, this strange menagerie of images appeared, along with the hint that he was working on a dungeon in connection with his eclipse knights, probably my favorite of Patrick's fever dreamed worlds, delirious fruit of his potent fancy.
This post was preceded by another enigmatic post, referring to "The Convent of the Crawling Nuns" and suggesting that mysterious white knights had found their way beyond the veil of sleep to Zyan, serving as extraordinary mercenaries and prison keepers.
I will now draw on my haruspicy to interpret these omens. Let those who rely on my prognostications bear responsibility for their trust in dubious occultation.
The meaning of the first sign is this. After an 8 year blogging hiatus, James Maliszewski has posted again on Grognardia. James' blog was crucial in getting me back into the hobby after a decade long break with ttrpgs. It put me onto Jack Vance, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and many others, and got me in touch with early roleplaying oddball masterpieces like Empire of the Petal Throne, and Jorune. It also put me onto styles of play that informed the last six years or so of my gaming. He is non-committal about picking up blogging again. I hope he will, but only if it brings him joy.