September 15, 2013: Where Old Games Go To Live
Lenny pointed me toward this Escapist article, and boy, howdy! is this thing awesome! PlaGMaDA, which is perhaps the best acronym ever concieved by human beings, is a living archive of old RPG material. I'm not talking about actual published games here; those things are already out there. What PlaGMaDA (Play Generated Map and Document Archive, in case you were curious) seeks to do is compile as many play-generated artifacts (maps, character sheets, and so forth) from peoples' home games as possible, and to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
As someone who plays RPGs, I find this pretty awesome. I've got piles of old play documents in my closet at home and I've thrown away piles more to make room for . . . well, for other stuff that clutters my closet. I'm sure you're in a similar situation if you play RPGs at all. That there's a place to send these things, where they can live on as a record of games past, is amazing. Timothy Hutchings, the man behind PlaGMaDA (I dare you to say it without grinning) has done something really special here.
-- Brian Engard
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