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The Lidless Blog and the Absent Legions

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To blog or not to blog?

Hamlet lives in each of us, or is that where we all live?

It matters not. What matters is that, in order to blog, one must necessarily not blog elsewhere. Or, so the Timekeeper seems to dictate. So, for the day, for the moment, I blog my way across this point in the time-space continuum.

In all honesty, I feel a bit lidless. Thus, the Lidless Blog is born, and in mid-blog, no less.

As I tinker away at the front cover of issue # 3 of Suspense & Decision magazine, I find myself lingering in thought about the absence of presence of Middle-earth players within the pages of this PBM Magazine for the 21st Century, as it bills itself. Or, is that me doing the billing?

No matter.

In issue # 1, I made a comment in passing about Middle-earth PBM, wherein I said, "Along with Middle-earth PBM and Galaxy: Alpha, Hyborian War is a play-by-mail game that helped to mold my views on the postal genre of gaming. Those are three crown jewels of the genre against which I measure all other comers to the hobby." But, that was a comment which harkened back to the game, when it was run by GSI.

The magazine welcomes news views, new takes, new perspectives on the game. Yet, the voices are silent. Much irony is there in the fact that the Mouth of Sauron rose to prominent fame within the setting of Middle-earth, even whilst the very game that emanated from that setting gives rise to such silence on the part of its fan base.

Issue # 3 is just around the proverbial bend. It's not that far away. It really isn't. Why, it will be here, before hobbits and men and dwarves and elves, alike, know it.

Whether the ancestral descendant of Middle-earth PBM, the game fought in the electronic medium, will find its voice within the pages of this still-fairly-recent digital publication or not remains to be seen. Perhaps this new Age, this new Era, is to be one in which silence, itself, reigns supreme.

They say that silence is golden. Isn't that what they say?

It was once said that, "Why must you speak your thoughts? Silence, if fair words stick in your throat, would serve all our ends better.

So, perhaps silence isn't such a bad thing, after all. But, then again, perhaps whether it is a good thing or a bad thing depends upon context.

And in the context of gathering interest and growing it, which better serves that purpose, I wonder?

As of this moment in time, no articles of any type pertaining to Middle-earth Play-by-Mail have been submitted for inclusion into issue # 3 of Suspense & Decision magazine. For better or for worse, that remains the case, as I bring this blog posting to a close.
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