The alphabet "what inspires you" theme was so strong in our gaming blogs recently, and kudos to all who saw it to the end, it was a lot of fun to read all of the entries. However, it was quite a daunting task and one I didn't want to touch with a ten-foot pole, so I stayed well clear...until now!
Now "s" seems like a no-brainer for me, science fiction, plain and simple. I went with "spirit" however because it's all touchy-feeling, but really my inspirational "s" nuggets come in the form those blogs I regularly read that start with the letter "s". I make it a point to keep up with these for one reason or another, as detailed below.
Sons of Twilight: I'm not playing favorites, but there's a reason this one is at the top of the list, ahem. Sons of Twilight is a gaming blog through and through, but it's the obvious LEGO content liberally sprinkled throughout that really gets that soft spot in me. Plus, its author, Erichrome, is the kind of gamer that I highly suspect would be part sitting around the game table were he and I in the same zip code. He's got a heavy GW bent to the blog, but it's all the "step child" games, like epic Space Marine and lots and lots of Blood Bowl. Check out his collaborative work on the M42 Project as well.
Say; Hello Spaceman: This blog is great as its sole content is focus on space-suited sci-fi throughout film and television. If it was just a photo blog though it wouldn't make the cut it, ambitiously it is "an evolutionary timeline for how the design of the space suit has been altered and informed over the years", oh and there are some really cool photos to boot.
Sin City Dispatch: I'll be honest, the idea of a super-blog has crossed my mind more than once or twice, that's one of the seemingly endless reasons I brought my buddy Rucht on board. Well over at Sin City Dispatch they've done that very thing, with three authors no less and lots and lots of varied content. One of the things I enjoy most are the motivational posters, because frankly I have very little exposure to these anywhere else. Lots of great games, large and small, mainstream and indie are discussed as well.
Super-Duper Toybox: It speaks volumes that I list this blog as a "go-to" blog even though I just added it this week. Not a gaming blog, but a toy blog. Toys old and new, mainly action figures, are the focus. Boy Wonder's posts have good information and usually a lot of "action shots" of said figures, you know, doing action and stuff.
I can't go into detail all of my "s" blogs, these are my highlights. My mindset on following blogs is simple, I don't just click "follow" haphazardly, it's got to have content I enjoy. Interacting, if just through the comments field alone, is also important to me. If you're not connecting with your readers, what's the point of writing? I also try to weed out those blogs that have turn to ghost towns and no longer post. Here's the rest:
- Santa Cruz Warhammer: Big site, great 40k content. One-time home of my Barter Bucket.
- Secret Weapon Minis: A "company blog" done right!
- Shelldrake's Zombie Wargame Blog: The name says it all!
- Sons of Taurus: Lots of 40k, lots of Space Marines, lots of...Space Sharks!
- South London Warlords: These guys run Salute of all things, lots of great content.
- Stern Rake Studios: Fantastic site, lots of variety and creativity, lots of Star Wars too.
- Stormcrow Hobbies: A "one-guy" blog doing what we all do.
- The Savage Afterworld: Nothing but excellent content for the excellent Mutant Future RPG, and home of the free Thundarr port too!
- Super Galactic Dreadnought: Another "the name says it all" blog!