James V West, of the Doomslakers blog, is an artist, comic book creator, old school gamer, and publisher of the brilliant Black Pudding 'zine and assorted Labyrinth Lord supplements.
(1) How long have been blogging, and how’d you get into it in the first place?
It appears I've been doing the Doomslakers blog for about three years. Before that I did various other blogs, so I don't remember how I got into it. But I remember getting into RPG blogging after returning to regular gaming and creating game content sometime around 2012/2013.
It was actually discovering RPG podcasts such as Save or Die that lured me into it.
(2) What do you blog about, and how frequently do you post?
Doomslakers is a blog primarily about "old school" or OSR gaming. I post a lot of content such as character classes, monsters, magic stuff, and zines for OSR games such as Labyrinth Lord. I also post a lot of drawings and doodles and ideas. I do most of my posting on G+, but I try to keep the blog updated at least a few times a month with decent content.
(3) How does your blog stand out from all the rest?
I'm not sure. I don't really think too much about that. I will say that all creators have their own voice and so you won't find my voice in other blogs in the same way you won't find the voices of others in my blog. This is an act of willful creation and it is unique to me, though I would never say it is "original". I do what I do, some people like it.
|Cover mock-up by James of an idea for a "funny animal comic"|
(4) What’s the best (and worst) thing about blogging?
Blogs can feel isolated. It's much nicer to have a central community where everyone congregates. But blogs are free from the limits of such a central hub. Each blogger has a great deal of control over what they present to the public. That's a powerful incentive.
(5) Do you have any self-imposed rules (or guidelines) for your blog?
I keep Doomslakers focused on RPGs, comics, and artwork. I won't post explicitly sexual material, though I'm happy to post sexy pin-up art and I'm not shy about cursing like a mofo.
(6) Name one blog everyone should be reading (other than your own)
That's an impossible task. But The Alexandrian is a blog that had a lot of impact on my thinking about old school games. And this recommendation is really only on the strength of posts related to game mechanics. Good stuff.
|The Black Pudding 'zine, along with other gaming creations from James, can be found on RPGNow.com|