I'm starting this blog because I am running fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons and I want to have a blog dedicated to that. While I still enjoy and play classic D&D, I don't want to swamp that blog with 5e material. It's got its own thing going and I am happy to have a second blog.
As far as this blog, it's called "Clockwork Goldfish" because I couldn't think of a name that I really loved, so I looked on the Trinkets table in the basic rules and found this:
48. A glass orb filled with water, in which swims a clockwork goldfish.I like it because it's such a weird and distinctive name, and sticks out from other generic fantasy websites. Sure, you can have dozens of different blogs, but this one's a clockwork goldfish. Philosophically, it's derived from a random table, which is a Big Deal in my general approach to RPGs. I love random charts; it was the Trinkets table that convinced me that 5e was on to something after all.
As of this introduction, I'm running Princes of the Apocalypse. A lot of the content is going to focus on that; additionally I'll be doing session notes here. I'll also have some stuff about my thoughts on 5e, my philosophy toward running it – which is different from my very austere philosophy on running OD&D that I've spent years talking about on Semper Initiativus Unum – and some bonus fun content like tables or maybe some rules crunch material that I come up with for 5e, likely to be monsters but possibly some other things as well.
Thanks for reading this and I hope you find something worth your while on this blog!