One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
All undecided or unfilled at this point -- it's just lil' ol' me. I haven't talked to Fallon for a few months, so I don't know if he's interested in continuing as editor. One or two people have mentioned that they're willing to help out if necessary (does a bear...never mind).
I don't want the "editor" job. Did it, loathe it. Publisher, editor-in-chief, promo-guy -- sure. But no g-d-ed editing. So...we'll see. I'm not doing 17 solo, that's for sure.
* Let me amend. Ron Carey is the most consistent "staff" around. There are a few reliable contributors. But that's it at the moment.
No offense, but it seems like the OJ has been run on a shoe-string.
As I read your and MTG's posts in this folder, I become more convinced of three things -
(1) The OJ needs its own website, if for no other reason that to establish its own "identity" that people can then identify with, which will help draw some more staff, I would think;
(2) More publicity for the OJ in a "community promoting sense," that is part informational (to spread the knowledge of the OJ, increasing awareness in a current way) and part boosterism/recruiting; and
(3) An "OJ-fest" model that would make each issue of the OJ a community "happening" that people would look forward to and want to be a part of.
With the timeliness issue improved, I think the above three steps could bear significant fruit. _________________ GVD
It's difficult to see without a years-long perspective, but the online Greyhawk community was very much in transition and chaotic for several years (post-AOL/TSR-failing/3e up to a year or two ago). The status of the Oerth Journal reflects that, I think. Things have settled into a comfortable and known configuration now, I think, and hopefully the OJ will be able to take advantage of that.
Also, I want to clarify that I hadn't talked to Andy for a few months because I simply hadn't emailed him. Despite my "I" and "me" talk, I'd rather work with him or for him than without him -- I think he's a bang-up editor who brings a nice degree of professionalism to the job (at least, more than I do).
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