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Monday, November 06, 2017

Changes at Castalia

Jeffro Johnson steps down as the Castalia House blog editor:
So much is happening in the wider scene today that I can barely keep up with even a portion of it. Along with that, I find that areas of my life outside of gaming and fiction have increasingly laid greater and greater claims to my time. And while I wish I could do all the things that I can think of that could really capitalize on everything that’s developed here… I’m afraid I instead have to admit that I’ve run with all of this about as far as I can.

It’s a tough thing to do, but I think it’s the right thing for me at this time. So I’m handing over editorship of Castalia House blog to Morgan Holmes, who has been writing about classic fantasy and science fiction here almost as long as I have. (Good luck, man!)

To everyone at Castalia House and to all the readers and bloggers here… thank you. You’ve all inspired me greatly and have continually surprised me with your dedication and your love for the field. It really has been an exciting trip, and I’m grateful to everyone that took the time to join with me in this voyage of discovery.
Read the whole thing there. Jeffro did an excellent job of building up the Castalia House blog, in terms of content, quality, and traffic, and he leaves the blog a much stronger, healthier site than he found it. We should all hope to do half as well with any responsibility we are given! He will be succeeded by Morgan, the longtime CH blogger, in whom we all have a great deal of confidence.

Jeffro remains a Castalia House author, of course, and we are hoping that he will eventually provide us with a successor of some kind to his landmark Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons. We may even try to talk him into writing a campaign book for the Alt★Hero role-playing game! If you'd like to express your gratitude to Jeffro for his contributions, I think picking up a copy of his book today would be a great way to do so.

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21 Comments:

Blogger Zaklog the Great November 06, 2017 8:07 AM  

I first picked up the Tarzan books because of his Appendix N series, and was tremendously surprised and rewarded. For that alone, thank you, Mr. Johnson.

Anonymous Steve November 06, 2017 8:18 AM  

The Castalia House blog has become a must-read over the past year or so. I particularly enjoy the reviews of old pulp fiction.

Blogger dienw November 06, 2017 9:02 AM  

History of Dungeons and Dragons
Now, that is ironic: four weeks ago I helped clean out a sixty-eight year old's apartment from which he was being evicted (he is a friend of a friend): his life had been "dedicated" to Dungeons and Dragons roll playing. He had a shelf case full of hardback character role-playing books; a closet with books by the author who either began the game or who inspired it and several boxes of scenery and figurines for the game; another room had more boxes.
I'll just briefly mention his comic book addiction.

He went through a 300K inheritance in two and a half years.

Blogger David The Good November 06, 2017 9:34 AM  

Great work, Jeffro. We will miss you.

And I second Vox's praise for Appendix N. I care nothing for Dungeons and Dragons and yet still find that book fascinating.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 06, 2017 10:00 AM  

Thank you Jeffro. You have done a great, great service for fantasy and science fiction. There is a generation reading the greats that would not have been but for your work.

Blogger Jon D. November 06, 2017 10:22 AM  

Appendix N changed the way I think about writing more than about any other work out there. Jeffro has really opened my eyes and I've learned a ridiculous amount from him. I'm really going to miss him in this role, but I hope he continues to post an article here and again!

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum November 06, 2017 10:51 AM  

I care nothing for Dungeons and Dragons and yet still find that book fascinating.

Seconded.

Blogger lowercaseb November 06, 2017 11:08 AM  

David The Good wrote:I care nothing for Dungeons and Dragons and yet still find that book fascinating.

That's the power of Jeffro! He managed to convey to folks the wonder and passion of those grognards through their literary choices and let us share their excitement and inspiration. Back in a day when a gamer could also hold down a job, head a household and still find time to indulge a hobby with friends.

Those books of Appendix N inspire, and Jeffro joins them. His is inspiring us to rediscover our lost wonder.

Anonymous Brian Z November 06, 2017 11:10 AM  

Thank you, Jeffro.

Anonymous User November 06, 2017 11:46 AM  

Already have it. Good stuff. Thanks.

Blogger Last Redoubt November 06, 2017 11:54 AM  

Thank you, Jeffro

Blogger Were-Puppy November 06, 2017 12:15 PM  

Appendix N 5 stars

Anonymous Corrox November 06, 2017 1:10 PM  

Thanks Jeffro,

I discovered Vance and the despicable Cugel due to your blogging.

Blogger Skyler the Weird November 06, 2017 1:34 PM  

Hugo Award nominee Jeffro Johnson will be hard to replace.

Blogger Jon Mollison November 06, 2017 1:40 PM  

Jeffro was my gateway drug to the high-T side of fantasy and sci-fi. Before him I felt like a stranger in a strange left-wing land, surrounded by soyboys and mincing fedora tippers. After Jeffro, I feel like a small part of an honest-to-God revolution dedicated to retaking the Holy Lands of sci-fi and fantasy. Without him I'd likely not have found this blog, and not have had the time of my life with everything from the Rabid campaigns to Alt*Hero to [redacted]. It's been a hell of a ride, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he has planned for his next project!

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 06, 2017 2:19 PM  

Jeffro was an eye opener for me.

I hadn't really understood how cut off from the roots of fantasy the Millennials are until he described his reactions to Appendix books.

Blogger lowercaseb November 06, 2017 2:24 PM  

Jon Mollison wrote:Jeffro was my gateway drug to the high-T side of fantasy and sci-fi.
Amen to that! I never thought I could discuss improvising encounters when players go off the map to the virtues of the box squat in your 3 day 5X5 in the comments of one post. This is the community that Jeffro builds. He is reminding us that being a gamer does not preclude you from being strong, productive and a provider.

Blogger Silly but True November 06, 2017 3:00 PM  

Jeffro's done a great job. His Appendix N work was top-notch: thoughtful and well-researched, and his run at CH Blog Editor did not disappoint.

It made CH a must-check weekly site for me, and that legacy will continue, all but replacing Black Gate as my go-to fantasy/sci-fi web home.

Best of luck to Jeffro in his future endeavors & thanks for making things interesting.

Blogger Matthew November 06, 2017 3:31 PM  

David The Good wrote:Great work, Jeffro. We will miss you.

And I second Vox's praise for Appendix N. I care nothing for Dungeons and Dragons and yet still find that book fascinating.


Ditto, because I can't say it any better.

Blogger SmockMan November 06, 2017 3:59 PM  

The blog was great. I started reading almost every day. Sad to see Jeffro gone.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 06, 2017 6:45 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:Jeffro was an eye opener for me.

I hadn't really understood how cut off from the roots of fantasy the Millennials are until he described his reactions to Appendix books.

Same. Lived through the 70s when F/SF was all available in the book racks and libraries, then it wasn't (didn't know about Thor Power until recently). Never gave a thought to how unmoored it left others. Until Jeffro and "Appendix N".

Thank you, Mr. Johnson!

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