The Iron Dagger is a blog dedicated to reflections and commentary on games, and their lore, design, and culture.
Being a lifelong RPG fan – and most of what I muse about here concerns RPGs – the name is a jab (pun intended) at one of my favorite experiences in any game: the feeling of finding or earning a better weapon during your character’s perilous early days. Nothing like scrimping through the first few quests with that pinprick of a starting dagger, to afford a proper
confidence boost sword!
There’s another reason behind the name, but only Skyrim players who toiled at Smithing would get it.
As for myself, call me Syrmaticus. That’s a genus of long-tailed pheasant, which is apparently what my family name means in Chinese (were we a House in Game of Thrones, our words would probably be We Taste Best Roasted).
I’m one of the hooded and cloaked drifters on the fringe of mainstream Asian gamer culture: Singaporean, thirtyish, and unabashedly anti-MOBA, e-sports, and PvP – thanks to a childhood steeped in roleplaying and storytelling on homebrew tabletops, play-by-post, and telnet MUDs.