My article in MW seems to have started a (very small) fire- which was perhaps its point as always better dead than bland Oscar Wilde was right ...
Now I've only seen one of the supposed discussions - the TMP one
there but I'm told there is at least one other but I don't have access .
As it happens TMP is the only forum I can be bothered to visit and evn that not too often the others I have dipped in the past are not for me - usually too much fantasy at high volume - metphorically speaking - and even more spats and rows than PMT often for less reason.. I was told by omne of that ilk that the kind of anonymous nastiness I encounted on a couple of these fora in the past was "socialising" - but of course none of the spineless nasty whiners there had the balls to "socialise" to my face they had to keep thier nastiness anonymous and underhand as they thought it clever ... so that explains my prejudice against some of the forums out there.
|Incoming!! Big Andy under fire ???? - well it's a larf ain't it !|
Now the current discussion isn't like that at all heated yes at times somewhat misdirected - certainly amusing yes pointless- well rather as one thing I've learned over the years is that its impossible to use mere facts to outshine prejudice or personal interest.
However I'll say this until I'm blue in the face and have it put upon my bloody headstone in letters of fire.
Having actual knowledge is NEVER a bad idea.Those who - for whatever reason- in our hobby usually financial - try to restrict and own such knowledge can
"garn ferk theresels"
and that goes for you wargamer or more especially not ...
|Why is knowing HOW these bloke did what they did more boring than pushing them about the table as mere gaming pieces- Pikemen from the collection of Jim Main.|
The Resistance Lives OnNow as it happens I perpetrated the offending article for several reason- Like Lord Reith to Infom to Educate and to Entertain but not in any particlarly Reithian order but also to stir the mud at the bottom of our pond- to make chaps think about what we do and also just for the fun of it after all not all of us think like accountants or office supplies executives or systems administators(and no I still don't know what one of those actually DOES) some of us like a bit of intellectual argy- bargy- it keeps the braincells in order. as of course hopefully out of debate and discussion will come new ideas ..... hopefully . .
Believe it or not thinking is important even in our little world . and there used to be a lot of it about- much more than there is now . Okay some it of got silly- Anyone remember the "Great Rhomphia debate" or the "National Characteristic" furore over Bruce Quarries Airfix Napoleonic rules? but surely better than than the bland exceptance of the "Games designer dudes" inflicting their views on us without our comment. for their profit..
I did get more than a bit narked by a dude who opined with one breath that having books and knowledge was elitist and the told us in the next that HE had 2 degrees Hmmmmm???
Equally the same dude thinks its OK for chaps on a limited income to buy rulebooks at £30 quid a pop but not OK for them to buy half a dozen books at a fiver each - Sod that ! now I'm not exactly skint (or flush either mind) but I'd rather have half a dozen useful books than one overpriced over glossy overproduced rulebook any day of the week
Equally I was just a smidgin peeved with another chap who said I should not have refered to dude 1 as a patronising pillock- well maybe pillock was a bit harsh so I apologised- needless to say this passed without remark by siad chap as did Dude one using similar terms(minus the pillock) toward me- double standard anyone- no thanks already got one.
Now the reason I'm carrying one here rather than there is simply one of convenience- I can go off and do a bit of work whilst thinking about what to scribble next and blogger will save this for me whilst TMP doesn't - or at lest I can't make it so .....
However having had a right moan there were several useful posts a couple of which stated more clearly than I the postion I and they were in favour of so by no means a complete waste of time overall - there ARE thinking chaps out there.
is it me or has the hobby become bland?
Answers- wrapped in a £20 note to ....
But somehow there simply isn't as much ... well flavour in it as there used to be. It all seems at times to be decending into games for children usually unpleasant adolescent boys but then thats the GW influence... apparently readin' is borin' if there no blood .. or torture or cannibalism...
Nothing stays the same but does the intellectual spiral always have to be downwards ?