|The ShadowRN Mailing List
|Tue, 14 Sep 1999 15:30:59 EDT
something has to be said here.
ATTENTION ALL LIST MEMBERS!!!
Breathe a bit. The list is bigger than it has ever been (at least, to my
knowledge). It has a lot of people from a LOT of different places and is now
100% global in its' reach. It *IS* influential and it *DOES* have a
reputation. Like it or not, it is an "Internet Community", and occasionally
that means new members "move in to the community". We should do our best to
try and make their integration into the community good for everyone involved.
Do I think this means that people should come onto the list and immediately
starting inflaming things? No. Do I think this should take precedence over
the feelings, respects, or considerations of members? No.
I've been burning hours of time cross-referencing and lying through my teeth
to some operators and business people. I have found that some people are
coming onto the list are actually people whom have been on the list before in
a different name, and are not acting the same. Hell, last year I did it just
to see if something MC23 had told me was correct. He was right. And, for
those people who know MC23 and I's "reputation", you know that it is one
where we rarely, if ever, get along.
Folks, tension on the list, and in many other places, has been incredibly
high lately. Frank mentioned in a reply to Manx about the concept of
"Elitism". He was very right. And Manx was also right, no one should
blindly come onto a list such as this one and immediately start venting at
speed or with vehemence.
Bull (Steve R.) is an expressive kind of guy. I do like him, and I do
respect his opinions and his rights. And althought I don't agree with "the
other guy" (who's name I just can't remember ATM, sorry), I do think the guy
has the right to his opinion.
Look, we are all human. As the size and scale of a community, any human
community, gets larger, it gets more chaotic and even expresses dissonance.
But this tension is just lasting too long. I asked Dvixen a general opinion
concerning the tension and the list, how it was just *NOT* going down, and
she did agree. This is too much IMO folks. I'm not saying, in any way shape
or form, that I am better than anyone. But I am saying that we should all
take a look at what it is we are "saying" to each other. We all share a
hobby. We all play a game called "Shadowrun". Do we all play it the same
way? Hell NO! But we all play the game because we like the many facets of
Shadowrun as a gaming universe (I occasionally call it "Cosmology" on purpose
now). Not all of those facets are part of the same game group, BUT they are
part of the same overall Game. Perspective lends itself across the board.
This is no exception to the rule that I am aware of at least. It bends us
and decides for us how we are going to react to something, to anything and
everything in fact.
Mark F. recently made a request for "starting up a gun topic" or something.
Okay, his request, not mine. I don't often "do" that topic. I do like the
"Poison Ivy" thread however, and some ideas coming from that are really cool
and could help make for some good, future, material for the GAME!.
Do I consider myself an old timer? Not a chance!!!! Getting old means to me
becoming a "fuddy duddy" and "boring donothing". I plan on gaming
retirement if I can get away with it ;-).
Do I consider myself a fan of FASA? In truth, not really. Of Shadowrun,
yes, most certainly, but not all of FASA as a company. I simply don't know
everything about FASA that there is too know. Do I know some of the
writers/developers? Yes. Do I know some of them on a personable, first name
basis. Yes. And the whole reason I do so is because I and they have
We play Shadowrun and We enjoy Shadowrun.
That is ultimately what this List is about, and I am requesting that
everybody remembers this simple fact/truth (one and the same here guys). Do
we enjoy the same edition of SR? No, obviously not. Do we agree with the
line developers and the other contributors? No, obviously not. Do we agree
that Shadowrun as a game has a lot of potential and lets us have some fun
while "kicking some serious ass?"
I once thought Obviously Yes. But what I've seen of late, I don't know.
-K (who has discovered that without a .Sig, this 'letter' has become
something more than *I* as a person am myself alone)