It's been a long time since my last post and yes, my basement is still in tatters and disarray but work is slated to begin this week on the walls! Gaming will be returning soon to the basement bunker!
So this happened:
And I thought I'd chime in with my .02
I caught wind of this thread that the editor of TMP began entitled "Arrogant Americans" and purported to be about substantiating or refuting claims of snobby British and arrogant American gamers (and if the hobby has an "Arrogant American" problem. How would you even rate or quantify that, let alone address it?)
My buddy Brandon, an actual rules author in his own right, made a comment about the veracity and usefulness of the thread itself after noting how many comments the editor deleted (including paying member comments). He was swiftly banned so, in solidarity with him, I made the post above right before leaving work on Friday, with the hopes that he would ban me too.
"Editor Bill" didn't disappoint and I was kicked off TMP before I even got off the train. Yes I kind of posted this as "click bait" for him, but TMP is that subject you talk "around" because of the sensitivity, stupidity, devotional, and almost canonical fervor of some of its loudest members about important topics to our hobby such as:
The definition of a scoundrel.
Napoleonic uniform button numbers.
The shade of musket stock wood after a long campaign.
The invincibility of British troops in the Napoleonic wars.
War of 1812 beef rations.
Defense of "Girl und Panzer" anime enthusiasts.
RT News re-posts.
In the years I've known about it, TMP has become a place where you dread starting a post almost as much as you would dread asking for a raise from your boss because you're not sure what the reaction may be to it. I never liked posting replies to questions or even starting threads myself because of this unpleasant element. So why even deal with it?
My eventual breakup with TMP was long on the horizon.
TMP's usefulness to me is touch and go. Usually when I have a research problem about historical gaming, I'm led to a TMP post via a search engine anyways. My posts were really only to help answer questions when I might actually have been able to help someone out.
So I'm done with TMP now and I'm not headed back. While occasionally helpful, it only seems to enable the slathering, dim witted, fervent trolls out there who literally have nothing better to do with their time than criticize innocent and fun loving gamers whose shade of green was too dark for their tastes.