Since I’ve renewed my interest in game design of late, I’d been meaning to get back into The Forge. In part, this interest was increased by their recent ‘refocus‘ on actual play and actual design over abstract theory. Mostly, however, it was remembering how much my initial introduction to The Forge meant to me. It changed the way I thought about (and played!) rpgs. The community was great. It really seemed to take its own rules of ettiquette seriously.
I left The Forge in mid-2003. I’d been fairly active on its fora for a bit under a year. (fora for a – did I actually type that?) I left for a combination of several reasons. The Forge was, in my opinion, becoming a bit clique-heavy and getting bogged down in theory. These are things I probably could have dealt with, but I was also at a point in my life where my priorities were in flux. Game design went on the back burner for awhile.
After starting this blog, I thought about becoming active there again. I began reading other blogs more actively. I got to Vincent’s posts on anyway about how people who disagree with him have the wrong kind of fun. I sighed heavily. I decided to wait a little bit. Then Ron’s remarks about the “brain-damaged” were posted. I am not going to link to them, but I will link to Clinton’s comments about them.
I decided that I’ll put off my Forge-activity for a bit longer.
I wonder, though, whether there is a link between the lack of a communal theory-space in which rules of etiquette are enforced and the increase that I perceive in the use of insulting language while talking about theory.