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Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Emily Care on December 06, 2002, 05:08:46 AM
Hello all,

In Clinton's Cultural Analysis ( thread, Mike asked Who are you?
I'd like to know: Who do you hang out with? :)

Specifically, who on the Forge do you personally know and game/spend time with socially in real life? And also who of those you have met on the Forge have become your friends, collaborators or allies?

What are the sub-communities among our larger community?  

And how have these relationships, or lack thereof, affected your involvement with the Forge?

This may help us get an idea of what the fabric of this community consists of. Are we mostly solitary individuals who come together online about gaming only, or many cliques of people who know eachother in real life and thus are encouraged to post with one another online?  Are individuals who don't know anyone in real life who posts here at a disadvantage, or feel isolated? Or is this a community that strengthens affinities and creates new social ties, that brings people into new community even outside of its bounds?

My answers:
My gaming group is Meguey and Vincent. We are old friends. We've been housemates over the years and continue to game game together and hang out socially. We've are experimenting with different approaches to rpg in play together.  And Vincent is my main collaborater and buddy to talk with about game design and theory.  The Forge has helped me and my group identify issues we've dealt with better, but is mainly just an additional layer of our friendship, not a major component in any way.

Tom (BlueGargantua) is a good friend of mine, whom I've just met this year, and see socially fairly frequently.  We've never gamed together, but it's nice seeing him on the Forge, and this forum has started a dialogue about gaming and design between us that might not have arisen otherwise. :)  

I don't have any out of Forge correspondence with anyone, but I think of many people I've posted with as friends or at least as friendly. I've really enjoyed the collaboration about the game Enlightenment, with Mike Holmes, Bob McNamee, John LaViolette and others. I think it's in large part because of Enlightenment that I've become as active as I have been lately (and also because I've had the time to spare for once).  Collaborating on it "activated" me, kept me coming back.  It also encouraged me to give input to other people's games and topics, since what I'd been interested in had been so warmly supported and received.

I heard about the Forge from Vincent, and met some other folks from the Forge during a play-by-email playtest of Before the Flood, and have definitely felt encouraged to become more active due to the fact that he's been posting regularly. He's kept me up to date on many topics here when I haven't been on.  

--Emily Care

Title: Re: Relationship Maps: the Forge
Post by: Paganini on December 06, 2002, 06:39:55 AM
Hey Em,

Well... in real life, no one, although Ralph Mazza (Valamir) is the shortest distance. I keep hoping to hook up with him if I can ever make I Con.

On the net, though, I game every monday with the members of the indie-netgaming group. Currently are (semi) regulars are:

Chris Edwards
Mike Holmes
Bob McNamee
J.B. Bell
Four Willows Weeping (Sheryas Splwerithsaljhsdf)
Palefire (Christoffer Lerno)

('dI forget anyone?)

I also hang out with Ralph Mazza (Valamir) over in the sfconsim-l yahoo group, where we talk about space combat. :)

I was introduced to the Forge by Raven a while back when we were allies over in RPG-Create.

Title: Relationship Map? Not from Where I Sit
Post by: Le Joueur on December 06, 2002, 06:49:21 AM
Last time I checked, a Relationship Map (tm) Ron Edwards was about sexual and blood relationships that 'as connections' can be explored by a game.  I don't see how that applies here (I doubt many here are so related); perhaps a change in terminology or thread title are in order?

I don't know.

Fang Langford

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Emily Care on December 06, 2002, 06:55:24 AM
Sure thing, Fang, I was being fuzzy in my application of the term. I was just using it as a humorous note anway.  

Paganini:  So you've found online community here?  Very cool.  Do you have a gaming group where you are, too? What got you active on the Forge?


edited once Fang pointed out the easy way to change the subject. :)

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Paganini on December 06, 2002, 07:05:00 AM
Quote from: Emily Care

Paganini:  So you've found online community here?  Very cool.  Do you have a gaming group where you are, too? What got you active on the Forge?

Em, no gaming group. As I said, I'm surrounded by cows and corn. My gaming friends are distance gaming friends. That's why the internet is cool. :)

What got me active on the Forge... hehe. Perversity, mostly. We used to argue GDS and game design theory over in RPG-Create. I was always arguing, basically, that System Matters, but never presented it as coherently as Ron. Raven pointed me over here in the interests of establishing common ground (and bringing me up to speed on the state of things too, I think). The next couple of gaming ideas I had I posted to the Game Design forum here, instead of to RPG-Create. Things just kind of went from there.

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Mike Holmes on December 06, 2002, 07:14:28 AM
Funny you should post this, EM, because I was thinking that it would be good to get out in the open as well. I occasionally feel some strange guilt that I think that people do not realize that I've played RPGs with Ron and others here. Not that we haven't frequently disclosed that fact, but some people may not be aware.

In other words one of the most important maps here would obviously have to be that which includes we who are publishers who meet at cons. This includes most of the moderators of the fora. It's actually easier to list the moderators who I haven't met:

Cynthia Celeste Miller - who I'd like to meet as The Forge's one and only distaff moderator
Nathan - as he hosts the Universalis site, it's a lot like having met him
Jeff Diamond - I've got a playtest copy of Orbit
James West -  whose system Ive continually tried to mangle
Fang Langford - who I may have debated with more than anyone else

Actually, though I've met the Issaries guys, and Michael Hopcroft, I can't say that I've played with them (though, I'm not sure I haven't either).

IOW, the people who've become moderators seem to be a very tight group as a whole in that most of us have all met in person, and most have played games with each other.

Other non-moderators that I can remember who've shown up and played at Cons include:
Raven - AKA Greyorm - he does our art. Of course he comes. :-)
Josh Neff - who I've actually managed to manipulate into moving to my town so we can play regularly.
Rich - the one who created Shotgun Musashi, and who was in the first FTF playtest of Synthesis with me and Josh.
Travis - aka efindel - who has probably played every indie game on he list that was available at GenCon.
James - AKA Damion - who has acually showed up at smaller conventions.
The guy who showed up at Demon Con. :-) Name's on the tip of my tongue. Only non-moderator/non-Ron's group Forger who showed, IIRC. Cool.

Then there's Paul's group, and Ron's group who all seem to show up more or less. I'll leave their memberships for posts by those two, but they form a substantial portion of the membership here. Also, Tom "Unheilig" Back (who used to post here), and his "Starchildren" associates who occasionally come by; someone may have to cobble that one together for them.

Comes to about thirty or so, total, I'd say. Maybe more. Which is a substantial group.

These are all people loosely associated by play at cons,and some socializing there. That is to say that we might not all be the best of friends, but we've all met face to face, and most have played with each other. Apollogies to the several players that I've almost certainly missed. Please correct my errors of your omissions.

I'd like to see more of The Forge constituency get out and find us at the Cons. After all, we're all about the playing, and I think you'd find us a congenial crowd. (Ok, what I really think is that it's a blast, and you'd be a fool for not coming and playing; I've conga-lined out of a restaurant with most of these folks). Given that we're composed of people who "just show up", there should be no social impediment to anyone joining this list, and expanding our community.

In fact, that might be a good specific goal for this year. To get more of The Forge out to meet at Cons, and play together. The more contact we have that way, the better the community here. Em, you and your group gonna make it out here to the flyover this year? Come one, come all!

For those who can't make it for whatever reason, or who want to play now, or just prefer online play, I remind you that thee exists a group of us called Indie-RPG Net Gaming where you can organize games via chat, various gaming clients, or PBEM. It's not large yet, but I'd encourage anybody interested to check it out:


Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: GreatWolf on December 06, 2002, 08:24:14 AM
Let's see.  Here are my answers.

I game regularly with Ralph Mazza.  (He's running Pendragon for myself and my wife.  Some good old-fashioned Sim gaming goodness.)  I met him online at the Gaming Outpost and we corresponded during that time, especially while I was writing the "Dreaming Out Loud" column on Alyria.  We also discovered that we both grew up in the same area (Erie County in NW Pennsylvania) and now we live in the same city (Peoria, IL).  However, this relationship began prior to the Forge.

The same goes for Jason Blair.  I assisted him with Little Fears by writing the opening story and applying my boot to the seat of his pants when he needed motivating.  Again, that predates the Forge.

I have also met Mike Holmes a couple of times and was honored to be involved in one of the early playtests of Universalis back at Origins 2001.  I was really tired but I seem to remember bunnies who were also martial artists.  It was wild and crazy and fun and I want to play again.

I do have hopes for forming relationships with others here, however.  I had the chance to meet several people at GenCon this year whom I have corresponded with or "talked to" in the forums here and formerly at GO.  People like Jared Sorenson, Scott Knipe, Gordon Landis, Josh Neff, Ron Edwards, Todd Luikart, Matt Snyder, and Jake Norwood.  I would certainly hope to have the opportunity to meet with these fine folks more and to work with them in some capacity.

Seth Ben-Ezra
Great Wolf

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Matt Wilson on December 06, 2002, 08:52:41 AM
I found the Forge via Clinton, who mentioned it on a Yahoo Group here in Seattle.

I play in a Thursday game with him and a couple other guys who post here: Dan and James.

Other Forge-ites that I have gamed with on occasion are Alan Barclay and Jeff Miller, who posts as Eogan.

I've been considering making the next GenCon just so I can meet the people I see posting here. Now that alone is a cool thing about the Forge for me.

Title: Re: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: xiombarg on December 06, 2002, 09:00:45 AM
Quote from: Emily Care
Specifically, who on the Forge do you personally know and game/spend time with socially in real life? And also who of those you have met on the Forge have become your friends, collaborators or allies?
Unfortunately, in the wilds of Salisbury I haven't met many Forgites at all. I've met Sean Hillman (ADGBoss) and Dave Panchyk (ADGConscience), and we're planning on playing Sorcerer, but we haven't hung out much at all yet, this is very recent and the game is still in the planning stages.

I've met Raf at a con and bought Dread. He seemed pretty cool, but we didn't get to interact much, except for: "Hey! A Forge person!"

I'd like to think that some of y'all are friends and allies at a distance, but frankly I don't like to make presumptions like that until I've met someone face to face.

I have a reasonable-sized gaming group that you can see me talk about in various Actual Play threads, but none of them are on the Forge (so much as I know).

What are the sub-communities among our larger community?
Uh, just look at the Independant Game Forums ( I think that defines it pretty well, particularly the more active fora.

And how have these relationships, or lack thereof, affected your involvement with the Forge?
Very little at all. While I appreciate the connections I've made, it's the Forge as a whole that I value. I don't just value and respect, say, Clinton's opinion -- tho I do -- but I more so enjoy having access to the Forge as whole, with all its differing perspectives and priorities.

That might change if I actually start meeting more people. I LIKE y'all, you're civil and nice and cool, which is the other reason I'm here, but I just haven't met very many of you. (Plus I have this secret insecurity that certain people, like Jared, would hate me if they met me in person.)

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Clinton R. Nixon on December 06, 2002, 09:27:46 AM
On a local level, I game with Matt Wilson (itsmrwilson), James Cunningham (Yasha), and Dan Root (DaR). I'm also friends with Zak Arntson, and Justin Dagna.

On a larger level, though, there's a large portion of the Forge that I've known for about three years now, through Gaming Outpost,, and GenCon. I'm kind of a transient person in real life, so these connections have meant the world to me - they were my friends before I knew anyone in Seattle, and some of them have helped me through tough personal times. I especially got big props for Ron (of course), Jared, Joshua Neff, Mike Gentry, and Jason Blair, but I've immediately liked every Forge-ite I've met.

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Shreyas Sampat on December 06, 2002, 09:28:16 AM
Similarly, in the wilds of Baltimore I haven't run into any Forgites of my own, though as Paganini mentioned, I'm a semi-regular in indie-netgaming.

Zak unwittingly introduced me to The Forge when he posted about his Fighter-D Alpha game over at Wizards' Planescape mailing list, which I lurk on and occasionally harvest interesting writing from.  Since then, I've become briefly acquainted with some few folks, and hopefully I can be more active in the fora once my finals period ends.

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: wyrdlyng on December 06, 2002, 09:29:09 AM
The only other Forgites living in South Florida that I know of are stimuli (who I haven't met due to my job sending me on road trips about the state at random) and deadgirl (who is married to me so I see her all the time).

Any other Forgites I've met was at GenCon and usually was due to my giving them money for their games.

As to my involvement on the Forge, not meeting people in person has little effect on me. I used to play MUSHes and PBEMs heavily and still play a lot of Online Games so I'm accustomed to befriending people I might never meet. But then again growing up on the edge of nothing might have influenced me.

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Mike Holmes on December 06, 2002, 09:46:48 AM
OK notable ommisions from the con crowd list: Gordon Landis and Mike Gentry. Also, how could I forget Mike Mearls, and Peter Seckler (he has posted here, hasn't he?).

Maybe more like forty or so.


Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Gordon C. Landis on December 06, 2002, 02:16:46 PM
OK, first the info - I posted over at GO, and was an early (though not real early) poster here.  When Paul Czege was out visiting California a few years back, I got together with him and Jared Sorensen at Lon's (Uncle Dark) house for an Inspecters game and some game conversation.  This year, I went out to GenCon - I met most of the folks in Mike's list (Mike let me crash at his house one night - my hotel was 30+ minutes away, and it was 3 AM or something when we finished the RoS game with Jake, so it was MUCH appreciated), I saw Ron get the Dianna Jones award (held it in my own hands!), I played many neat games.  Enjoyed the hell out of it all, including the conga line, although "real life" had me a bit wobbly right before the trip.

How has this affected my involvement at the Forge?  I have no clue.  To be honest, I think I don't quite get the notion of an "internet community" - I *never* feel like I actually know the other poster's, even when I follow the links to their personal web pages and blogs and stuff.  The folks I've met in person, or exchanged PM's/Email with, I feel like I know a little, and they're great people, one and all.  But I'm also cautious about thinking I know them TOO well just on the basis of a brief  interaction - maybe I just came across this Web-form of social interaction too late in life to be entirely comfortable with it.  You get to know people by seeing 'em, damn it!  Or maybe talkin' on the phone.  Why, in my day we'd  . . .

Not that that'd stop me from jumping into just about any game these folks chose to run, if they were in my area.  And when I finally get some game designs rolling out of my word processor and into the public, I'm looking forward to hearing the comments.


Title: How did I get here?
Post by: Kester Pelagius on December 06, 2002, 02:42:31 PM
Greetings Emily,

In the long winding journey of how I got here there is a funny story, alas I am not sure my writing style is suitable to the telling of such a grand tale, therefore I shall just type the words and let them form into rank and file as they may.

One day I was Trolling RPGnet.  I came upon this interesting "freebie game" post by Pale Fire.  Being intrigued I, in a fit of sudden inspiration, wrote a quickie double-take comicall "2nd ED" kinda silly version of it, as you do when it's past mid-night and you are loopy from caffein and lack of sleep.

Seeing that Pale Fire wasn't offended by it I asked if he wouldn't mind if I reposted it over here, since he included a link to a parallel thread he'd started here.  If memory serves he basically replied "It's your life, do with it as you please." (Ok, maybe it wasn't that harsh ;)

So, in one fell swoop, not only was I moved to actually de-Troll and register at RPGnet but so, too, was I moved to register here at The Forge.
For better or worse.

Don't know anyone here personally.  Have exchanged e-mails with a few, every now and then, mostly when a question has arisen about some odd esoteric point of slightly less than cosmic import.

As to how my interaction, or lack thereof, have affected my posting at the Forge... as with everyone else when I post, if I get a response, I try to respond in kind.  If no one responds, I take that as a hint no one is interested and leave it at that.  Otherwise I post to what spurs my interests or itnrigues me, such as this thread obviously did.

Thank you, and good night.

Kind Regards,

Kester Pelagius

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Mike Holmes on December 06, 2002, 02:49:39 PM
Quote from: Chris Passeno
There was Adam, Bull (though he probably wouldn't remember), Ben (Jacob's friend and artist), et cetera...

Damnit, I knew I remembered that name, but couldn't place it. Sorry, Adam. Obviously, I've also forgotten Chris.

And that's Ben Moore, Chris is referring to, if I'm not mstaken, who posts here, mostly on the TROS forum.

The Forge convention ring grows...


Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Jake Norwood on December 06, 2002, 03:24:31 PM
I've got a crappy memory, but off the top of my head, I've gamed with:

Mike Holmes
Ralph Mazza
Ron Edwards
Gordon C. Landis
Matt Snyder
Seth Ben-Ezra
Peter Adkinson (awww yeah)
Jason Blair
Ben Moore (our lackey)
Jared Sorenson

And a dozen more, mostly in smaller con-games, like Paul Czege and others. I'd say I've really become friends with Ralph and Ron (who had me over for Thanksgiving in Chicago, which rocked!), and I'm pretty fond of Mike and Jared, too.

I think that it's my relationships from the Forge that motivate me to go to any Cons at all, actually.


Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Ziriel on December 07, 2002, 12:13:41 PM
Being a newcomer here I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you other Forgers face to face, although I hope one day I will.  Perhaps given time I'll have a list as long as Mr.Holmes. ;)  Iz there anyone eles here in my general area (northern Colorado)?

I haven't found that my lack of familiarity with fellow Forge goers has impeaded my participation at all (although there iz the occational reference that I miss).  

And just in case you missed it in the cultural analysis thread:  Jason aka crucial iz my most beloved beau.  So I suppose I do know someone here quite well!

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Seth L. Blumberg on December 09, 2002, 09:06:56 AM
I've met Paul Czege, and his girlfriend Danielle, once. We were going to do a playtest campaign together, but it never worked out.

(um, Paul, your girlfriend's name is Danielle, right? blush blush blush....)

Anyway, I'd like to meet other Michigan Forgers, whether to game or just to hang out. There are plenty of us.

[edited to incorporate last sentence, and again to fix bad BBcode]

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: lumpley on December 09, 2002, 09:16:08 AM
Em and I met Jared and Mike (mearls) on Saturday.  It was brief but cool.


Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Paul Czege on December 09, 2002, 10:46:18 AM
(um, Paul, your girlfriend's name is Danielle, right? blush blush blush....)



Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: greyorm on December 09, 2002, 07:51:06 PM
Quote from: Emily Care
I'd like to know: Who do you hang out with? :)
Specifically, who on the Forge do you personally know and game/spend time with socially in real life? And also who of those you have met on the Forge have become your friends, collaborators or allies?

What are the sub-communities among our larger community?  

And how have these relationships, or lack thereof, affected your involvement with the Forge?

Face-to-face, no-one.
I live too far away from everyone I know of on the Forge.
Fang, I believe, is the closest to me at ~3 hours away.

However, who do I know specifically?
Gareth (contracycle), Nathan (Pag), Travis Casey (enfidel -- though I haven't seen him post for a while), and Fang Langford -- whom I also know previously from RPG Create.

Ron, Clinton, Mike Holmes, John Wick (John!), JB Bell, Bob McNamee, Josh Neff, Scott Knipe, Paul Czege, Mike Gentry, Sean (unodiablo), Ralph (Valamir)...and, damnit, some folks I'm definitely forgetting -- almost all of whom I met via the Forge and in-person at GenCon.

Who among those do I interact with regularly outside the Forge?
Ron. I met Ron before there was a Forge and when Sorcerer was a bunch of text files you had to e-mail him to get your hands on.
The game inspired me to do some art...
...the rest is history.

Also, Nathan, Travis Casey, Mike Holmes, Bob and JB. I used to be a regular for the Monday night Indie Gaming, but real life has interfered with that of late.

Bob made a kick-ass character sheet for Orx (; plus I've done artwork for a couple folks, Clinton and Mike among those, and lately Jason Blair.

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: M. J. Young on December 09, 2002, 09:17:39 PM
Clinton was kind enough to put me up in his (then Baltimore) apartment for Apartment!Con a couple years ago; and I met several people there who made an impression on me, but I'm not going to attempt to recreate the names as I'm bound to mess up someone. Clinton did not play in the Multiverser game I ran, but if memory serves he and I both played in a D20 fantasy game Peter Seckler ran.

Otherwise I have not met anyone in person as far as I know.

I'm not certain to what degree that's important. I feel like I know Seth fairly well, and have corresponded with him and his wife about topics other than games at times. There are others I've known from other lists (and again there is the problem of knowing which people are actually here that I knew there). I had something of an online relationship with a number of people now here before here was more than an idea, and have fond memories of discussions with Ron and many others on the Gaming Outpost forums.

When Nick Lalone offered to pick me up, and Ed Healy along the way, to go to Apartment!Con, my wife had visions of some serial killer preying on unsuspecting gamers (no, quiet in the peanut gallery--Nick's a nice guy, really). Maybe I'm too trusting; but I feel like I know a lot of people I've never met, from interacting through forums such as these.

And maybe it's partly because I'm so cerebral in reality that the part of a relationship I most value is the part that is easiest to share in this medium.

--M. J. Young

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Mike Holmes on December 10, 2002, 06:19:11 AM
Funny, I forgot to mention John Wick as a GenCon attendee. But that's because I sorta think of him as above membership here due to his celebrity status.

But that's silly. While he's almost certainly the most successful designer who posts here regularly, that doesn't change the fact that he contributes as openly and honestly as any other member. Sorry to let your "industry" status cloud my perception of you, John. I personally have benefitted from John's advice, and enjoyed meeting him in person. Sentiments felt by others here as well, I'm sure.

For those not aware, it may be that whatever support John gives to what we do here is the most important facet of our general acceptance across gamedom. Or at least that's my perception. Not that we need to be legitimized, but it doesn't hurt to have a heavyweight attending your site regularly.

Thanks for being here, John.

Now, Walt is also sorta famous as well, and it's neat that he's here too. But I've yet to meet him in person. Coming out to one of the Cons this year, Walt? We'd love to play across from you in person. :-)


Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Walt Freitag on December 10, 2002, 11:55:39 AM
Uh, yeah I guess, with a BIG emphasis on 'sorta.' :-)

I missed the window for posting a self-profile, but one of the things that would have been in there is that my current career status affords me an existence that can best be described as "hand-to-mortgage." I would love to come to one or more of the Cons this year (especially an event involving another Indie-RPGs table, or another Demon Con). However, I might not be able to and I don't really want to build my own (or anyone else's) hopes up too much.

Netgaming with Forge folk is something I'm sure I'd enjoy and value. I have to weigh that against working on my interactive-storytelling system (and the limited software options for my Mac), but it's something I'll be looking into after a current end-of-year project deadline is behind me.

- Walt

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Emily Care on December 10, 2002, 12:47:03 PM
Hello all,

Thanks for all the replies we've had so far.  It's given me a little snapshot of the web of connections among us all. Thought I'd take a moment to reflect on what's been said.

Several people specifically said that not having met many other Forge posters has been no obstacle to being involved.  Overall, most people who replied have little regular contact with other members, mainly due to geographical isolation.  But it seems that active Forge membership does not depend on being part of a local community of other active members.

Those who have met many members of the Forge, have mostly gotten together at conventions.  I liked Jake's comment that the Forge has actually been his main incentive to go to cons. I may be mistaken, but I believe the folks who had the most contacts all have published games.  It makes sense; they would be most likely to attend cons and have the opportunity to meet others from the online community who also make it.

Some people have regular virtual connection through email and online gaming.  And most everyone expressed interest in meeting more members face to face.  

This sounds like a place that creates productive and valuable connections between people, and in which the strong core community that has actually met is inclusive enough to welcome those who have not.  Good job!

Looking forward to meeting many of you in the future!  Mike, we'll have to see if my group can make it to GenCon this year.  I think we'll try and send Vincent as our representative at the very least.  

Emily Care

Title: Re: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: John Wick on December 11, 2002, 12:42:18 PM
Quote from: Emily Care

I'd like to know: Who do you hang out with?

Currently, I game regularly with Matt Colville, Hyrum Savage (both have accounts here, I believe) and Jess Heinig (I don't know if he has one or not). Matt is a dynamo of game design goodness, Hyrum is one of the kindest people I've ever met and Jess is one damn good GM (and creative foil).

I have also gamed with and designed with Jared -- who is one of the most fertile game design minds I've ever met.

I've traded ideas and talked extensively with Scott "Thrym" Knipe, who's WYRD is still one of the coolest effin' rpgs I've ever seen.

I've met and had dinner with Ron a few times (hope to again this con season!) and been dazzled by his intellect -- and his tongue trying to bumble through explaining it while his brain goes five hundred miles too fast.

I've met other people -- Clinton, for example -- but I'm so bad with names and faces, I don't remember who exactly. They could pop up and say, "Me!" and I'd slap my forehead and say, "Oh, yeah! You!" There was this car crash, see... and I hit my head...

All in all, my experiences with meeting people at The Forge has been positive. Very positive, in some cases. I've never regretted becoming a member of this community.

I don't draw ideas from The Forge, really. I have so many in my head already, there's no room for new ones. :)

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Jürgen Mayer on December 23, 2002, 11:36:12 AM
Some of those guys also know me from the last two GenCons, but they won't admit it ;)

Well, I'm not posting as regularly as I used to, due to time constraints, but I haven't forgotten about the Forge. Looking forward to more insane gaming with all of you next GenCon!

(And for all those who haven't seen the old Forge guards yet, here are plenty of pics from the Forge booth: - and for all those who were there: look at them again, it's some nice nostalgia...)

Title: Relationships at the Forge
Post by: Merten on December 25, 2002, 01:45:32 PM


I'm mostly lurking nowadays, and only share the physical connection with the various Finnish Schools Of Roleplaying (tm), and people behind them.