Jeff, I agree with all your well-said points about the tribe and friends and all. Pleased to see that our list of important friends is nearly indentical. BUT, you left me out, ON PURPOSE I'm sure, and have thus incured my enmity. For this insult I'm not going to tell you what Ines told me Claudia (S) said about you, and the nice related bits which I'm still grinning about. I'll rub it in more at the con. And I'll all the more enjoy your crushing defeat in the drinking contest as you writhe in your own puke while I open a new rum (Inner Circle 76%) for Claudia (L), who'll still be fully navigable.
Although this is the Immoderate list, I'd like to thank Tim for his reasoned and calm approach to this issue. I appreciate it sincerely, and figured I've give my two cents on this.
The reason there were five hard copies and ten or fifteen soft copies made is because that's what the Con organizers wanted. Greg and I wanted to help Tentacles and Continuum out whatever way possible - these conventions are IMO the heart and soul of Glorantha as a tribe, which I for one value much higher than Glorantha as a roleplaying game setting or as a source of geeky obsessive esoterica. That's my own opinion - not Greg's, not Issaries, and not Moon Design. I remain involved in Glorantha (which is the only roleplaying setting I have any interest in) because of the friends that I have made through the Seattle Farmers, through Moon Design and Issaries, and most importantly, through the conventions. Friends like Rick Meints, Nick Brooke, MOB, David Hall, Fabian, Loz, Dan Barker, Colin Philips, Lewis Jardine, Simon Bray, Sandy Petersen, Joerg, Greg, Andre, Ingo, Claudia Loroff, Tressy, and many many more that I really should have included.
So when Fabian and Simon wanted fundraising pieces, I was only too happy to comply. If they wanted to make only five copies, that was just fine with me. If they wanted to make one hundred copies, that was fine with me. If they wanted to make only one copy and bury it in a vault for twenty years, that's fine with me. Because at the end of the day, I am not in this for the money, I am in this for my friends and not for money.
I know the Conventions cost a lot of money to go to - it ain't cheap to fly from Seattle to Germany or to the UK. But the Conventions really are important. I never would have spent the amount of time and energy that I have if it wasn't for the friends I have made.
Maybe this is elitist or clubby, but frankly I don't care. I've made a diverse group of friends through the conventions and I want to support them in whatever way I can. I hope that explains my perspective.
Thanks again -
PS. I forgot to add - Peter, go fuck yourself.
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