"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."
Another interesting week...
And at the risk of overstating the obvious, I feel compelled to point out that I think we've come full circle.
We were here in the beginning, back when someone named Kevin Chen decided to call us out for thinking we could form an alliance of casual players. He seemed to think that, because of the rather vague definition of us as "casual", we'd never be able to reach any kind of consensus opinions, and that the whole idea would be doomed before it even got started. As I recall, he and Tony Scott (aka The Baron) argued about it back and forth for a while.
Ironic, I thought, that he wrote an article a few months later to tell everybody that he'd decided to quit the game entirely, because of his dismay over the changes in the game wrought by 6th edition. Ironic because he choose to condemn the CPA instead of joining us, where he could have given voice to his concerns along with the rest of us, and tried to make a difference.
Interestingly, the CPA is probably the main reason I chose not to quit the game around that time. I saw that there were others around just like me, who loved this game but were extremely disenchanted with the way WotC was handing it, and they wanted to do something about it.
I joined up just as soon as I heard about it.
But for various reasons we've not followed through on the promise made by the Mission Statement. Sure, those reasons had some validity until recently, but the time for excuses is over, and the time for action is now. Only, here we are, all fired up and ready to seize the day, when along come the naysayers again.
"Casual players shouldn't care what WotC does about the game. We all play with 40 card decks and make up our own rules anyway, don't we?"
"Casual players don't play in tournaments anyway. What do we care what the DCI does?"
"What is casual?"
It's Deja vu, all over again.
Ideas such as these seem to be dominating our thoughts lately. And they're coming from within our organization this time, not from the outside. Granted, they were first brought up by our resident pro, Gizmo, but it seems that now even some of our Founders are pondering thoughts like these out loud.
It's funny. I've often referred to the more active members on the Board, myself included, as the "vocal minority of the forgotten majority", meaning casual players everywhere, with reference to WotC. Now, that's been turned around to say that the "silent majority" of casual players everywhere thinks we should just leave it all alone and forget about trying to influence WotC.
I'm still trying to figure out how we arrived at that conclusion, since, by definition, the "silent majority" hasn't said anything, one way or another. Maybe they thought about it real hard, and the more psychic among us just picked up on it. I don't know.
Or maybe they agree with the notion that we should be trying to get involved more directly with these issues, and they're not saying anything because they don't really have anything to add. It's been stated elsewhere that that might be the reason people sometimes don't reply to points made on the Boards, and in the articles.
It's hard for me to say, since I'm not psychic.
Which is why I suggested we should put the Mission Statement up for a vote. Let the "silent majority" point and click their way to letting us know their true feelings. If they believe in the Mission Statement, and want us to continue our quest for input into this great game, they'll vote yes for ratification of the document. If they feel that all is well in the game, and that we should back off, they should tell us so by voting no, and we'll know we need to re-evaluate our stance.
The site has evolved into far more than it was intended to be, it's true. It's a terrific place to come now for Magic talk, both serious and relaxed. I think the site can function both ways, much as it is now, AND provide casual players everywhere with a way to express our concerns directly to WotC in a professional manner, but that's only my opinion.
I'd be very interested in hearing yours, both the vocal ones and the silent ones.
See you in the Voting Booth.
TomB on the CPA BB
"I do not teach. I simply reveal."
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