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Fear
By Tom Bergmann
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Tom Bergmann


"If a client doesn’t get sweaty palms, go back and do it over. Fear is one of the surest indicators that what you’re about to do just might be great."
-Peter Lloyd


Fear. Isn't that what The Magic Jackal accused us of feeling, in one of his first posts to the board? Fear of change, he called it, when he realized we had banded together primarily because we were mad about some of the things WotC had done to our favorite game, and we didn't want to take it lying down.

Naturally, I lit into him with a rather scathing response, since fear of change has NEVER been my MO, and I felt his comments were completely wrong and totally out of line.

See, at work I'm known as the guy who's always looking for a better way to do things. I'm usually involved with problem solving teams, have started a few of them myself, and generally I am the one my co-workers go to when they think they've found a better way to do things and need to work out the kinks.

So change is something I am familiar with. I'm usually all for a problem solution idea, provided the proposed solution actually solves a problem.

But if no problem exists, or if the solution not only fixes a minor problem but proposes to change several unrelated processes for no good reason as well, I do tend to object. I do not approve of change just for the sake of change, in and of itself.

Which is what I think WotC did with the changes they have wrought in this game over the last couple years.

Of course, to be fair, I was the one who got jumped on next, and by our host, no less, for being too negative. I'll concede that my response may have been a little too scathing, but then, I was angry at having been accused of being something I have never been.

Afraid of change.

Quiet week on the Boards. Quiet week in the Voting Booth too. Only 40 of us (as of this writing) have submitted our opinions concerning the Mission Statement so far. While that's a decent turnout, all things considered, it's somewhat less than I had hoped it would be, considering the importance of the subject.

Still, a few trends seem to have emerged. Roughly 77.5% of us want a Mission Statement of one sort or another. Judging by the comments in the Issues forum, most of us seem to approve of most of it. The part that some of us would like to see re-written has been identified, and I think most of us who like it just as it is could live with those changes.

And I think it should get that re-write, since 55% of us do not approve of it as is. A Mission Statement that doesn't reflect the true feelings of it's people, and their purpose, simply isn't valid. So I'll post something on the topic the Baron started in the Issues forum (in fact, I just did ), and I encourage anyone who has something to say about it to go there and say it.

Don't be afraid. Change is good. At least, change that is needed is good. BTW, speaking of change, I'll be posting a fresh voting topic in the Booth tonight, after I'm done with this. I'm going to go with "Size/Speed of Sets", I think, since that's the topic that had the most responses in the post Dune Echo had in the Voting Forum.

Anyone who wants to can still vote on the Ratification Proposition. Just click on the "Voting Booth" link on the Main page, and it will appear there, along with several other older topics, and it'll be there for at least another month or so. I'll try to post a final tally somewhere on all the voting subjects as they're being phased out after about 2 months, as an FYI for all of us.

So let's move on to the vote on Set size/speed. I'm anxious to see what you all think!

Tom Bergmann
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CPA Member

"I do not teach. I simply reveal."
-Daudi, Femeref tutor

TomB11061@aol.com

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