Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Aftermath.

A sequel to yesterday's post, not for everyone I'm afraid, just the initiated few. Casual readers please accept my apologies and my assurance that normal service will be resumed tomorrow with a picture of my new space-worm.

My recent 'political' post was a good idea it turns out, I felt better for having written it and I got some excellent public and private messages as a result which meant a lot.

Obviously it may take some time for the message to filter out that I am no longer the enemy to those upon whose toes I stepped when I laid out my thoughts about philosophy, censorship, ownership, commercialisation and management. In the mean time I am simply taking the water off a duck's back approach and hoping to smile(y) my way through any problems.

One thing that cropped up yesterday was the issue of my now legendary public fall-out with the forum. It has been referred to as a 'failed takeover'. Now, let me approach this without any confrontational nonsense. I'm ok with all this being public, because if any resentment lingers amongst those who subscribe to this idea then I think it's important I make at least one effort to address the issue.

The concept of a take-over, or coup, means we have to acknowledge the existence of someone from whom it is possible to wrest control from. I would appreciate clarification on this matter, does anyone claim ownership? Products are being made and sold, miniatures are in production, Oldhammer is a search term on ebay. I make my living in property, boring stuff but it allows me to spend time with my son and wife while paying the bills. I wouldn't know where to start making money out of Oldhammer personally but I would like to know what the future holds for brands like 'Antiquis Malleum' and 'Oldhammer'. Who's the owner/inventor? It is only right that Zhu, author of the Oldhammer Contract, is acknowledged for his part in all this, also those who started the BLOOD forum back in the day deserve our thanks. BLOOD stands for bucket loads of old dice by the way, it was a proposed retro-clone of early edition Warhammer that became superfluous at some point.

I, and many others I sense, credit a small group of high production value blogs for banging the Oldhammer drum and luring them into the scene. These blogs include Realm of Chaos 80s, Warhammer for Adults, Somewhere the Tea's Getting Cold and Erny's Place amongst others. I started up a blog and let my BLOOD forum membership grow very stale indeed in the early days, because this for me was where the action was, the blogosphere. Where then does this leave Oldhammer? The message was starting to change, Zhu's contract and the BLOOD forum were about an ethos from a certain period in British wargaming, whereas the blogs pulling in crowds were concentrating on classic miniatures associated with that period. Blogs are, after all, best when used as a platform for visual information (wry smile).

So, acknowledging our past, where does this leave the subject of ownership? Please let me know if there is one, or if there is likely to be one as it would clear up a lot of confusion. I am very curious, even if I don't have the time (or the required military strength apparently) to run it myself.

Before we go any further, it seems wise to acknowledge that though there are candidates for the role of Oldhammer El Presidente, there is a reluctance to form a consensus of opinion on the matter. Forgive me for stating the obvious.

Moving back to my failed take-over (if only it had worked, think what I could do with over a thousand miniature enthusiasts!), the idea touches on something I mentioned yesterday. The vast majority in the community are looking for easy, user-friendly access to a community that appreciates a mature attitude to gaming and miniatures and don't want to do boring stuff like mod a forum or admin a Facebook page. I'm no different, but I recognise the need for someone to do it and three times now in my life I have accepted a minor role in site management when asked for help. That's not too far onto the megalomaniac scale now is it? Really? If I had an appetite for power I would stand for election against my thieving MP who rode the expenses scandal like a rodeo star thanks to his roots in the community. I am not, however, in this for the power believe it or not.

But what of the evidence? Yes, I associate myself closely with certain people in the community and I am in easy reach to be contacted by them and I never hesitate to offer them support or advice. This is what it means to me to be a friend and I won't change. Does this make us a clique with block-voting power? I've too much integrity for that, as anyone who truly knows me will attest. How do I prove my integrity? Anyone can contact me publicly or privately here, via email or on FB and I will answer any questions they may have. If you can't find a reason to distrust me after we've spoken then I would ask you to give me your trust moving forward.

Thanks for stopping by!


13 comments:

  1. I am new to the Oldhammer community, but pretty active in the OSR for D&D. Has there been a G+ community created for Oldhammer?

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    1. Not yet Mike, G+ is still a new format for bloggers and there has been some opposition to it from those I would affectionately call 'grognards'. I use it myself and am thrilled with the increased readership it has helped me attain, I would love to take it further if time allows.

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    2. Weird the OSR adopted to G+ quickly, but I think that has to do with the ability to play remotely via hangouts. I personally love G+.

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    3. Yeah, it is kind of a missed opportunity I'm thinking now that you've drawn my attention back to G+. I must sort something out in that regard.

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  2. Another well written entry to the Black Hole. I despise the 'I am more Oldhammer than you because...' vibe that has been blowing on the wind recently. There also seems, from some anyway, and obsession with history. As any GCSE student will tell you, history is not definitive but merely a wealth of opinion clinging desperately to the few facts, facts that need interpretation anyway. You want a definitive article, go blog about science or maths. Ultimately, it was the unknown masses that made Oldhammer successful. Namely, YOU, the dear reader who simply surfs his or her way to their preferred destination and enjoys what they see. Let the heavy-weights bicker their meaningless points in their ever decreasing circular arguments and just keep doing what you are doing. Logging on, enjoying, spreading the word to your friends, and of course, enjoying wargaming in your own personal Oldhammer style.

    As for the OVERLORD of Oldhammer? Everyone knows that is now Chico. He owns Oldhammer didn't you know? (;

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  3. People are taking all this far too seriously. It's a game, and a bloody daft one at that.

    We're all adults, spending silly amounts of time, money and energy to paint up little models and push them around a table. That sort of thing needs emphasising more often. It should be fun, not political.

    From a personal point of view, as long as the 'Oldhammer movement' (for want of a better term) has close ties to Foundry, I'll be keeping it at arms length.

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    1. From a personal point of view, I have pretty much reached an understanding with everyone I had hoped too, these articles have been really successful in that regard and a lot of positives have been achieved behind the scenes. I still think there are one or two pernicious ideas about Oldhammer that need careful consideration but only time and tide can change that.

      I understand that you have been let down badly and that the BOYL venue really doesn't suit you at all. I hope we can game together someday though, perhaps at Slayer Gaming? They hosted a Father's Weekend game for us recently and I'm running a Halloween event there this year, details to follow.

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    2. Genuinely surprised to hear people have bad blood with Foundry.

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    3. It's not for me to discuss, suffice to say that when somebody is making an omelette, it sucks to be the egg.

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  4. Damn it, wish I hadn't been too busy painting little men - looks like I missed all the fun and intrigue!

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    1. I sense the impending BOYL '14 event is causing panic in the ranks!

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