May 10, 2009
4Etopia - Returning to Forumland
In general, I hate Forumland...
But 4Etopia might change all that.
It was one of the main reasons why I started blogging about games. In looking for an outlet to discuss games and gaming in an increasing busy life; forums just always came up short. I always felt like they are too big, too noisy, and too impersonal. Blogging provides me with a smaller forum, a more personal interaction with blog readers, and better control of the topics I want to discuss. So, frustrated with the all too common decent into flaming balls of edition wars, I left Forumland about a year ago and all the ugly trolls and munchkins with it. So far, I have yet to see them come to the blogosphere in large numbers - although they do occasionally venture out into the light. Otherwise, I've been pretty happy with this medium.
But now a friend and collaborator of mine has started a new forum - focused on developing an online community dedicated solely to 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. It's called 4Etopia, and its run by the same blogger who created the excellent blog At-Will. While I don't doubt that eventually the trolls and munchkins of Forumland will visit 4Etopia; I'm hopeful that - at least for now - they will also pass by and leave 4Etopia to its own devices. It's a forum created by and most frequented by RPG bloggers and RPG blog readers - this makes it a particularly different forum ecosystem than the megalithic ENWorld or Gleemax forums. So, if you are perhaps interested in finding a new voice and connecting with people with the same interest in the latest version of D&D - head on over to 4Etopia and join in on the discussions!