Today I learned about Facebook and Board Game Geek.
First, I set up a Just Because Games facebook page and made a lot of new friends!
I am happy to have connected with Mike Mihealsick from Coalition Games, Eduardo Baraf from just about everywhere :-), James Mathe from Minion Games, and Keith Matejka from Raven Software!
I also connected with the guys from Shadow Squirrel Games, Phil and Eddie, who I met at this years Milwaukee Protospiel and hope to work with in the future.
And, I connected with some of my family (Mom and Kari).
I really don't understand exactly what is going on Facebook-wise. I don't quite understand posts and how or if people see them. But, it's early days!
You can find me @justbecausegames (I think)
I also learned about Board Game Geek (BGG) and forums. I feel like it's important to try to get a presence in the board gaming community. To that end, I thought I would try posting on forums on BGG. Unfortunately, I had just watched a video from The Dice Tower about 10 things game designers should stop doing. The video was really quite disturbing to me. I usually enjoy videos from The Dice Tower. However, I was offended that in this video it was implied that you can't be a game designer and a game publisher at the same time, or if your game is being rejected by publishers you should stop what you are doing. At least that's how I took it. So, of course, I opened my big mouth and said so.
I think everyone is allowed their own opinions and I'm okay with people saying things that offend me. But, I think I should be able to say I was offended and not have to defend my position. One poster tried to "have a discussion..." about what I said. I think I was being "trolled". That was very uncomfortable. So, I apologized for misunderstanding the video, said I didn't want to discuss the matter, and said I was sorry I wasted the guys time. Kind of a wimpy thing to do on my part I suppose. But I didn't want to say something I would truly regret.
What I have learned is that if you post on a forum, be ready to be second guessed, perceived as offensive, or called just wrong. And, I suppose that's true for blogs, too. Now I just have to figure out how to deal with it. :-)