Shutting Down the Forums

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Matt Barton
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Hi, folks. I've been wondering lately whether we even really need these forums. They seem to be inactive most of the time, with most of the attention on the frontpage blog posts. There are also plenty of other great forums out there that people enjoy, such as Monroeworld Forums, Atari Age, English Amiga Board, and so on. The question is, do we even need these forums here?

I'd like to take them down because they're mostly inactive and seem to serve little purpose. We could obviously keep the blog comments going and encourage other people to sign up to discuss things there. I'm only talking about these discussion forums.

Do you agree? Disagree? If you think they should stay up, I'd like to hear your thoughts on why they should stay up and how we could get better use out of them.

Thanks,

Matt

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phantasie sux

GASP!!! I cannot believe you would say that! I know the music was subpar and combat was ridiculously hard, but the game itself still is a fun game to play.

Wait, wait wait. I didn't respond correctly did I? Lemme try that again

OMFGWTFBBQSAUCE!!!!11!! GTFO1!11!!!

Ahem... was that any better?

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Length
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Two things we never criticize around here are opinions or length. As for the former, though, you just have to be ready to argue your point and be able to do it in a friendly, mature manner, because more likely than not, you will be argued with... ;-)

phantasie sux lulz

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Thanks Nathaniel and clock

Thanks Nathaniel and clok for your D&D knowledge! Saved me from turning my new berserker "Guts" into a wussy half-cleric.

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Two things we never criticize

Two things we never criticize around here are opinions or length. As for the former, though, you just have to be ready to argue your point and be able to do it in a friendly, mature manner, because more likely than not, you will be argued with... ;-)

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post away
ironmaidenrule wrote:

Thanks for the info regarding blog posts, I do write up some articles for other retro sites. It maybe something I put some time into, although the quality of your blogs/articles are vastly better constructed and written, than the half-baked dribblings I come up with.

I love reading posts from anybody, agree or disagree, some of us are not as gifted at gettig our point across, but heck... who cares. I worry I write mini novels everytime i reply or post.. but I guess its becuase I care about the subject matter, and like everybody, have an opinion i like to share.

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Hey, don't say that..
ironmaidenrule wrote:

It maybe something I put some time into, although the quality of your blogs/articles are vastly better constructed and written, than the half-baked dribblings I come up with.

Hey don't say that. If I can write something somewhat informal and it can make it to the front page, then I'm certain anything you could write, or anyone else out there would be infinitely better. You have nothing to fear. I just had a few ideas I wanted to put out there and if anyone looked at it, very cool. I was surprised and humbled that it made it to the front page in any way, shape or form. You should do the same. I always check to see what has been recently posted by checking latest posts, so even if something isn't posted to the front page, you can bet that I will read it, and if I have anything I can add or ask about I will not hesitate to do so. Winston Churchill said it best with, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." I know that's not exactly how he said it, but it's kinda close.....

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ironmaidenrule
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Blog Posts

I think the UK-centric part of the magazine is something they are trying to address, I have noticed they have dropped the price of the U.S Subscription and also hired a few new US based contributors to write up some articles regarding US hardware and games, that never made it or was not that popular in the UK.

Thanks for the info regarding blog posts, I do write up some articles for other retro sites. It maybe something I put some time into, although the quality of your blogs/articles are vastly better constructed and written, than the half-baked dribblings I come up with.

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Retro Gamer

I am on there and have posted in the past (and am a fan of the magazine, though it's too expensive to import), though it's naturally more UK-centric. We're not necessarily looking for contributions, per se, just feedback to various things we do or post. With that said, anyone and everyone is always welcome.

By the way, ironmaidenrule, anyone came create a forum topic OR blog post. It's just a matter of how the blog post is constructed and what the contents are if it gets promoted to the front page.

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ironmaidenrule
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Retro Gamer Forums UK

Don't know if anybody else is a registered member, but there is a large retro community over here at:

http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/

Have you tried looking for any new members over there, lots of people contribute articles and views to other retro sites, they may be interested in contributing to Armchair Arcade.

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Baldur's Gate only used AD&D

Baldur's Gate only used AD&D 2nd Edition, and Baldur's Gate 2 used some of the subsets of 3e, such as the monk class. They still were very strict in their rules use. What you are talking about as dual classing is actually multi-classing. Dual classing is where you stop progressing in one class and proceed to progress in another. Multi-classing is where you level both at the same time.

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