There are times when I have to just walk away from board game discussions because people with opinions totally wreck the fun of having these discussions.
For example: Michael Barnes of Fortress Ameritrash.
I’ve been a member of the Boardgame Geek for such a long time that at one point, I had forgotten my password since my browser had automatically logged me in every time. When my old computer died and I had to restart all over, I had to remake my profile and ask Audie to delete my old one (which he did). Back to the point – I ran into Mike Barnes rather early in my tenure over there. My first impression was not a great one, but at least I thought he was somewhat original and stuck to his point. I also ran into Mr. Skeletor whose fate is similar to that of Mr. Barnes, and I liked that guy, too.
What happened was this – Mike Barnes began to literally rip into everything that didn’t fit his perfectly molded view of reality pertaining to board games. He made gaming companies who were profitable by rehashing old fantasy cliches his mortal enemies, and by association, all those who liked those companies and their games became his enemies as well. I am a fan of the Descent/Runebound games by Fantasy Flight Games, and Mike hates those games and that company (for his own retarded, sociopathic reasoning). So eventually, we began to bump heads a lot, usually the discussions falling into Mike using degrading insults and strong language to try and force me to stop arguing with him. He carried that same behavior across many threads and articles on the Boardgame Geek.
I can say that I’m not perfect, and I used to do that. I used to troll a lot. When I was an Internet forum noob, that is.
Eventually, as when dealing with tiresome people such as Mike, the moderators banned Mr. Barnes. And Mr. Skeletor (although I have a feeling that Mr. Skeletor didn’t really care and loved being the “blah blah blah go away” type of person) was banned a little while later. So they quickly hopped over to Fortress Ameritrash. Mike Barnes kept debasing and being belligerent while being self-righteous in a pompous scholarly way without fear of reprisal (since he is somewhat a moderator of the site). Mr Skeletor merely trolls him without fear of reprisal due to Mike’s rules, which – to me – is hilarious.
The Banning of Mike Barnes* apparently pissed off a few members of the Boardgame Geek. But as I always say – you are beholden to the owners of the site, and if they ban you, it’s within their rights to do so. Time investment does not give you any RIGHTS to control the direction of the site, i.e. even if you spent countless hours on their site, adding to their community, you don’t auto-magically get the right to tell the moderators/owners how to conduct their site. Audie and his chosen mods have the right to ban who they please, control material as they wish and write the rules.
So Mike Barnes and his “D&D clones are fucking pieces of s**t and I hope companies who make the clone games die in a fire,” attitude (and people like him) can suck it. That’s your opinion, and it isn’t any more valid than anyone else’s. Your pompous pseudo-intelligent babble and self-righteous attitude is abrasive and unnecessary. I’m glad you got banned, and I’m sorry that Mr. Skeletor got banned. Save that Mr. Skeletor is now over at Fortress Ameritrash making your life miserable. LOL
*The Banning has its own ballad on the Boardgame Geek forums, which sparked yet another discussion of how “heavy-handed” the moderators are on the BGG. Not that those people bitching have any sort of platform to stand on – at no point does Audie or the others say that they will be fair and balanced. They aren’t Fox News, dipshits.