1. There is a small group of regulars who dominate the postings in the General Discussion forum.
2. That small group is smaller than the regulars who post on the AE forum and more often than not their posts are content free zones. There is very little cross forum postings.
3. AE regulars clearly spend time playing AE. For many of the General Discussion regulars, despite their often boisterous claims, it is not obvious that they actually spend much time playing games. Very few seem to be interested in the more complex Matrix games, nor do they seem to apply themselves to coping with complexity.
4. Far too many over there just like to bump up their post numbers. Consequently they love to repeat ad infinitum sterile positions, tilting at windmills (as if the current Slitherine management is going to change any of the practices which they have run for the last decade), and availing themselves of being unnecessarily abusive to each other which they may think is humorous but in fact is not at all.
5. People come to the AE forum for assistance in how to play the game. Newbies generally receive prompt and polite attention. Most threads here are content full. This all sets a certain unspoken standard which is generally adhered to whereas there is no focus on the General Discussion forum.
6. I'm certain most of the AE regulars have a view on Sitherine's pricing policy. But it is a pointless subject to discuss. AE regulars don't regularly splurge out on buying too many other Matrix products per annum. The unit cost is high but the cost per gaming hour is incredibly low so what is the point of complaining. The amortisation cost of AE is incredible low; those on the General Discussion forum who complain have much higher amortisation costs because of the nature of the games they purchase and their too easy cast off approach.
7. I've tried to follow Slitherine's pricing arguments and they are just plain wrong but their error will not be obvious to them for several years. They conflate initial stock pricing with back catalogue pricing. They fail to directly address links to other game developers/publishers who demonstrate their product life cycle revenues which contradict Slitherine's position. Those are links to other so called "niche" markets/products too. No other industry operates how Slitherine claims market demand and supply operates. No marketing class supports Slitherine's assertions. But ultimately it is all irrelevant. If I want a game of the standard of AE I have no option but to come here (hint hint Symon there would be a true niche market for a commercial version of DaBabes) and because of the factors mentioned in point 6, the cost is acceptable.
8. And no, I'm not really interested in going over the same sterile arguments re pricing here.
Thanks for this fascinating insight into the world of the General Discussion Forum. You will be amazed to realise that some of us who frequent that forum can actually read. On second thoughts I suspect you knew that and can therefore only assume that you don't care how insulting your post was; full of sweeping generalisations and untruths.
and more often than not their posts are content free zones.
Really? Or may be you are confusing a bit of light-hearted fun with a content free zone.
Speaking for myself I have begun a few threads that have proved of interest and I think describing them as "content free zones" is unfair. Note: we are talking about a General Discussion Forum; i.e. General topics - not just war and wargames. Some of the threads that I have started (and are still going strong) are:
- Latest film/documentary/program you are watching
- Latest Book you are reading
- There is a football (soccer) thread and a Motor Racing thread.
- A music thread (not started by me) is one of the most popular.
Personally I have got a lot from these - the book thread and the music thread in particular where I have read/listened to books/music I would not ordinarily have done.
Admittedly the Australian Beauties thread CAN be largely described as a content free zone - but you may recall that when I brought WWII naval vessels into that thread, the response (with the exception of a few WITPAE regulars - for which much thanks) was staggeringly silent. Indeed one WITP-AE forum member decided to set up his own thread on the same subject here. Plain rude.
There is very little cross forum postings.
Well that is simply not true of the regulars such as myself, Orm and parusski to name just three. There are others.
For many of the General Discussion regulars, despite their often boisterous claims, it is not obvious that they actually spend much time playing games.
Thanks again, but wrong. parusski, Orm and myself have been/are beta testers for games. We are all players of a number of Matrix games.
Very few seem to be interested in the more complex Matrix games, nor do they seem to apply themselves to coping with complexity.
Please re-read that sentence and tell me you are not embarrassed by it. Could you be more condescending? Even if that was true, so what if complex games are not for everyone? BTW I don't think World In Flames is exactly beer and pretzels.... nor is WITE.
Far too many over there just like to bump up their post numbers
You know that do you? You would never raise the subject of that "heinous" crime with members of The Thread would you?
People come to the AE forum for assistance in how to play the game. Newbies generally receive prompt and polite attention. Most threads here are content full. This all sets a certain unspoken standard which is generally adhered to whereas there is no focus on the General Discussion forum.
Yes I would agree that in general this is a very, very good forum and this is one of five that I regularly visit. There is a great knowledge base here and I have had many a question answered by some of the more helpful people and had some good debates. I only got my sig line thanks to help provided by guys on this forum. However, this forum too has its ..er... "characters"....
Just to finish. Maybe one or two would consider visiting the GD forum occasionally. I am sure your input would be welcomed. There are a few that do already from time to time and their presence is very much appreciated.
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