So far, there have been many reactions to my “Chess is Not an RPG” article. Some of them have been thoughtful and for those, I’m very appreciative.
Others have amounted to little more than “UR WRONG!” with some very colorful language here and there. When I join these conversations and inquire about their claims, they quickly back off. Even internet anonymity can’t give them enough courage to stand up.
One reader criticized me for not allowing comments. I have to show a little bit of embarrassed honesty here: I did not know I needed to turn the feature on. I’ve only just started using WordPress and I had no idea that feature wasn’t automatic. Thus, I’ve turned comments on. Despite the fact that he said so rather rudely, I thank him for pointing that out.
Of course, I really shouldn’t expect anything else from Teh Intarwebs, and I didn’t. Honestly, I expected a few friends to read the article. As it turns out, a few thousand people read it. That surprised me. It was something I spent about an hour writing, edited quickly, then put it up for public consumption, disagreement and discussion. It was intended to be a first draft for Rincon’s GM conference, coming up in a week. It was little more than a freestyle writing exercise. I intended on shaping it up better, but now it’s out there in it’s base, rough form.
So far, it’s gotten over 4,000 “likes” and over 10,000 views. That’s a lot for my little website.
After the talk, I’ll put up a more thorough and well-thought out version. Or, maybe I’ll just let this one stand the way it is. If not crude and a bit of a ramble at times, at least it was honest.
Again, to those who made thoughtful responses, my gratitude. I stand behind the philosophy that honest and respectful disagreement is the best path to progress.
If only we could get the folks in Washington to hear that…