I wrote posts about the random generation of maps, which I know someone did have use for as they told me a couple years later. I ranted against modules (nothing new), which would eventually lead to my making a deal with James Raggi and my attempt to run Death Frost Doom. But that's another month.
The most significant event of that September was my spitting in the face of Alexander of the Escapist - following an obscure offer on his part to somehow be part of the online magazine that he still runs (so far as I know). The initial meeting began with this post, in a conversation between Zak and I. Basically, Alexander offered,
"I wasn't envisioning that the material would go up on "my" website (The Escapist). I'm assuming material would go up on a to-be-named website, at another domain name, unaffiliated with The Escapist (wiki.DandDAcademy.com or whatever).
"It would simply run on spare bandwidth and capacity that we have on The Escapist - Basically we pay a lot of money every month for a server and database capable of handling a million people downloading videos on Wednesday morning, which means that the rest of the week we have lots of idle capacity, and there's nothing this wiki could do to put a dent in that."
I remember looking at that, four years ago, and looking at the website for the Escapist, thinking, "What an immense pile of crud." That was more or less it. Maybe there was an opportunity there, but somehow I couldn't see myself affiliated with a site that promoted spewed infantile entertainment. For free. I saw it (and still see it) as a sleazy attempt to exploit my material without offering me any real compensation, while practically guaranteeing that I would never be taken seriously. That's my name associated with that website - and while Zak has no trouble being one of the infantile crowd, or having everyone in the world know he wallows in the world of porn manufacture, I find myself seeking a somewhat better crowd of supporters.
There were, however, consequences. Many people who felt the jury was still out on me declared me guilty after that. Doors were closed. A flood of people directed from Zak's side of the community stopped coming around, stopped commenting. The first attempt at a data base would die a sour, lingering death and I would lose a lot of faith. Many of the bitter posts that came from me over the next year would have their roots in my sense that the community as a whole had it's head in a dark place.
That's changed. I've seen far too much positive support these last four years to question my decision. I don't know what the future holds - but it isn't being part of a joint effort. I wouldn't want it, knowing that I'm on the cutting edge. The only thing holding me back is time.