It's a new year! A new decade! OMG the Inn is almost 10 years old! Bigger OMG I've been here for about 7 of them!
Just wanted to give a shout out to the Innmate class of 2010... those who have recently or are just about to celebrate their first anniversary at the Inn and have made a noticeable impact on making this place more awesome.
Shield Wolf, Ody, Pit F(r)iend, Steelight, and I feel I should grandfather in Tiamat since 2009 was such an anemic year in terms of Inn growth and activity and honestly I didn't pay much attention to the Inn that year due to real life issues.
If 2011 and each coming year brings us more members like the ones above, then the Inn has a very bright future in the new decade.
I tried for a long time not to leave anyone out, but I could only really come up with 5 names that have been absolutely stand-out and are just reaching the point where they stop being considered "the new guy." I've said for years now that to become a "regular" it takes two things: About 1000 posts over the course of a year, give or take; and the ability of a long time member to be able to recognize your name as an active and productive member. All of the above I think qualify and then some.
So this is just my way of saying thanks for being cool people! It's so hard with real life, and it hurts sometimes to think back about how active this place used to be. Chat used to be full almost 24-7, at least 16-5 or so. I still hold out hope we can get back to that point eventually.
So all you guys that recently joined or joined a while ago but only post every so often: Cmon! Start visiting the more social forums! If our games don't seem to be working, at least let's keep the community alive!
I think that indeed that past year has been fruitful in terms of new members. I don't know if you left anybody out, but I'm quite sure you did. All I can say is: if you were left out, don't feel bad, you are awesome too!
I've been staring at this thread long enough, which is to say off and on for the better part of today's web-browsing, just trying to think of a suitable response. First off, I want to second Odyson's sentiments. I humbly thank you as well, Admiral, for the public recognition. *shifts self-consciously in chair* Jeez, I feel like a Private in a room full of Colonels.
When I first joined, such accolades were not my goal. I was too entranced with what a great community there was at Red Dragon Inn. It is still, even after a year, the only such forum in which I participate. Oh, I've looked around at others but for me no place else can compete. Guess I got lucky, really lucky at that, at finding RDI without floundering about in sites that were not active enough or certainly not welcoming enough. That's what is best about Red Dragon Inn. With only a little effort, people just go out of their way to show a new person around and in a short time really invite them into the sense of family we have. So I felt it only natural to do for others what was done for me. *laughs* I still remember giving Odyson the quarter tour of the place and guiding his first steps, as Mr. Conquest did for me. I look on Ody with great pride as I see what a great contributor he's been this past year.
I knew eventually I'd find my place here. True, I'm not active in the actual role-playing aspect of RDI, but if something I post makes you smile or lifts your spirits. . .well, that's just what I do. After a year here, I can't think of anyplace else I'd rather be and shudder to think what my life would be like without this place. You all either keep me sane or add just the right amount of insanity to make life worth it.
Thanks. I mean it.
Posted on 2011-01-15 at 22:05:36.
Edited on 2011-01-15 at 23:43:09 by Pit F(r)iend
Steelight Sage of the Realms Karma: 44/9 1024 Posts
As the third of the mentioned names to post here, I just want to say thanks, on top of what the others have already expressed. I've met a lot of people this year at the Inn. I've even managed to spread the word about my publishing company and my Realms of Twilight setting a bit. Thanks to all for being relatively receptive and not just telling me to shut up and take it to someone who cares. I appreciate it.
I, for once, don't have much to say beyond that so thanks once again, and I'm looking forward to another good year here at the Inn.
wow, 10 years? i remember the OLD OLD OLD Rdinn, back with the classy chainmail background and the bars on the left. then everything crashed, then crashed again, then the site split, then back again, then poof, here we are 10 years later . Congratz everyone and i'm glad to say that the inn is still hustling and bustling about after a whole decade.
Of course I would be one of the last to say thank you for the sentiment, but a hearty thank you it is! I originally joined up here looking for an outlet through which I could play DnD, knowing that this small town would offer little to no possibilities for me to do so with a regular table-top group. I did not expect to, but am proud to say I have, meet so many great people that I would go on to consider good friends. So here's to another great year here at RDI, and another heartfelt thank you!