[RQ-RULES] FW: RPGA hostile takeover

From: mike bate (mbate@jbarnsleycranes.com)
Date: Tue 07 Sep 1999 - 11:41:45 EEST


A friend sent me this worrying report from Gen Con UK.

Philip Hibbs http://www.snark.freeserve.co.uk/
Opinions expressed may not even be my own, let =
alone those of any organisations, nations, species, =
or schools of thought to which I may be affiliated.

> -----Original Message-----
> =
> For those of you who did not know (which is probably none), 3 years ago
> TSR =
> went chapter 11 adn was bought by WoC. The RPGA was left in a state of
> flux, =
> but the regular staff and volunteers carried on, and so a Euro GEn Con =
was
> =
> managed that year.
> =
> Since then the RPGA has been allowed to keep it's independence (a v.good =
> thing), however with in the last week, Wo0C have forcefully taken over
> both the =
> DCI (their own equivalent group to the RPGA) and the RPGA. Up to this
> point =
> the RPGA have always been able to defend the rights of the roleplayer.
> WoC =
> are already moving behind the scenes to make major changes which will =
most
> =
> likely result in RPGA prices (for membership, cons., and sponsered =
events)
> =
> becoming far more expensive, and the use of the steering committee
> (volunteered =
> by none RPGA/TSR/WoC employed individuals) scrapped - or their advice at =
> least ignored. As a result, after the award ceremony the following
> announcements =
> were made :-
> =
> John Brown, who has been the RPGA coordinator for 6 years now (and who =
> lives, works, sleeps RPGA) has resigned his post effectiv first thing =
this
> morning.
> =
> The RPGA steering committee have all resinged on mass.
> =
> The main group of volunteers (including the likes of Ratty, Twin, Sad (I
> think)
> and Jan have all withdrawn their support.
> =
> The above, along with several of the other major names in the UK
> roleplaying
> scene are all quiting from the RPGA as members.
> =
> All these people would only have taken steps like this as a last resort
> for they
> know how damaging this is to the UK roleplaying scene, which just shows =
> how serious WoC attitude has become towards the RPGA.
> =
> G. <who was as stunned as most the other people there?
> =

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