Well if my reputation for being a typing madman is earned then we are
the same boat.
First of all, I did not specifically call you a hypocrite. I said that those
people who have been trashing Joels store with relentless fury and
yet have gone to his store and purchased stuff from him or attended
his games are acting very contrary to their words and the spirit of
intent of those words and their emotions. Bottom line is if you are
going to take a verbal stand then see it all the way through. Don't
half ass it. Now as to including you in calling you a hypocrite you are
wrong. As a matter of fact, I specifically spoke to Ralph, The Godfather of DnD in Miami, and Monica
on the phone yesterday and I mentioned that the one thing I can say
about your behavior towards Joel since that incident is that you have
been utterly consistent and a man of your word. You said you would
not attend or promote his store and you have done so. I even gave
you credit for sticking to your guns and that the others who feel as
you do should follow your example. When you said "No" to Joel and
his store, you meant it and you have demonstrated this & I respect
you for this. If you choose not to beleive me then call Ralph, The Godfather of DnD in Miami, or
Monica and ask them yourself.
As to what is done against Joels store, I will try to be clear ONCE
AGAIN on this. I have no problem with you giving your opinion of
Joel's store to someone, even if you trash his store and say all the
laundry list of horrible things he has done, whether true or percieved.
If Peter, Adolpho, or anyone else wants to do this then fine. If you
or they choose not to go to his store then fine. Again, I have no
problem with this. However, any act of aggression such as walking
into Joels store and going off like some game show anouncer or info-
mercial about the other store with the reason being to humiliate
him and destroy his
store which is his livelihood and business is IMHO flat out wrong and
I'm not the only one who feels this way. The new store's emergence
is the victory those who don't like Joel or his store were looking for. It
is the alternative location that apparently caters to gamers in way
that Joel has either not done or been percieved to have failed to do
for many years. The dependance on Sunshine is no more. So any
form of overt aggression with intent to destroy his business in IMHO
unnecessary and the tactics of a bully. I intend to support the new
store but I will not engage in wanton vengeance against Joels store.
Let them compete and let the chips fall where they may.
But when someone asks me for my opinion about his store and what he has to offer, I most certainly will share my experience. Why? Because word of mouth is free. He generates his own reputation based on the actions he has chosen to commit.
You are correct and your opinion of him is your right. You may express
it as you wish but walking into his store in the middle of a tournament
and going off in the name of the other store and blasting him in front
of his clients while on the property that he is paying rent on is wrong.
If you want to tell people the expereinces you had with Joel, even if
they are mostly bad then go for it. However, even freedom of speech
can be a weapon of abuse and it is not absolute. Otherwise you could
say the word "bomb" on a plane without issue or yell "Fire" in a crowded
movie theater and not be prosecuted for the people who are hurt or
killed when the trample ensues. Oddly, we agree more than you think
on this matter. I just find it strange that you seem to think otherwise.
And as for Ralph, The Godfather of DnD in Miami, and the ganging up part, those were his words to me
so point the gun somewhere else. He said he felt pressured, backed
into a corner, and uncomfortable having three people hammer him
about Joel, his store, and the many sins associated with it. Take that
up with him and don't kill the messenger.
You can feel sympathy for him, but don't be altruistic about what he is. Call a spade a spade.
Indeed I do. I feel sympathy for someone who is trying to maintain a
business that supports their family and has people putting the proverbial
knives to his throat, whether the blades were earned or not. Despite all
his mistakes, him paranoia, his poor decisions, I have 20 years of
history with the store and I think keeping it open as another source for
gamers to go to IF THEY WANT is not a bad thing. However, Joel is a
victim of many of his own poor decisions and to a certain degree, his
inflexibility as well as his paranoia. Those decisions carry consequences
and at the end of the day we must answer to them - in this I think we
agree. However, as I said earlier and to quote Batman to Rhaza-ghul
" I will not kill you but this time I will not save you either." I do not
think it is alot ot ask that people go about the matter of the Sunshine &
the new store co-existing with the spirit of this quote in mind.
Lastly, since we are on the topic of standing by your words, here's a
bit of news that might interest you. I distinctly remember you saying
that you would not have anything to do with Michael Jones in any way
due to your differences with him. Well I also know that you signed up
to play the special mission that is for Larry Crieger and the formation
of a Temple of Mayhayeine ( I probably mispelled her name ). Well
just to let you know, Michael Jones is apparently not only going to write
that special misison but he is apparently going to run it as well. Thus
I am curious to see where you convictions fall in this regard. Better for
you to know now than later Ramon.
You have my phone number. Call my cell if you want to talk about this
in a more private setting. I had hoped to leave this alone until Saturday
when I went to the new store and talk to Peter and especially Adolpho
who was a bit "peeved" by my comments but your extensive posts
on this matter twisted my arm and I felt the need to at least respond
to some of your points and clear the air. I will once again ATTEMPT to
leave this matter alone until Saturday.
Signed- Rene' Alfonso