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    An old fan feeling a bit lost....

    I guess you could say that I've been asleep for awhile. Every decade or so, I do a flyby to see what's new in the fandom, but this time around things look completely different from what I remember. It seems that there has been a migration toward social media, and that such is now the go-to place for fandom despite various unseemly revelations about the companies involved. For me, this presents not only an ethical conundrum, but a practical one: My stance on privacy makes it impossible for me to register with such venues, so I find myself largely cut off from the very fandom that could aid as well as benefit from the projects I have in mind. Conversely, the various fora that once were the mainstay of fandom have all but dried up. Frankly, I'm at a loss for where else to try.

    My interests lie primarily in the creation of free role-playing game adaptations of various 1980s franchises, as well as some 3-D modeling of architecture and vehicles from the same. Snippets of my projects can be found on my Gab page (gab.com/1F409), and I'm in the process of posting an extensive piece on The Hyborian Age to a Robert E. Howard forum (swordsofreh.proboards.com/thread/1467/hyborian-adaptation-gurps-fourth-edition) -- though as of late it seems that my IP address got swept up in some sort of ban.

    My focus here will be a game adaptation based on the early mini-comics, plus a long-term goal of producing schematics for life-sized, functional versions of the Battle Ram, prototype Castle Grayskull, and so on. I'd be interested in teleconferencing with fans who are knowledgeable in the early days of MotU. Likewise for other franchises.

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    On behalf of He-Man.org's admin, staff, and moderators, allow me to extend an official Hello and welcome to He-Man.org, 1F409!!

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    Hello! Welcome to the community! Those projects sound really cool! I'm sure you'll be able to find some really knowledgable and helpful fans here, so good luck! We have the best He-Fans and She-Ravers around and as always, we have great ongoing MOTU and POP discussions, so feel free to join in the conversation!

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    Welcome! I'd love to see what you come up with using the original mini-comics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedset13 View Post
    On behalf of He-Man.org's admin, staff, and moderators, allow me to extend an official Hello and welcome to He-Man.org, 1F409!!
    Thanks. I hope my stay will be a productive one.

    Quote Originally Posted by dorrmann View Post
    Welcome! I'd love to see what you come up with using the original mini-comics.
    I've been tinkering with the idea for quite some years. Recently, it occurred to me that we're now experiencing the 40th anniversary of the early franchise, and that I should've planned ahead and released something by now. I have cobbled together a custom set of LaTeX commands for typesetting GURPS material, so I'm generally able to put out the latest draft of my MotU adaptation at a moment's notice. With my e-mail service now offering cloud storage, I'm thinking I might upload the PDFs there, and link to them in posts.

    Of course, that brings us to a possible stumbling block: I've heard that this forum has rather close ties to Mattel, and so there could be an objection to my game adaptation despite its free and fan-made nature. To be frank, I have no interest in the legalities of it; I do the job because it needs to be done, and I offer fair credit for help given. Still, if the corporation were to frown on my project, it's conceivable that I would be asked to refrain from posting here about my work. In such an event, private messaging might remain an option, but it would likely be better for all parties involved to simply take the conversation off-site. (To that end, I'd like to reiterate that teleconferencing would be an effective method for interested parties to brainstorm with me about the project.)

    As for the content of the game adaptation, it's still quite fragmentary -- embarrassingly so, I feel. What makes it shine, though, is my attempt to cite sources and explain choices in the end notes. In that way, it's basically an open-source project, and can only benefit from rigorous discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1F409 View Post
    I guess you could say that I've been asleep for awhile. Every decade or so, I do a flyby to see what's new in the fandom, but this time around things look completely different from what I remember. It seems that there has been a migration toward social media, and that such is now the go-to place for fandom despite various unseemly revelations about the companies involved. For me, this presents not only an ethical conundrum, but a practical one: My stance on privacy makes it impossible for me to register with such venues, so I find myself largely cut off from the very fandom that could aid as well as benefit from the projects I have in mind. Conversely, the various fora that once were the mainstay of fandom have all but dried up. Frankly, I'm at a loss for where else to try.

    My interests lie primarily in the creation of free role-playing game adaptations of various 1980s franchises, as well as some 3-D modeling of architecture and vehicles from the same. Snippets of my projects can be found on my Gab page (gab.com/1F409), and I'm in the process of posting an extensive piece on The Hyborian Age to a Robert E. Howard forum (swordsofreh.proboards.com/thread/1467/hyborian-adaptation-gurps-fourth-edition) -- though as of late it seems that my IP address got swept up in some sort of ban.

    My focus here will be a game adaptation based on the early mini-comics, plus a long-term goal of producing schematics for life-sized, functional versions of the Battle Ram, prototype Castle Grayskull, and so on. I'd be interested in teleconferencing with fans who are knowledgeable in the early days of MotU. Likewise for other franchises.
    Welcome to the forum,
    If social media is not for you, you could always try toy conventions, and even Power-Con.
    Anyway, hope you find here what you are looking for.
    Enjoy the forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by theAncients View Post
    Welcome to the forum,
    If social media is not for you, you could always try toy conventions, and even Power-Con.
    Anyway, hope you find here what you are looking for.
    Enjoy the forum
    Thanks. I doubt I'm up for that level of fandom, though. Thinking over the situation just now, it suddenly struck me how "unnatural" fandom actually is. Oh, sure, as social creatures, we've always looked toward leaders and celebrities, and even coveted items simply because they're popular, but today (arguably, for a few decades, even), things have gotten so much stranger. Entire communities living online, with members once in a while meeting in person at conventions -- family reunions of a sort. Myself, I don't travel much, and anything larger than a small town starts to grate on me after awhile, let alone the casino-style nightlife with all the lights and sounds. Plus, in these online situations, there's such a stigma about discussing topics of everyday importance. I would liken a convention to a window-shopping experience, something interesting to do once in awhile, rather than anything that would add meaning or genuine friendships to my life. Boy, I must sound like a downer!

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    Hello fellow fan, I have meet all kinds of fans young and old.
    Sign me plz! (petition for Dreamworks She-Ra toys)
    https://chng.it/fHKxh4N7Ck

    SPOP 2018 & MOTU:Re 2021 timeline comparison:
    https://www.he-man.org/forums/boards...e-info-(enjoy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catra2017 View Post
    Hello fellow fan, I have meet all kinds of fans young and old.
    Thanks for yet another welcome.

    Let me get your opinion (any of you) on the situation: This isn't a complaint, rather I'm wondering whether I am doing things correctly. I joined up and immediately started talking about my RPG write-up (https://www.he-man.org/forums/boards...Fourth-Edition), hoping to get input from fans of the earliest incarnations of the franchise. I guess I was expecting there would be feedback right away, and I'm not sure what to make of the silence. Maybe I haven't given it enough time, maybe the fans of the old stuff don't hang around here anymore, maybe people are waiting for me to post something of substance before joining in the conversation. Thoughts?

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