It’s amusing that some people out there in the universe think that I’m some kind of devil.

I’m trying to grasp what it is about me that’s so evil. Maybe others can help guide me to the light.

Is it that I’ve changed web designs and upset the game theme so many times over the years?

Is it that I’m occasionally blunt to the point of rudeness in text communication?

Is it that Neidermeyer never quite seems to stay dead?

Is it that I taint the “pure” roleplayer’s habitat with MMO-style achievement opportunities, such as badges and belts?

Is it that I have the temerity to seek ways to get my game development hobby (job) to pay for itself?

Is it that there’s some perception that I play favorites with people?

Is it that people think I’m a snob? Or that I’m not snobby enough?

Or is it that I kick puppies, eat kittens, and steal candy from babies?

I’m not perfect. Far from it. I am flawed. I’m always looking for ways to improve and grow.

To those who like me: Hi.

To those who hate me: Hi.

To those who fear me: Boo!

To those who just don’t care: How did you manage to read this far? Good on you.

To everybody: No matter what differences we might have had in the past, know that I wish nothing but the best for you now and in the future. I can’t say I’ll forgive and forget every offense committed against me any more than I’d expect you to give me a pass on any slights, perceived or real, that I’ve committed against you. But, for what it’s worth, everybody’s got value.

One of the reasons I started this blog and initiated facets of it such as the Between-the-Lines posts was to give a more transparent view of how I work and what makes me tick. It’s my hope that this helps alleviate the idea that I’m some kind of monster. Or not. Like I said, it IS sort of amusing to hear that you’ve made that kind of impact – especially when you consider the source.

I leave you with this exchange from one of my favorite movies:

Norrington: You are without doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.
Jack Sparrow: But you have heard of me.