|Bob Jonquet RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight|
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it is the tone
Perhaps that is the crux of the issue. If anyone is reading tone into posts, they are making a mistake. Of course, I cannot speak for anyone else, but my approach to this is clinical. I have a lot of passion for PFS, but not for any specific rule (in fact there are number of them I wholly disagree with). I am interested to see how CORE is going to work out and since the decision to roll it out has already been made, I have hopes it will work and will endevour to make it so. However, I am not married to the concept and if it doesn't work, I will not force it on players I organize for, nor will I support its continuation.
Possibly better would be "Your fears are justified and valid. There is every possibility that what you fear will come to pass. But none of us want that. We will do whatever we can to prevent that from happening. If your fears do, in fact, become the reality, then we will reverse course on this plan. We all care about the PFS community as much as you obviously do. We are here to support it, and to support you and your needs."
While not using those specific words that is exactly what we are trying to say.
After reading 1000+ posts over multiple threads and forums, the only conclusion I can come up with is that there is nothing we can say to appease the people with concerns, especially the ones who are die-hard against CORE. It seems the only solution is to let them vent and hope their fears will be assuaged when (hopefully) the program works. That doesn't mean I/we don't care about their concerns, it just means if there is nothing we can do or say to make a difference, then the best approach might be to remain quiet on the subject.