|Bob Jonquet Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight|
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That's who Michael Eshleman is.
This goes to a philosophy I started to adopt some time last year. That being the idea that we volunteer our time and effort not for Paizo, but for our community. Things come up from time to time that make people upset, be it receiving their con support late or not at all, new rules we don’t like or the banning of something existing, the announcement of 2E, not getting a timely response to an email you’ve send or not liking the response when you do, recent events in the SE region, etc. For some, these are all incidents that make you comsider quiting Pathfinder. I ask you to consider this, do you volunteer or play for the sake of Paizo or for your community? Sure Paizo is the publisher and issues out most of the rewards, but for me, it’s not for them that I volunteer. If Paizo was to diasappear tomorrow or sell the game to another company it wouldn’t matter to me; I would continue to organize games for the players in my community. If I was to be fired as a VO by Paizo, I would still organize and GM in my community. Why? I play this game because I enjoy it and because I have a fondness for the time I spend with the community. I’ve met some of my best friends through OP not the least of which is the love of my life. This community has been centrally important to me for more than a decade. Would I be upset if I was fired from my role for something I didn’t feel I deserved? I’m sure I would be, but I appauld Michael’s decision to continue to be a leader in the community, to organize, to GM, to play. That is what makes all the difference to his community, not some badge on his shirt. For that, Michael has my respect.