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Recent post by dedgren, explaining the goal of 3RR here

I can't count the number of times I have received PMs from folks who tell me that they really like 3RR, but they feel they can't comment on the thread itself because

  1. )They haven't read the whole thing from the beginning and don't want to sound like they don't know what they are talking about.
  2. )They tried to keep up, but fell behind at page 142 and finally threw up their hands.
  3. )They aren't somehow officially involved in collaboration, so they don't know whether it's OK to comment or not.
  4. )They               [fill in the blank]              , so they're not sure if a comment               [fill in the blank]              .


Now, as we are all 3RR Regulars* here, and that's officially or otherwise, I'm going to let everyone in on a little secret...


...ready?...

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...promise you won't tell?...

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...really, really?...

...OK-shhhhhhhhhh!

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I make all this up as I go along.

Now that the terrible secret is out, let's reflect on what is its significance. Three Rivers Region, for starters, is not a Mayor's Diary anymore, to the extent that it ever was one. jeroni, in his infinite wisdom, gave me the space and flexibility to move it to its own little home in the forums off by itself... hmmmm-

...makes it easier to keep an eye on that way- never thought of that...

...so, unlike that genre's usual paradigm, there really is no start point and direction to this thing. There's nothing, for instance, you need to read on page 12 that you need to know in order to take in page 212, which will shortly become is now the current page. We do here whatever strikes our fancy- I go off on tears from time to time, that's true. But you don't need to be up to speed here in order to leave a remark about something that catches your fancy or your attention.

Three Rivers Region is also not a literature club, poetry society or some other highbrow exercise that you need an invite to participate in. It's like, hi- I'm David. I'd like to know your first name, too- it's easier for me to address you as a friend by calling you Bob or Sue or Erik or Han than "EmergencyCode23-19." I know that this seems to violate one of the basic rules of fansite participation...

...if I tell you my real name, bad things will happen to me, like receiving pizza I didn't order and getting personally addressed spam from folks who want to enlarge your, wha' the heck! ...nevermind...

...but, hey- this is a SC4 fansite. We're all special here- servants of the secret fire of Maxis, as it were. You know you can trust me- hey, I'm a lawyer! If you want to know, btw, more about me than is good for you, click here [linkie]. Don't say you weren't warned.

But, yes- 3RR imho first and foremost is a place for me to hang out on the Internet with friends. And that's anyone who posts here- consider that your invitation if you need one.

"Yeah, but you're an Administrator and if I post anything foolish or not slavishly complimentary in 3RR you'll ban me and then say bad things behind my back." Now, why would anyone ever get that idea? Now, as a matter of fact, someone who knows me better than that just called my current entry over on the pic contest [linkie] "boring and lifeless."...

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...no, it doesn't matter to me where you put the body- the dumpster's fine...

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See, I'm not fazed a bit. Nobody's banned. Nobody's on Double-Secret Probation. Come on- give me 'yer best shot...

...where was I?...

I'll tell you something about being an Administrator here- I check my God-like power over your mortal existence at the door when I enter this thread. Nobody can ever say they've been treated poorly here at SC4D over anything that was posted in 3RR. The reverse is also true- you can post here every day, say all the wonderful things about me that you want, and if you break jeroni's rules, well... there you go.

At SC4D, we are really proud that every administrator not only actually plays SC4 (four of the five of us have had MDs or equivalent projects), but that each has, in his own way, worked hard to create custom content for the game. Three Rivers Region is a way that I can be best accessible to you. I read every comment here carefully, and try hard, if I can't do something myself, to at least keep those who might be able to act on them aware of all the ideas and suggestions that you give me. The comment that isn't left might have been the next wide curve set, or ploppable water enhancement. Again, trust me, I try to use my admin powers as a force for good...

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...well, most of the time, anyway.

In Part Two of this post, we'll take a look at a quick and dirty guide I've been working on in the hope that it might make 3RR more accessible for the still nervous.

Later.


David

* A 3RR Regular, as you should already know, is anyone who has ever worked up the nerve, at least once, to post here or over at 3RR-ST.
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