It's great to see you too! Life in the Circle of Power has been quite interesting these past few years. We have a mix of old and new characters making their way in The Realm these days. Tommy Tanaka and I are the old guard carrying on the legacy of The Circle of Power. Our newbies, Alyson and Kana, are having fun taking on Venger, getting into trouble and picking up NPCs as followers. All is well but Tommy and I still miss the old crew. As far as we are concerned, the door is always open to any and all who want to return--even for a short guest appearance. Hint! Hint!
Oh! And you don't have to worry about War Scribe. Your favorite Death-loving, man-chasing, scene-stealing Drowling doesn't have it in for any of the old crew anymore. Except for Zakiyah! There's something about her older sister that still continues to irk War Scribe and raise her ire.
As far as the creative yet caustic work environment of TSR and WotC goes, it's a crying shame they could not professionally carry themselves any better than they did. There used to be a time when people knew their jobs, did their jobs and took pride in their work. Sure, they may have felt like they were a cog in the machine at times, but they realized that they had a role to play and their contribution to the system was no more and no less important than that of their fellow worker. The success of the system relied upon everyone doing their job and performing their given task in a timely manner and to the best of their ability.
I often wonder how much of their angst was driven by jealousy and envy. Did the non-creative people desire to be creative? Did the creative people want to demonstrate business sense which they simply did not possess? We may never know but how much of that was simply not knowing your role or being content with your role in the first place?
A Point To Ponder
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