Friday, July 26, 2013

Master of My Domain

Frederick the Great, on display at Fort Ligonier

You know what I really like about blogging? Aside from the fact that I have made friends in nearly every corner of the world and that I have fun posting pictures of historical wargame activities, etc. It is the fact that nobody can tell me to shut up on my own turf.

I have had nearly 445,000 visits to this blog since I began it back in 2005, and I think that I have had no more than two, maybe three impolite visitors to this site. I think that I issued the death penalty (i.e. deleting the offensive comment) in one instance while the other two comments were so silly that I left them on the board so that the commentator could display his ignorance for time ever after.

It is good to be king.

I plan to take leave of a certain public wargaming forum for awhile. Its 18th Century forums (fora?) used to be the epitome of politeness and friendliness, but it has become less so more recently. The majority of visitors to the Other Place are good people, but the minority have increasingly made it an unpleasant experience for me, hence my decision to stop visiting the site. There are other friendly places for me to visit such as Emperor vs. Elector or WD3 and a couple of other places where I can visit and know that what is said there stays there and that everyone will treat the others with courtesy and respect. Those are truly Better Places to visit.

What does that mean for the Der Alte Fritz Journal? It means that I will probably be posting things here more frequently. You may have noticed an uptick in the number of entries in 2013 compared to previoius years. I think that I have hit 90 posts so far - it took me nearly the whole year to reach that figure in previous years.

The first half of 2013 has been somewhat stressful with so many tight deadlines to meet for wargame conventions and other related activities. With the stress of Historicon and Kickstarter behind me, I intend to get back to using the hobby for enjoyment and relaxation. I feel like the weight of the world is now off my shoulders and I can once again enjoy this wonderful hobby.

It all starts the first weekend of August when I travel to General Pettygree's home and resume our Napoleonic campaign in Iberia. I look forward to that game very very much.


  1. Sir,
    I know exactly what you mean. I stopped visiting that certain forum about a year ago.

    A big thank you from germany for your most excellent blog.


  2. New follower here... Lurking for a long time. I think we all will still faithfully follow the blog.
    I live near Ligonier and am a huge fan of Frederick... What's the context of his portrait there? Just a 7YW reference?

  3. Since it is "good to be king" on one's own blog, I thought that I should also post the picture of a king. Frederick was the only one that I happened to have handy at the time. :)

  4. No, I meant at Fort Ligonier. I haven't been there in awhile and didnt't realize they had that there.

  5. Oh, I see. Well, Fort Ligonier has an extensive collection of SYW (the European theatre) military equipment and uniform parts in their museum. This is all rather unexpected since the Fort is more closely associated with the French and Indian War.

    I'm told that the previous curator was given a $3 million budget to buy SYW things in order to expand the museum and attract a wider audience to the fort. That would be why Frederick's portrait is there.