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Online Redwall Clubs Are Dead
-Lord Trawnbull Thickstripe
August 21st, 2005

As many have often heard me voice in the Redwall Online Community (ROC), I reminisce about the point in my youth when I was involved in online Redwall Clubs.

These were places where people gathered showing one common interest: Redwall. There were no discussions of real life, or anything of that nature. It was just Redwall. Everyone stayed in character, epic battles were acted out, fanfics were written, drawings were made.

And to think this was all in the mid-late 1990s.

Today, when I look around the web for Redwall Clubs, I see a sickening trend. All the following club names are copied, word-for-word, from their prospective sites.

Veil of Breezes... which is just an online forum.

Darsons Fortress... another online forum.

Alder's Holt... hey look a forum!

Mountain Lords... a forum.

Sunflashes Domain...yet another forum.

Skipper's Holt... also a forum.

It's also interesting to note that more than half of these are Invision forums, a free service.

Where's the originality? The creativity? The inspiration? Everybody's so-called "club" is just an online forum. Not only has the actual "club" itself died, but so has the ability to learn how to create your own webpage, learn HTML, and have a unique idea.

I'm disgusted at the current state of affairs in the ROC. I guess everybody expects people to have a dozen forum memberships all over the world wide web with the same people to discuss the same things, just at different URLs.

It's ridiculous.

Try being innovative for a change instead of just going to and coming up with a title that involves "Myname's (place)". It's more likely to attract people than "Hey sign up at my forum!!"

-Lord Trawnbull Thickstripe

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