While I wasn't around for much of the campaign happenings in the various towns due to my vacation this year I wanted to address a few things that I saw, just here on the forums. Thread hijacking, accusations and other negative things. Why is it exactly we can't have a civil election on this shard in all the cities? And the thing that started it all? An inability to just answer the question asked that spiraled out of control. You want to post campaign propaganda then go for it, but keep it IC... especially if your running as a member of the RP community. I would welcome a chance to campaign for my city, and stimulate interaction. Appropriate interaction at any rate, not backhanded remarks meant to belittle another candidate or out and out attacks on the person behind the pixels. I've enjoyed interaction with almost all of the governors we've had elected in the time I've been one. Whether they were originally an rper, pvper, pvmer or any other kind of play style you care to try and divide our player base by. Can Rpers be exclusive? Yes, sometimes we can be or will appear to be because of what is going on in our stories. Can we be inclusive? You bet, I've made it a goal in my game time to try and include as many people as possible in my rp whether they are full time rpers or not. And I know several other people who do the same. Are all pvpers vulgar trash talking children? Regardless of the way they are painted, they really aren't. I've met a good number that not only didn't act like that, but actively supported different play styles. Heck, when my mom used to play she was pked quite a few times by a particular guy until she asked him to help her, and ended up not only learning about how to pvp but being given a keep when the guy quit playing. My character Thom hated Lucidity, but that didn't mean that I didn't respect the player for taking on that role. It was based solely on her in character actions. When Rorik killed me in the middle of the council meeting? I sent him an ICQ and we laughed about the fact he forgot Thom is a tamer mage, and then we rolled with the consequences of that action. The first rule of RP, at least for the groups I associate with, is usually to keep things IC and respect the player. As a Catskills native and member of the RP community here for more years then I can really remember I can say with certainty that we are not as plentiful as we used to be. We're getting new blood from other shards, but if all of this infighting over stupid things doesn't stop then we're more likely to lose who we do have left then we are to grow. To be honest, i'm kind of relieved that Armand won Britain. Unfortunately that's just because I haven't known Flutter to spend several council meetings afterwards trying to get the EM to overturn the election or change the rules of elections, and that's actually the only interest I have in who runs Britain. I didn't even vote this term since my seat was uncontested. Do I like to see RPers as governors of the cities? Sure I do. Would I be just as happy with someone that has never rped a day in their life but tried? I would, if not even happier that we have a chance to introduce another player to RP. All in all I guess what i'm trying to say here is I would like the next election to actually be civil in the sense that we can all respect that there are only 9 cities to be represented and we're all people behind the screen. No matter your play style, you have every right to run for an office. Whether you've been here for 18 years or 3 months.