I’m sure anyone reading this is curious to know about what’s going on with me and the WBO at the moment, but right now I’m resolving some loose ends and making sure I don’t have any regrets before I leave, and these things take time – were I perhaps more vindictive I might have looked to capitalize on the situation by gaining early momentum but I’m very tired. Either way, the basics are – check the winning combos thread’s last few pages, and to clarify, the warning I was given was a whopping 40% (which carries a 30-day suspension as well). As it currently stands, while I’m still considering matters I strongly expect that the post I was warned for will be my last on the site – I’ll have someone post my goodbye when everything is sorted and it is written, but as I see it the odds of the things it would take for me to return occurring are practically nil – and I don’t mind having extra time to focus on music and so on. I’m undecided with regards to the future of th!nkblargh and PlasticsDB, I’ve not lost interest in beyblade, but at the same time, I won’t be keeping up to date with developments on the WBO etc, so I will probably not have that much to offer.
But, I will address that more fully later. For now, something a bit more pleasant:
However, I wanted to give a shoutout to something else that just happened to coincide with these unfortunate events: Beylon has updated his BLOG FORMULA BEI thread with an article on Limited and the Power Creep that inspired it – obviously, the fact he consulted me for the lead-in quote was quite flattering, but the content of the rest of the article (and the thread as a whole) is fantastic and it’s something I was really looking forward to having seen the quality of his past work – he’s articulated points about the Power Creep in MFB that I could never put into words, and what’s more, he’s provided detailed explanations of why it happened – something we never had at the time. I really like his ideas about custom tops/parts too – not sure it’ll gain a huge amount of traction, the WBO is after all strongly traditionalist, but personally, I think there is a lot of ground for mutual benefit there even in relatively small ways.
Anyway, the article explains how the maximum series came about, covering a huge factor none of us notice, and I can’t help but wonder whether knowing it at the time would have undermined the legitimacy of the change in gameplay that the Maximum Series represented – perhaps giving more legitimacy to earlier attempts at a format along the lines of Limited. If you’re someone who was put off MFB by that, then this is an absolute must read.
His thread as a whole is one of the most unique, professional, and informative I have seen in my entire time on the WBO, and I’m definitely going to miss reading it – and strongly recommend anyone interested in my blog check it out – he writes fairly lengthy pieces, which I have a tendency to do as well, but he’s a much better writer than I am and researches his subjects in incredible depth.
So yeah, I just wanted to give a shoutout to him, wish it could’ve been under better circumstances, but oh well.