Do you Blackmoor?
Do you Come Back Inn?
When we began researching the movie we knew almost nothing about the history behind RPG's. What we needed most was to find people who were already experts in their own right when it came to Blackmoor lore.
Kevin McColl had a lot of resources, such as Dave Arneson's address book, with names of friends and people in the game business. Then Kevin suggested something odd "There's a couple of guys in Europe who run a Blackmoor Forum called the Comeback Inn--you gotta talk to them!"
Suddenly our reasearch went from being focused on Minnesota, to being world wide, as Havard and Rafael came into the fold as researchers. Back then we had a hidden message group on Facebook: Circle Blackmoor. Circle Blackmoor became a hotbed of discussions about all Blackmoor related things.
The Comeback Inn Forum is a very useful resource for information. There are people who visit that site from all over the world, and their collective knowledge makes the forum the unofficial home of Blackmoor. What's more, many of the original Minnesota players and some of the original Lake Geneva players respond to posts on that site. Our first contact with Greg Svenson was via messages on the Comeback Inn Forum.
Havard tells us these facts about the site:
"The forum goes back to 2002. The forum (in its Blackmoor form) is from 2009. The blog was also started in 2009"
Havard's most recent Blog Post talks about the difficulties he has had in keeping things going, yet he is very passionate about the site he is definitely not throwing in the towel any time soon. The one thing that stands out in his post is a lack of reciprocation on the side of the new people running forums in the gamer community.
This is an issue we have run into, and try to mitigate. For instance, if we use an image from someone else's site, we put a tag on the image to let people know where they can find the original source.
Normally we actually embed tags on the image, here will just cite the source: We got it from Havard!
We want to thank both Havard and Rafael for their support. Rafael has moved on from helping run the Comeback Inn, and is now working on his writing career--Good Luck Rafe! Both of them volunteered everything they knew about the Blackmoor Bunch, and also helped us contact people early on; that is why they are listed as part of our research team in the movie credits, as they did a lot of heavy lifting during the early 2 years.
Chris and I have always believed that reciprocation and cooperation is the true path to success. We want to take a moment and praise Havard's work on both his blog and the Comeback Inn forum. Thanks again, Havard!
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