After reading through the many threads devoted to the subject of the new Gaming Staff Branch of TWC I ask why has TW Multi player been overlooked in it's inclusion into this new branch of staff?
While a proportion of TW players exist in the solitary SP Campaign aspect of the Franchise their are still a considerable number of players who play MP whether it be in the more conventional Vs Mode or Hotseat (M2TW) & the Multi Player Campaigns of the modern TW titles (ETW, NTW & TWS2).
TWC is what it says on the tin, the Total War Centre, yet the very game that gave it's name to the site and brought a good portion of the sites members to it's very gates is currently excluded from participation in the Gaming Staff Branch, more importantly we are denying TW MP players by barring their entry into TWC Gaming Staff access to the resources the site has committed to build a broad MP base for the site from non TW titles.
I highlight as an example what has been achieved over at .Org, their MP scene is well established across all the titles, their tournaments and leagues are also well regulated and make the arrangements we have here at TWC look pale in comparison.
Not that TWC Members are treated unfairly by TWC, I believe the problem is lack of drive across the board from not only Staff but the players themselves, I can say from my own time as LM in the M2TW HS section of the TWC MP area that flame wars and similar undesirable behaviour carried out by some elements that have bought in alot of Moderation have probably given us a bad reputation in the eyes of the powers that be, for Staff's part their inactivity in trying to build a similar site driven MP focus that .Org enjoys means many of those who engage in TW MP on TWC do so on a small scale and if we're honest operate on the fringes of the site.
My experience as a LM in the HS fora also taught me that a little drive can pay dividends. Either through holding tournaments and leagues for new or veteran players buoyed with the odd FP announcement (+Rep to the staff who supported us across New Bloods and When Worlds Collide) and community driven awards and promotional bling (Respect to KDK, Finlander and Jiub for their great work) you'll get the people through the door. The HS Community had at it's height nearly 90 active players competing in over 25 Campaigns.
This could be expanded further, the question is do we have the collective desire to bring about such results across other TW titles, I would argue that while the Gaming Staff Branch is perfectly justified in looking to foreign shores to promote the TWC brand we should also look closer to home and include the very games that bought us to the site to achieve such ends also.