April 1st and the morning of the 2nd, we said our good-byes.
I think I cried harder over the end of G+ than the last family member I lost.
When I said that to the Geek Husband What Rules, he said, “Well, yeah. Your G+ friends ARE your family.”
I know a lot of folks don’t get it. But one of the nice things about G+ was the ability to attract new blood while still remaining relatively insular. A lot of the Indie game design folks had moved there, which was why I went there in the first place, and we got to be a pretty tight knit group, with some clustering of folks by shared game ideologies, and of course folks trying to instigate some big Story Games -v- OSR feud. I don’t know why. I mean, for the most part we (story gamers) were just disinterested in a feud, and most of us also played OSR games. So, eh.
I made some of the best and deepest friendships I currently have there.
It’s going to be hard finding another home like that with functionality that worked pretty damn well for what I wanted anyway.
Without the support of those folks Guns and Glamour would not be as far along as it is. I also would not have put up this Patreon. Nor would I have written two entire novels in the past year.
I will miss it, a lot. I am pretty angry at Google for this, but I also have to thank them for giving us a home for so long. Thanks to them I met several of the best people I know, and some of my very best friends.