So now what?
Entered another person onto the N. America list and I thought it was time to do a follow up post. Like some of you, I missed the early adoption of the opponent finder. After asking around a little I got it re-instated but I think some of the same issues that caused it to fall into disuse still apply.
People who are already geographically close to one another or in a group that meets semi regularly don't feel the need to reach out to others. While my attempts have gotten some people to become more interested/ active it hasn't seen my invitations to play increase.
I still think knowing roughly where in the world people are is useful, but it is not the be all end all. It still requires effort on one's own part. You need to actively search out people on the interwebs, be it the forum, facebook or google and you need to be willing (at least in principle) to travel to play.
I'm not saying you have to be insane like Airborne and myself and give up hours to travel but just be willing to accept the fact that people are not necessarily going to be falling over themselves to drive/fly to your town to play with you.
So here's what I'm asking you to do. If you blog or have a website, social media etc. mention the opponent finder. If you're on facebook join a regional group. type Oldhammer in the search and hit the group tabs. I recently learned there is an Oldhammer New England group for instance. Finally, make a group if there isn't one. Right now I'm trying to decide if I should do a Desert Southwest one or West of the Rockies one?
Good luck with your hobby endeavors!