Disclaimer – This Q&A session was held with CWF Administrator, Phlip (Asmodai), on 8/8/06. It has been split into two postings due to its length. In the belief of full disclosure please note that I have known Philip for years. Additionally, Philip worked for/with me at CWF when I ran the forum. Philip also works for CWF Game Discussions and has some articles forthcoming.
- = ^Raven^ for CWF
- = Philip for CWF Forums
^Raven^: What was the Chromiates Wargaming Forums?
Philip: The forums were original intended to focus Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 and offer rumours, new, tips and strategies in the same sort of model as Portent/Warseer or Dakka Dakka.
We were never as big as those places, but we did have a pretty active community. Over time both Raven and I lost interest in GW games so the focus shifted and became more about wargaming in general. The personalities stayed the same, but the focus shifted a little bit.
^Raven^: How did you get involved with CWF?
Philip: I found out about CWF through Dakka Dakka. One of the people I knew on that forum had recently joined CWF and he invited me to come over. I liked the place and was looking for another forum so I decided to stay.
^Raven^: Do you remember what you liked the most on first impression?
Philip: I liked that it was a smaller place and there seemed to be more of a feel of community.
^Raven^: How long were you involved with CWF?
Philip: Almost four years I think. Hard to remember exact dates though.
^Raven^: When did you become part of staff?
Philip: I became a mod in the 40K section about a week after joining. The forum was new at that point and positions were just starting to fill up. I became a general mod after 3 months or so and admin about a year and a bit after joining
^Raven^: What did your duties basically consist of?
Philip: Being a mod or admin really isn’t all that exciting. Mostly it was just trying to keep discussion active. Occassionally it was necessary to clear out spam posts or tell someone to tone it down, but that was only a few minutes each day.
^Raven^: What other online communities are you involved with?
Philip: I’m a member of Dakka Dakka, but I’ve been inactive for the last six months or so. I post on RPG.net occassionally. I’m most active with the JPOP forum jphip.com, where I’m a mod and IRC op.