About the Fort - Fortress Ameritrash
Fortress Ameritrash is a site dedicated to preserving one simple idea – that beyond “clever design”, “elegance” and “artistic merit”, board games are supposed to be FUN.
Too hell with dull 45 minute time wasters. It’s time to take gaming back to the land of fun and hot naked chicks riding motorbikes.
Welcome to The Fort.
What Is This Place?
It's a place to talk with other gamers about stuff you love, stuff you're passionate about. To talk about the stuff great games are made of, the stuff great times are made of, and even the stuff pure awesome is made of, be it related to board games, video games, music or movies. It's a place where people get excited about nukes and mushroom clouds and dudes on a map, and where people appreciate and enjoy the fantasy adventure or epic conquest of a galactic empire. It's a place where people sometimes trash talk and joke around and other times give insightful analysis on game-related topics. It's a gaming blog, forum, and article site.
It's entertainment for gamers.
~ Aaron Tubb
Does the Fortress have any Policies?
F:AT is a volunteer site. It is not a business. Nobody profits directly from F:AT. F:AT exists because individuals have generously devoted personal time to it. This is time that they could have spent earning money, enjoying their families, supporting charities, etc. Individuals volunteer their time to F:AT out of a genuine desire to provoke intelligent discussion and to make this a site that others can enjoy. They're proud of this place.
F:AT is provided as a free service to anyone that wishes to use it. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, but entirely voluntary. Everyone is invited to use the site without financial obligation.
F:AT is a user-driven site. Every registered member is invited to submit content in the form of articles, comments, blog entries, and posts to the Trash Talk forums. All points of view will be given a fair hearing. If you want to talk about something that isn't being discussed, strike up a conversation.
Because F:AT is a non-commercial, user-driven site that is open to new ideas, no matter how uncomfortable, F:AT has always pursued a non-intrusive moderation policy. We strive to avoid locking forum threads, deleting comments or banning users from the site. Most of the users of F:AT are sane adults, and we wish to treat them that way. We prefer to deal with conflicts through reasoned, open, discussion.
Our non-intrusive moderation philosophy is a hell of a way to run a website, but it's what the F:AT community wants. To ensure that this site continues to work, users must recognize that this is their site and that implies that they have responsibilities to it. In particular: don't shit on people who are volunteering their time to make this a better place. Don't bitch about "censorship", because there isn't any. If you're going to be a troll, at least do it in a funny and interesting way. Don't be boring.
If you disagree with any opinion that is expressed on this site, you should absolutely explain the reasons for your disagreement. This community has a voracious appetite for new ideas and new points of view. We're interested in what you have to say. However, disparaging a person, idea, opinion, or the site as a whole without explaining the reasoning behind the disparagement is stupid. Explain your negative opinions so that each of us can weigh their merit for ourselves. If you can't do that, you should keep your negative opinions to yourself.
Learn to use this site before bitching about it. The architecture of this site has been considered *very* carefully. Understand as well that it was built by volunteers with a very limited budget. We are grateful to receive bug reports and suggestions for improvement -- and we assure you that these will be addressed as quickly as possible -- but please recognize that such things take time, are not always technically feasible, and may be outside the scope of F:AT.
Most of us don't care about your personal vendetta with someone else that uses the site. F:AT provides a personal messaging system. Use it. Don't fight out feuds on the forums or in article and blog comments.
Don't hijack threads. Don't Spam the site. Don't bitch about people that aren't here to defend themselves. Don't complain all the time about other websites.