Due to real lifeage, my GMism is gonna be slow the next couple of days.
Before real life hits, I want to comment on why I chose to banish EchoMirage.
**** The Banishment of EchoMirage ****
1. It was not because of his in game actions, nor because of his conflict with his fellow players that I chose to banish EchoMirage.
2. The reason EchoMirage was banished was the fact that he seems unable to take a GM command if he disagrees with it. As a matter of fact, he is willing to go to extreme lengths to force his will upon others.
The basic tenet of any roleplaying game is that there is a GM and there are players.
While players have a large degree of influence, the GM calls the shots.
For a good while, many days in fact, I listened to all arguments, I even sympathised with EchoMirage's plight at a certain point, yet I realized he was being harsh and unfair to his fellow roleplayers.
Then I needed for the whole affair to calm down. It was ruining the game, and as a GM I did not want that.
Therefore I started deleting his posts, because they were inflammatory, accusational and did not in any way serve the interest of the game.
Rather his posts served EchoMirage's interests.
...Or actually, not even that.
They were a self-defeating string of hurt feelings manifesting as sarcastic comments about the other players and the direction of the game itself.
Thing is: Sometimes you gonna lose an argument. No matter how clever you deem yourself. No matter how righteous you consider your cause; sometimes you gonna lose.
What makes or breaks us, is how we decide to deal with that defeat.
In the end, EchoMirage decided to flush his arguments into the shoutbox.
He was so unwilling to accept any GM judgment in his disfavor, that he would rather publicly humiliate his GM.
And that was it.
I consider EchoMirage a very nice person, and I have even met him in real life and had a great time with him. At his best he is an excellent roleplayer, a wonderful friend and a person I really like.
So I am sorry that it came to this.
More sorry than many of you realize.
But at the end of the day you gotta fall in line and make sacrifice for the benefit of the game, of your fellow roleplayers and out of courtesy to your GM.
I wish I could have gone through this whole ordeal without losing my temper.
But I am a passionate man, and sometimes my temper gets the best of me.