Greetings Mercs and welcome to the Merc Pit! I’m Major Jim McCoy of The Mercenary Guild: The Official Four Horseman Universe Fan Association, but you can call me Jimbo, unless you’re weirded out by nicknames, then I go by Jim. I’m so glad you stopped by that I would’ve baked a cake… IF I knew how the oven worked.
Until I die, or they find somebody better, I will be your friendly neighborhood Public Affairs officer/blogger. I’m really excited about the new gig too. It doesn’t get much better than talking about something I love with people who love it just as much as I do. Seriously. This is going to be a damn good time.
Our Fearless Leader, Colonel Tom Coonradt, has written a fascinating Mission Statement for TMG. It’s something that obviously took a lot of time and thought but I’m going to boil it down to the operative parts for this blog:
1.) To have fun.
Yes, my friends, I’m going to do my damnedest to increase your sense of enjoyment from the club and you’re going to help me. (I hope) More on this below.
2.) To promote the products available in the Four Horsemen Universe
I’m working on how best to do this, but you can check back here for notifications of what’s been released and what’s coming, both officially from the authors of the 4HU and from TMG itself. If it gets put out I’ll do my best to find out what it is and when it’s coming. Seriously, did you know that three manuscripts were turned in the day before I wrote this? YOU DO NOW! Given the fact that Chris doesn’t know when he’ll be releasing them or in what order I’m clueless as well, but I will let you know more when I know more.
3.) To protect the intellectual property of the Horsemen
This one is easy. I don’t steal things, and I won’t permit stolen IP on the blog. Unfortunately, this has to include fanfic in the 4HU. I don’t want to be that guy, I just need to make sure that we don’t violate a bunch of stuff and get in trouble.
And that’s it. That’s what this blog is all about. Of course that doesn’t say HOW it’s going to happen, so let me clear things up a bit:
Here’s What You Can Expect From Me
I will do my best to keep abreast of all promotional materials released by the Horsemen, whether it’s about a new book, or a Kickstarter for a new non-book product or whatever.
If/when a 4HU movie ever happens (nothing on the horizon at the moment to the best of my knowledge) I will be following it and updating things by mad. I follow the 4HU Facebook group and the FB feeds of both Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey, so I see a lot of it and I’ll be checking those pages specifically whenever possible.
I will highlight you and your accomplishments whenever possible.
Seriously, I’m going to do my best to track everything that is going on and let the rest of the club know when you’ve done something awesome. Seriously. If I find out a new chapter has been founded, I’ll shout them out. If I find out a chapter has completed a contract, I’ll let everyone know. If I know, you’ll know. The little secret of the Public Affairs Office is that we’re really all about the membership and how they relate to the club. Really
When I find out about stuff you will.
I don’t have some super-secret radio controlled bug planted in Chris’s office or anything, but I will do everything I know how to do to find out what’s coming and when. I’m a human being with a real life who doesn’t get paid for this. (The salary for all of the other staff members is zero dollars annually, but get this: I MAKE TWICE AS MUCH AS ALL OF THEM PUT TOGETHER!!! HA!!!!!) but I’ll get stuff to you as soon as I am able. That includes both 4HU stuff from Chris Kennedy Publishing and TMG specific stuff that Logistics puts out or anything else that I can think of that might be of interest.
I will keep it positive.
I won’t be writing anything here to embarrass leadership or other club members. If there is a problem we can deal with it but it won’t happen here.
What I Need From You
Seriously, if you did something good, let me know about it. I don’t run the Recognitions department, so even if you get a ribbon for it, there’s a good chance that I will NOT find out. But don’t limit it to just that stuff. If your unit gets together to have a gaming night, or celebrate your top kick’s birthday, or whatever let me know. Anything that looks like fun and makes the TMG look good is what I’m after. So fire off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you did. Oh, and
Blogging is a visual medium. If you can get a pic of the crew while they’re together, or something else of interest to the club, send it to email@example.com with your story. If you’ve got a sweet cosplay show it off! I want to see and so does everyone else! Stuff like this is why fan orgs exist in the first place. We hope to be pretty huge eventually, so for a lot of us may never meet each other. This blog is your chance to let someone on the other side of the country, or the other side of the world, what you’ve got going on. Your cool activities might inspire someone else to do one. Seeing how you solved a problem putting your cosplay together might help someone else get theirs together. We’re not just a bunch of fans, we’re a community. Step up and take your place in that community.
And that’s the mission of this blog. I’ll do my best to help you plug in and stay plugged in. Help me help you. We’re all in this together, so we might as well enjoy it. To keep this thing rolling, we all have to push together. Only you can prevent forest fires. Or sumfin’.
So come into the Merc Pit. Have a seat. Pop a beer and tell Ol’ Major Jimbo all about that time you and your buddies were trying to escape from the Depik Assassins and accidentally set the Oogars eyebrows on fire. The first round is on the Colonel, so go top shelf and get a triple. I’m out.