The redoubtable Bill Corrie has penned an excellent post about Elitism and Inclusion on his Hinterblog, and I want to point folks towards it. Read it and come back. I'll wait here...
Done? Great! I'm totally with Bill here. This is what I meant when some time ago I said that there are indeed swine in this hobby. I've met some of them, and they are poison. Elitism of whatever kind is bad for all of us. This isn't to say one shouldn't have personal likes and dislikes, or that enthusiasm is a bad thing. It rocks! What I'm saying - and Bill is saying - is that there is a point where people confuse what's good for them personally with what is good for everyone. That's the not good zone. It's like your right to swing your fist stops a the point of my chin. It's a violation of my rights at that point.
Elitists want to chop the hobby up into little fiefdoms. I think that is just wrong! I learn new things from almost every game I play, and virtually everything has some useful bit that's a treasure. This constant interchange of ideas fertilizes the hobby. These fiefdoms become inbred and sterile quickly, and lead to funny looking games with bad teeth, big noses, and banjo playing. Let's cut down the fences and enjoy the different for what it is - a way to cross pollinate and hybridize the hobby.