In the late 90s and early 2000s, Budweiser ran the Bubble Boys Bubble Hockey promotion featuring super chexx tournaments. When they dropped the promo and tournaments, a vacuum was left for the competitive bubble hockey player. I started an organization called the International Bubble Hockey Federation (IBHF) and launched a (now defunct) website. I did it as a labor of love to keep bubble hockey going. Within 2 years, I was able to gain a 2 year commitment with the St Louis Blues to hold the first ever independent National Championships.
Running the website and coordinating all of the events and promotion that goes with it was a TON of work and was a huge time commitment. What did I get for my efforts to bring people together and have fun playing bubble hockey? A whole bunch of people complaining all the time, criticizing the events and website, people wanting everything for free, and a wife not pleased with how much time I wasn't spending with her andthe family. I spent alot of money out of my own pocket to support it. That's alot of sacrifices.
My 'labor of love' turned a game and hobby I loved into something I wanted nothing to do with. I shut it all down after about 4 years. I am just now coming back around to play bubble hockey more after wanting nothing to do with it for a long time.
So..... to all you haters here, take a step back and realize Pinside exists because someone's love of the hobby, which has improved the hobby for you. That is to be commended not blasted. No matter what Robin decides to charge or not to charge, it will never be enough money to cover the PITA trolls on here. I just hope all the negativity doesn't take the passion for pinball away from Robin and the moderators.
Ask yourself this, 'how would I feel if I woke up tomorrow morning, logged on the computer, and Pinside was gone forever?'
THANK YOU ROBIN ET AL! I, FOR ONE, APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO AND I PLEDGE TO SUPPORT PINSIDE HOWEVER YOU WANT TO RUN THE WEBSITE FOR AS LONG AS IT EXISTS.