A new, Musical Chapter in Life

My life over the past few years has been quite the journey. Four years ago I was a 19 (almost 20) year old who was just about to start working at Best Buy for the Christmas season, and a few months later I moved to Boston to start at a tiny startup called gamerDNA. At gamerDNA I was the 8th employee and we worked from the CEO's kitchen table, grew to 20+, went through layoffs and lots of late nights, but created many great memories. Then for the past two years I've been living in San Francisco, working at various game companies, including Playfish for the past year, where I've been working with Facebook Game communities for The Sims and MONOPOLY. Life's been a fucking ride, man.

On Monday I announced that I was leaving Playfish and that I had accepted a Community Manager job at a small SF startup called RootMusic. This was the result of some soul searching, lots of hardwork, and it was a decision that frankly scared the shit out of me. At this point I'm pretty well connected in the video game industry, I've had the pleasure of working for some great companies with amazing people, and now I'm turning my back on all of that and starting fresh. Not only did I announce that I was leaving on Monday, but Tuesday was my last day at Playfish, and today was my first day at RootMusic. Intense, to say the least.

I'm extremely excited right now. It's currently 11pm, I got home just recently from my first day at work, and I'm honestly at a loss for words. I've got a huge amount of responsibility and a lot of people are looking to me to make some big decisions and be involved in many different projects. But this is what I've been looking for, I'll get to work at a music company that works with virtually every top Band/Musician in the industry, but also makes a product that a tiny high school garage band could use to great effect. The music industry is changing rapidly, and RootMusic will be there to lead the charge. To think that I've been fortunate enough to land a role at such a company just blows my mind, and I can't wait to spend many years with these great people and go onto this next chapter in my life journey.

This new job is going to be stressful, it's going to be really hard, and it's definitely going to be intense. But I'm really looking forward to a very rewarding experience, and I can't wait to make an impact on how Community Management is done in the music industry. This is very much like a dream job, a dream that I started to formulate recently as I prepared to meet Tom Delonge from Blink-182 and came up with a pitch to him/his manager for reasons they should hire me as their Social Media Manager. They didn't end up calling me back, but the important part was that it got my wheels turning in my head, and it got me to where I am today.

Today is a great day. I can't wait for tomorrow.

2011 – The year of Music

In January I made a post about new New Year's Resolutions, and while I haven't done some of them, I can actually cross most of the resolutions of my list. The one resolution that I'm most excited about and feel like I've successfully kicked the shit out of is "Go to More Concerts".  This year I've gone to Coachella, Outside Lands, seen Best Coast/Wavves, went to a small Alkaline Trio show, and tomorrow I'll be seeing Blink-182 (from the pit!). Next week I'm going to another Blink-182 show down in Mountain View, and I'm even going to meet Tom Delonge, the guitarist for Blink-182. It's super surreal that I'll get to meet Tom, since he's some what of a hero of mine, so I'm very excited to finally meet him and hopefully tell him how much his bands mean to me. Later this month I'll be going to Treasure Island, a relatively large music festival in San Francisco.

Not to mention a new Blink-182 album came out this week, "Neighborhoods", which is their first album in eight years. I also got my first tattoo, which is a huge guitar that's the length of my left forearm.  2011 has been an amazing year for music and I'm super happy about that.


Coachella was an amazing experience. Over three days, I saw some of my  favorite bands: The Strokes, Cut Copy, Arcade Fire, Best Coast, Jimmy Eat World, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, and many more.  While having a great music experience, I also had an amazing human experience with some of the best people I know. I drove down to Coachella with a couple friends from San Francisco, and we stayed in a house together with two of our other friends from SF/Boston. The house had a pool and hot tub, grill, and a really nice kitchen & livingroom. Essentially we would go to awesome concerts all day, come back to a vacation home and hangout in the pool and chill out. It was such an awesome experience and I can't wait to do it again next year with the same group of people.


My Tattoo

On July 2nd I got my first tattoo: My dad's electric guitar that he named "Old Glory". Old Glory is the only guitar that I own that was my dad's, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me and it's something that I hope to keep a hold of forever. I decided to get the tattoo because I felt like this was one of the best ways to pay tribute to my dad, remember his talents and gift as an amazing musician, and symbolize my love for music and love for my dad – all at the same time. I'm very happy with and proud of my tattoo, and I know my dad would be too.


Outside Lands

In August I went to San Francisco's Outside Lands, a three day festival in Golden Gate Park. Not only is the music lineup stellar, but the park is a beautiful setting for a three day outdoor music fest. Joy Formidable (pictured) blew me away with their fantastic sound and fun stage presence, and Muse once against melted my face with one of the best performances I've ever seen. Arcade Fire, Phantogram, The Black Keys, Best Coast, and John Fogerty all put on great shows too.

Next Up?

Tomorrow I drive all the way up past Sacramento to see Blink-182 from the pit. I'm excited to see these guys live for the seventh time, and the first time in over two years. Then on Wednesday next week I'll see Blink in Mountain View, and meet Tom Delonge as a part of his 'Keep a Breast' fundraiser. I'm excited to get the chance to meet the guitarist/vocalist for my all-time favorite band, and I hope to get a minute to tell him how much his band means to me and how much they've changed/shaped my life.

I've got a couple more shows coming up…I'm seeing the Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls in a few days, going to Treasure Island Music Festival in a couple weeks to see Death from Above 1979 and Cut Copy, and in November I'm going to see New Found Glory.  Tons of concerts!

All in all, I think I've spent at least a couple grand on music this year…but it has been money well spent. Music has transformed my life and has been a central pillar of my life since birth. I've started to think a lot more about music, the music industry, and I hope to work in the music industry some day. I think there is a huge opportunity to take what I do for game companies and bring that to a music company or band…and that has me very excited for the future of social media, community management, and above all else, music.

I’m speaking at PAX East this weekend!

Hey everyone – just a quick update…

Tomorrow morning I'm heading to Boston to attend Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East 2011!  I can't wait to visit Boston again, see all my gamerDNA buddies, and see a PAX East that has been reborn to be bigger and better. I'm also going to be speaking on three different panels, each of them about Community Management and/or Social Media.

Here's the list – I hope you can make it out to one of them (or all!) and say hello!:

How Your Favorite Game Companies Use Facebook
Manticore Theatre

Friday, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Like this. Like that. Facebook has taken the world by storm and has become a crucial platform for community managers and companies to help keep in touch with and grow their online communities. With the constant evolution of social media and Facebook in particular, you may not know some of the cool things happening on your favorite game studio's Facebook page. Join Collin Moore (Community Management Vet) as he moderates a discussion with community managers from across the game industry (Insomniac Games, Playfish/EA, Harmonix, and Robot Entertainment), about the importance of Facebook to game companies, and how pressing the "LIKE" button is just the beginning.

Panelists include: Collin Moore [Game Industry Vet], Sam Houston [Online Content Manager, Playfish – EA], John Drake [Manager of Communications and Special Projects, Harmonix], James Stevenson [Senior Community Manager, Insomniac Games], Justin Korthof [Community Manager, Robot Entertainment]


The Roads to Becoming a Community Manager (East Coast Version!)
Wyvern Theatre

Saturday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Based on the great feedback we received after this panel at PAX Prime, we've decided to do it again! East-Coast Style. You hear us on podcasts, see us in videos, read our blogs on websites, retweet us, argue with us on forums, and give us high fives at PAX. But have you ever wondered how we became community managers? From games journalism to forum moderation to public policy and QA, every road is different. Find out the random history of some of your favorite game studio community managers, and hear their advice on what skills and knowledge you’ll need to become one of gaming’s next-generation of community managers.

Panelists include: Alli Thresher [Community Moderator, Harmonix Music Systems, Inc], James Stevenson [Community Manager, Insomniac Games], Arne Meyer [Manager, Community, Naughty Dog], Sam Houston [Online Content Manager, Playfish, EA], Jennifer Kye [Company Blogger, Social Media Editor, Gameloft]


So I Still Have This Website…
Cat Theatre

Sunday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The community-focused panel from PAX Prime is making its way to the East Coast. You've spent the time and money building your community site, and now you're looking to take it to the next level. Maybe you want to get a job as a professional Community Manager, or maybe you're just looking for tips on how to get publishers and developers to pay more attention to your site. Whether you're just starting out, or have been running a site for years, this panel is the best place to get your questions answered. Together, these community managers have represented some of the biggest franchises, developers, and publishers in the game industry, and most of them started out just like you – running a fan site.

Panelists include: Justin Korthof [Community Manager, Robot Entertainment], James Stephenson [Senior Community Manager, Insomniac Games], Matthew Pruitt [FPS Community Manager, Electronic Arts], Sam Houston [Community Manager, Independent], Jessica Shea [Community Manager, 343 Industries]


Please stop by the panels if you can, I'd love to meet more gamer friends, and if you have any questions about Community/Social Media, I'd love to help you.  This is a total vacation for me and I can't wait to relax, walk around PAX, and try to experience the show as a gamer and not as a guy doing press interviews all day.  I also can't wait to see my gamerDNA buddies, as it has been over a year since I've seen most of them.

New Year’s Resolutions 2011

A little late because of my trip to London, but these are my New Year's Resolutions (so far):

  • Get involved in charities or some sort of social good organizations (Gay Rights and some positive San Francisco organization)
  • Start going to the Gym and lose weight, eat healthier
  • Buy more groceries, cook more often, and bring lunch to work more often
  • Play my bass more and start playing in a group of some sort
  • Budget Money and start saving money
  • Take mini-vacations to Seattle, Boston, and other cities
  • Keep in touch with family and friends better/more (Dad's side, Cousins, talk to my sister and nephew/niece more, buddies from High School, etc)
  • Explore San Francisco more and the Bay Area in general (Berkeley especially)
  • Meet more people outside my friend group (people involved in design and advertising/marketing, other startups, other industries, etc)
  • Go to more concerts
  • Start decorating apartment more, especially with cool music stuff
  • Read More
  • Get ADHD Medicine – I used to take adderall and it helped me greatly
  • Stop Procrastinating so much – Most of this stuff, and things in every day life (Work, chores, etc) I could have done much earlier.  The time is now!
  • Play more games/complete more games

Happy 23rd Birthday to me!

It's my birthday!  Today I'm officially 23 years old, and very happy to be around for another year of adventures and great times.

Twenty Two was an interesting year for me; I moved to San Francisco from Boston, started several jobs and dealt with unemployment for a handful of months, had a lot of fun and made some great friends, and learned some good and harsh life lessons.  It was truly a rollercoaster, from moving to a city I loved but had a job I hated, to dealing with unemployment and went through some rough financial and personal times…and then it ended with me landing an awesome job with great people.

I'm really excited about being 23 and the year ahead.  I've got lots of goals, from big to small, and I'll be posting a New Year's Resolution post here soon.  From a career perspective, I'm looking forward to launching Monopoly on Facebook,  continuing to contribute to the Community Management tactics that Playfish uses, and continuing to learn more about my craft and get better and better at it.  Personally, I'm looking forward to exploring more of San Francisco, making some new friends, and hopefully meeting some new people that turn into meaningful relationships.  I've got a job that I love, in a city I love, and I feel like it's really time to start focusing a lot on enjoying life and sharing it with some great friends, family, and maybe even a girlfriend if I'm lucky 🙂

Right now I'm sitting in San Francisco International Airport, waiting to board a flight to London.  In about 10 hours, I'll be in London for a week for training at Playfish HQ.  I'll be learning how to launch Facebook Games, and learning what all is involved in being an Online Content Manager for an live Playfish game.  I'm excited and feel very fortunate to be traveling outside of the country for the first time ever 🙂

Thanks to everyone that has been a great friend over the past year and been supportive of me as I traverse life and my career.  It has been great so far, and I can't wait to see what 2011 brings me!




First day at Playfish/EA

Today was my first day at Playfish/EA, and I figured I'd give the blog a brief update on the excitement so far.  On everyone's first day at EA, you have to go through new hire orientation – something that isn't too exciting, but it's good to get an overall idea of what EA is up to as a company, how it works and motivates its employees, and the various benefits of being an EA employee.  The whole thing lasts a few hours or so and at times it was hard for me to sit totally still for that long (due to my ADD, more than anything), but at least I got some free EA cups and a copy of Medal of Honor out of it 🙂

Orientation had me excited about EA, and it also served as a great reason to head down to the EA Redwood Shores (EARS) campus.  Since my last blog post, the Playfish gods pulled some strings and got me a full-time desk at the Playfish office in San Francisco, so I'll now be working full-time in SF.  This is absolutely fantastic and I'm very excited for many reasons, but it does mean I won't get to see all my friends at EARS any more than I would outside of work.  Going to EARS for orientation was fun because the campus was awesome, but also because I ran into two awesome people on my way into orientation and while on a tour of the campus.  The first being Peter (Marketing guy for Crysis 2, Alice 2, and other stuff), who I sat about two feet away from while I was at EA over the summer.  Peter's a hilarious guy with similar music and gaming tastes, as well as a great sense of humor.  It was great to see Peter since I haven't seen him in about four months.

The cherry on top was seeing Jaap Tuinman, though, as he played huge roles in my being hired for both my summer contract gig at EA, but also this Playfish position.  Jaap's a fantastic Director of Community at EA Games, and I'm forever grateful to him for all he's done for me in the past six months.  I consider anyone who gets to work with him very lucky.

After orientation, I headed back up to San Francisco and straight to the Playfish office.  I already had a desk with some nice Playfish swag on it (pictured above), and I even had an inbox full of email.  I was shown around the office, introduced to everyone, and immediately went into a couple community/company briefing meetings.  It felt great to be at a job again, and I'm really excited to get started on some community projects for our upcoming games.

So far, I'm really impressed by everyone at Playfish and I can't wait to work with them all.  Across the board, everyone was very smart, nice, funny, and laid back.  The entire company was very welcoming and people seemed genuinely happy and excited to have me there, something that I'm very happy to see on my first day 🙂

The Online Content Manager role is new for the Playfish SF office and there is a TON of room for me to grow and make the role my own, and I'm hoping to make a huge impact not only on the SF office, but Playfish as a whole.  Community Management is relatively new at the company, so I'm hoping to take what I've learned over the past few years, add a bunch of new knowledge from the Facebook Game community, and do some great things for both the company and our millions of players.

I'm very excited and I can't wait to get started.  Stay tuned!

Accepting a position at Playfish (EA)!

Hello everyone!

Great news! Today I'm accepting at position to work at Playfish full-time as an Online Content Manager in their San Francisco office.  The Online Content Manager is basically a Community Manager, handling all community efforts for their particular game, and I'll be working on the games coming out of the SF office.  This comes with just about a week left before my prediction of getting a job before December would be void – I sure cut it close!

Playfish is a Facebook game company that was acquired by EA a year ago for ~$300 million,  and the company has created about 20 Facebook games over the years.  They're probably most famous for titles like Restaurant City, Hotel City, Pet Society, and most recently have recently released EA IP titles like Madden and Fifa.  It's very exciting to see the opportunities that Playfish has, to leverage both original IP, as well as EA portfolio IP's when creating new games.

While Playfish is owned by EA, they still manage to preserve a lot of the startup feel and atmosphere, and in general they're going to just trust me and expect me to do great work.  There won't be a lot of hand holding, just the expectation that I'll be creative, collaborate with the team across the board, and do great work.  This is what I LOVED about gamerDNA, and I can't wait to do it in a company that still has the backing of a company like Playfish/EA.  It's a great opportunity for me to learn more about community in the social gaming atmosphere, as well as a great opportunity to learn more about building communities at a large scale via social media and traditional community efforts.  Not to mention the Facebook casual gaming demographic is pretty new for me, so there will definitely be a bit of learning curve that I will have to adjust to.

From the first call I had with Playfish, things felt right.  All my conversations with the SF Playfish people were great, with very intelligent and easy to talk to people.  You can tell everyone is very talented and passionate about doing great work, but at the same time they want to have a good time doing it.  I've even been contacted by folks on the team already, urging me to accept and congratulating me, saying how excited everyone is to have me on board.  It feels great to be working at a place where people want me to be there and are excited about working together.

I should be starting next week, and I'll be working from the Playfish office in downtown San Francisco.  I'll also get to work at the EA Redwood Shores office occasionally, which will be great because the campus is great and I've got a lot of friends that still work at EARS.

This is just a quick post that I wanted to throw up since I literally just accepted on the phone.  In the future I'll be sure to post some more detailed blog posts 🙂

October/November 2010 Update

Hello everyone!

Thought I'd jump in and give the blog a bit of an update, since some cool things have happened lately, and I thought it would be nice to balance out my kind of a bummer post from last month.  To clarify that last post, my goal was to describe the unemployment process that I've been through and experienced, while also giving an update.  In general, things are getting better every day, and lately things have been pretty great, all things considered.  I still don't have a job, but I've had an interview (if not multiple interviews) every week for more than a month straight.  It has been great, and it seems like things are starting to go in my favor.  As one opportunity drops out, others have popped up in it's place.  This unemployment situation will go away soon (I feel confident about this!), and in the meantime I'm trying to spend time with friends and my roommates, learn about community/social media, and enjoy myself.

I love San Francisco, and one of the best things about the city is that everyone here loves to party and loves to get together and celebrate something awesome. Whether it's Pride Week, Folsom St Fair (which was…interesting?), Love Fest, or the Giants winning the World Series…people in this city really come together and have a good time.  This week it was the Giants winning the World Series, and yesterday I had the pleasure to join 1.4 Million people in downtown San Francisco for their ticker tape parade, as well as the Key to the City Ceremony.  The crowd was MASSIVE, and it was amazing to see such a diverse group of people all celebrating something and getting along.

I started watching Giants games during the playoffs, mostly because everyone in this city really gets behind the Giants in force.  Everyone wears Giants shirts/hats, watches the game at bars or with friends, and you can always hear yelling/cars honking after every run scored and every game won.  My neighborhood went completely nuts when we won the World Series on Monday, even leading to some riots on the west side of the Mission.

Yesterday was a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky, and it was great to be in the company of such great fans to celebrate a great team.  I've come to really love the Giants players and their personalities, as these are some really funny and interesting guys.  Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum, and Buster Posey are three of my favorites, but guys like Uribe and Aubrey Huff are also tons of fun to watch.

Next year I'm definitely going to have to go to as many games as I can, as the team is an amazing group of atheletes and I can't wait to see what they do next season.

Unemployment Trials and Tribulations

In my experience, being unemployed is a roller-coaster of emotions driven by an interesting pattern that I've seen both times that I've been unemployed. Almost a year ago exactly, I was laid off from gamerDNA, and now I'm unemployed after ending a two month contract with Electronic Arts.  I thought I'd write a blog post about the pattern I've observed and share some updates from my latest brush with unemployment.

When I found out my contract at EA wasn't going to be renewed (due to a lack of internal projects for me to work on), I started reaching out to people and publicly letting people know via Twitter/Linkedin/Facebook.  This time, just like last time, I was lucky enough to receive a great bit of support via retweets, introductions, emails, and general "Good Luck!" messages from friends and contacts in the industry.  The first couple weeks of this were great and things were looking up, as there was a time where I literally had at least one phone interview, if not multiple phone interviews a day with various game companies across the country.

The future was looking bright..but then the opportunities start to fall apart.  Some jobs aren't a good fit for me so I drop them, or maybe I'm not a good fit for the company, or maybe the company just takes a long time to go through the hiring process.  In some cases, I've been talking to the same companies for 2-4 months because timing just isn't/wasn't right at the time.  Just as fast the leads come in, they go away or die down, which can be pretty frustrating.

After this initial rush, I go right into the first month of being unemployed, which is arguably one of the most depressing periods of life that I've had to go through.  It's a time of constantly second guessing myself, my job history, if people like to work with me, if I deserve this, etc.  From what I gather from my friends, this is normal…but it still can be pretty hard.  It also doesn't help that this is also a time where hardly any jobs are posted, no one is getting back to you, and the number in your checking account is rapidly dropping every week as you buy groceries and have to pay rent.  This is exactly what it was like last time around, and this time it was the same..yet worse because I was going through some tough situations in my personal life.  If I never got back to your emails or was a total flake last month (September), I'm sorry. Shit was rough.

Then just as things seem to be getting worse and worse, you hear back from a bunch of people or a bunch of new opportunities come up.  This started a few weeks ago, and since then I've gone from no interviews, to sometimes multiple interviews a day with different companies.  There are still disappointments, like when someone doesn't get back to you/seemingly falls off the face of the earth, even when you feel like you hit it off really well and did a great job…but luckily other job prospects and general progress help make up for those lost opportunities.

And now we're where I am now…more and more job opportunities are coming up, including some jobs that I'm really really excited about, and some that I'm not so excited about.  My general policy is I talk to anyone (because who knows, right?), so there are several well qualified job leads that I'm in talks with right now, each one at its own stage.  Times are exciting, but also very frustrating…because by this time, I've been unemployed for long enough to drain a lot of my cash.  My checking account is like a fuse burning very, very quickly, and I need to find a job so that I can put the burning fuse out…or at least make it a longer fuse :).

This situation is the worst part of unemployment: Compromising for something that may not be the best fit/the job that you really want, but you still do it because you don't have any time left.  Some companies move frustratingly slow in the interview/hiring process, and some employers move very very quickly. It's frustrating to compromise and not take the right job for you, because I feel a job is one of those things you shouldn't compromise on, considering the amount of time and hard work that I put into a job…but I'm afraid that I might have to do just that.

But, who knows..jobs that might not seem like a great fit can turn into something awesome.  GamerDNA brought me in as an entry-level marketing position that wasn't a great fit, and it turned into an awesome Community Manager job at a company full of awesome people that changed my life.  Hopefully I can stick it out over the next few weeks (month?) and go through the proper hiring process with the people I'm excited about and land a great gig.  I'm trying to stay pretty optimistic…it's just a matter of time until I land something.

The good news is I'm talking to some really great companies that I'd be very excited to work at, and I've received tons of awesome support from friends and family. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  I feel fairly confident that I'll have accepted a job offer by December.

Somehow I'm going to get through this (financially and emotionally), as I believe everything works out in the end for the best.  I just might go crazy in the process 🙂

Stand up for Gamer Rights

Like I mentioned in my last blog post, I've been lucky enough to land some contract gigs while I look for a full-time community management job.  One of the main projects that I've been able to line up is working with the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), in an effort to raise awareness of their Gamer Petition.

The Gamer Petition is a petition that is arguing for gamers rights with regards to the Schwarzenegger v. EMA case, the "violent video game" case that hopes to restrict the sales of violent video games to minors.  This case is going before the United States Supreme Court, which is the first time a case like this has been ruled on by the Supreme Court.  If the Court agrees with the lower courts/the case, it would mean that video games remain to be protected by the First Amendment and will be seen as Free Speech.  If the Court disagrees with the case, it would mean that Video Games are no longer protected as Free Speech, and would be open to special legislation that restricts the sales of video games, which could impact the game industry in a huge way.

This is what the law proposes to do (For more details, go to the Why This Case? page on the ECA website):

The law that California passed imposes a fine of $1,000 on retailers that sell “violent video games” to minors. The definition used in the law labels a video game as being a “violent video game” if it meets one of two methods of determination. The first method requires a game to be violent in a manner that meets the standard of variable obscenity which has been developed by the courts. This standard provides exception speech that is protected for adults, but may be regulated for minors. Variable obscenity has never been broadened by the Supreme Court beyond sexually explicit material to apply to violence. The second method relies on definitions written in the law that focus on the gratuitous and heinous nature of some violence depicted in the game “upon images of human beings or characters with substantially human characteristics” without defining what “substantially human characteristics” means.

The Schwarzenegger law is trying to undermine the ESRB rating system, which is an organization setup by the game industry to self regulate.  This is the same way music and movies are regulated.  There is no government interference at all – it's up to the industry to make sure their entertainment is rated properly and that consumers are educated well enough to make good purchasing decisions.  At the end of the day, it's up to parents to protect their children from content that they feel could be harmful to their child.  It isn't up to the government to make that decision.  Studies have shown that the ESRB is pretty effective, as 86% of parents of children who play games are aware of the ESRB ratings.

To make an exception to the First Amendment for video games is really scary, as it opens the door for future legislation against "violent" books, movies, music, and other forms of entertainment.  We shouldn't let the government regulate our art and entertainment – This is America, and artists should have the freedom to choose what they want to create, and consumers should have the right to decide what they want as entertainment.  Even if you don't care about this particular case and how it will impact video game sales and video game creation, I hope people realize what this could mean for other forms of entertainment that they love.  I don't think any of us want to see our music, movies, or books restricted or censored.

Please join me in signing the Gamer Petition on the ECA website, as it is a fantastic way to show the Supreme Court that we, as consumers, care about this case and how it will impact our favorite hobby.  The ECA is standing up for us as consumers, and I hope you can help the cause by signing your name on the petition.

Thanks so much!