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14/03/2018 at 01:27

It has been a long time since I’ve seen activity from us. Months pass in between postings and public missions are unheard of where I am. Its time to turn this up a notch and remind people how to have fun. the news has flooded our reality with negativity and too many people are drinking the Kool-aid. We are the world last hope for happiness and creativity. We need to step forward now more than ever to remind people to stop listening to the negativity of sexism and racism and bring us all together how it is meant to be. We all deserve to enjoy fun equally regardless of the labels placed upon us. Stop feeding the political dung heap with compliance and be who we are. Toy Soldiers.

15/03/2018 at 01:52

You know what, hell yeah! I’ve been feeling the same way for a while, and I’ve wanted to say something, but I’m glad someone had the courage to “break the silence”. Good on you! Hopefully we’ll get a bit of a spike with the Mammoth coming up, but I think it would do us all some good to kick it up a notch. I’d recommend re-reading the section in General Discussions for the newcomers, it always give me a nice boost of TSU inspiration to read about what started it all. March on, everyone!

20/03/2018 at 12:10

I agree. I just joined within the past year and I fell in love with the message. I’d love to see more people join or be active and I agree with you that the global climate has been incredibly depressing. I’m going to try canvassing the online forums and social media I have to see if I can get any new recruits. I’m also open to suggestions. 

31/03/2018 at 00:30

Thanks guys. Its nice to see some people are still in this even if Dr.Steel is effectively gone. I’ll try to be more active here (as my work schedule permits).

22/04/2018 at 04:04

I think that the problem is although we seem to grow in members we never seem to grow in active members.

Recruiting friends/ family is always a good idea but it just seems hard to effectively muster actives, same with any forum I guess.

 

There will always be new Toy Soldiers, and the message will always be alive, don’t worry, even if it’s just in our hearts

22/04/2018 at 04:25

I think the best way to recruit new soldiers would be as follows.

1. Subversion of the mainstream

Ie- if you are on another forum, link to this one and encourage people to join! ie as theprideofbluefield put it, canvass on other forums/ social media/ other modes or channels of communication

2. Expansion

Accommodate said people with new threads, based on what they were posting in past forums/ maybe create new forum sections to accommodate them, this might seem counter-intuitive but new threads/sections might attract new members

3. Retention

Things like contests could help with this, things that would get people ‘Hooked’

 

I hate to sound negative but I fell in love with this community in 2013, It was so different to what I was used to beforehand ie friendly people, interesting discussions, new ideas,It’s a shame that since 2015 I’ve been extremely busy…

I don’t think that the TSU needs ‘Saving’ I just think that we need to be more proactive with our recruitment… Again I hate to be negative but I think the OP has a point, and I personally don’t want to see this wonderful community just ‘fade away’ as it were.

25/09/2018 at 15:07

I’ve recruited people offline, but they liked the message, not the brand. 

Most people are scared of people who walk around in long-coats with Naziesque military uniforms on, even if you explain to them the message, they are more likely to shy away from the message, due to the brand.

Its not because the message is under received, its that people are scared of the brand

08/10/2018 at 11:02

@Howard Mob said:
I’ve recruited people offline, but they liked the message, not the brand. 

Most people are scared of people who walk around in long-coats with Naziesque military uniforms on, even if you explain to them the message, they are more likely to shy away from the message, due to the brand.

Its not because the message is under received, its that people are scared of the brand  

You make a good point. 

While the militaristic and cult like overtones did not bother me that much (because I can see parody for what it is), I can see where it would scare others off. 

Of course, the dreaded follow up question would be: “So what should/could we do about it?”

Toy Soldiers is in the name after all. 

We could change the colour pallette, soften the tone of the message, stop shooting people with foam based ordnance, but would it help?

08/10/2018 at 19:40

That’s why I styled my uniform after the Canadian Mounties. Much friendlier connotations.

09/10/2018 at 07:43

@Captain Dermut said:
That’s why I styled my uniform after the Canadian Mounties. Much friendlier connotations.  

Considering there are no rules about how to style your uniform (besides the colour scheme), that’s actually a pretty good idea. Also, if you have a look at the designs by Sgt. Grinner, you’ll see there are many ways to style your uniform without looking Naziesque.

Maybe we should communicate this better to the outside and come up with new and more fun takes on the TSU uniform. We’ve had a big variety uniform-wise in the past and will hopefully continue to do so. Maybe we could all brainstorm about our image a little and come up with new ideas.

09/10/2018 at 10:20

Considering the unique styles of the Army, I’ve always seen it as more of a mercenary type look. Grabbed what’s to hand, specialise, rigs, webbing, etc.

Also, when Sgt. Grinner made his designs, he specifically kept in mind the cosplay scene, so all of them are doable with materials most people have to hand or are cheaply available online.

09/10/2018 at 10:23

This might be a bit against the grain for most of the members but I’ve joined quite recently, haven’t heard about Steel until some time after joining actually. 

I am also quite bothered by militaristic ideas/uniforms and some rather cultish ideas.

 

I’ve seen somewhere (and I’m too lazy to look it up now) that anything becomes an uniform when you put a patch on it. I’d much prefer TSU “uniform” to be anything you want to wear but with TSU accessories – let’s have scarfs, hats, gloves, jewelry, patches, badges, etc in wide enough array that it can fit any style, any cosplay?, any occasion (although creating jewelry worthy of meeting the Queen might be a challenge)

With this I’d like to see more variety of the armory (sorry Airhead :D) and some “official guidelines” for what people can make at home to be easily identified as TSU members

09/10/2018 at 13:53

@lucanaii said:
This might be a bit against the grain for most of the members but I’ve joined quite recently, haven’t heard about Steel until some time after joining actually. 

I am also quite bothered by militaristic ideas/uniforms and some rather cultish ideas.

 

I’ve seen somewhere (and I’m too lazy to look it up now) that anything becomes an uniform when you put a patch on it. I’d much prefer TSU “uniform” to be anything you want to wear but with TSU accessories – let’s have scarfs, hats, gloves, jewelry, patches, badges, etc in wide enough array that it can fit any style, any cosplay?, any occasion (although creating jewelry worthy of meeting the Queen might be a challenge)

With this I’d like to see more variety of the armory (sorry Airhead :D) and some “official guidelines” for what people can make at home to be easily identified as TSU members  

You misunderstand how uniforms work in TSU, you can do this very easily, and the armoury is entirely optional. You see I would love to own every item in the armoury to use in my uniform, but currently I only need a single soldier patch for my uniform because I use outside sources and custom logos to do my uniform otherwise.

I always felt like the uniform needs to have some DIY style to it, we are a ragtag group of idealists no? 

But alas even a mostly normal uniform will not distach the stigma of wearing two bloody colours around and all doing a single hand movement to signal ourselves different (looks at literally any cult). Even my splinter movement I have come to call it (which I’m trying to put more effort into while also pushing the toy solider agenda,which is very similar if not just a toned down version of my mission) is just the salute to signify membership, can still be seen as cult-ish. So don’t be bothered by any cultish or militaristic styles of this movement, anything different will have that stigma.

09/10/2018 at 14:05

I think I’ve come up with three solutions to our problem:

A. Change nothing, hope to “tip over”, basically what we’re doing now

B. become more main stream, AKA sell out, I wouldn’t suggest this but it may get us a flood of new members

C. Radicalize, or basically what I’m trying to do with my splinter group;Make it a legitimate movement and not just idealism and comicon recruitment centres.

 

Option A would effect the community itself the least, while option C. Can’t really be done with us being more laid back (except perhaps me) and B. would just be appeasement to the ones who don’t join because of branding.

22/10/2018 at 13:17

@Howard Mob said:
I think I’ve come up with three solutions to our problem:

A. Change nothing, hope to “tip over”, basically what we’re doing now

B. become more main stream, AKA sell out, I wouldn’t suggest this but it may get us a flood of new members

C. Radicalize, or basically what I’m trying to do with my splinter group;Make it a legitimate movement and not just idealism and comicon recruitment centres.

 

Option A would effect the community itself the least, while option C. Can’t really be done with us being more laid back (except perhaps me) and B. would just be appeasement to the ones who don’t join because of branding.  

One major problem with your ideas I see here is that there is no definition of whatever “selling out” or “radicalisation” mean. You basically use your very own, personal understanding to come up with a solution for an entire community.

For some, it’s already selling out to work with other groups and therefore compromise in some areas (e.g. uniforms, statements, etc.). In a way, we’re already doing that by not discussing politics on here and sticking to a PG13 rule for our creations or missions.

I don’t think radicalisation is an option as we’re way too diverse as a group to specialise on one idea(l). This includes a lot of us thinking that radicalism is no solution to anything, and a broad range of ideas of what a Utopian Playland actually is. It would also require members to be a lot more active. The way I see it, our main problem is not having not enough members and therefore needing more. One of our biggest problems is inactivity and lethargy. We could have 10,000 members but if only 3 of them share our work and ideas with others, that is pretty much useless, no? On the other hand, I don’t think we need anyone to actually join the Army, as long as we can get the word out there and people to collaborate with us. During our last Gaming Mammoth, we had one very active and kind streamer to stream with and for us, regardless of not being a Toy Soldier, and he did a formidable job at spreading the word. This is what we actually need, not thousands of dead forum accounts.