Additional data privacy statement regarding Eidolon’s Inn on Facebook and Twitter

Today there was an important ruling from the European Court of Justice (kind of like the European Union’s version of the U.S. Supreme Court). In essence, it says that I as the admin of the Eidolon’s Inn Facebook fanpage and the Eidolon’s Inn Twitter presence (which are Facebook and Twitter community extensions to this actual, independent website) am co-responsible for ensuring it’s users’ data privacy – YOUR data privacy – according to European data privacy laws. Sadly, I cannot fulfil this responsibility because the Facebook and Twitter platforms do not give me the tools for this. Facebook fanpage and Twitter account administration tools are not supporting GDPR demands yet. Therefore, until the time this changes and Facebook and Twitter become fully compliant with GDPR also for fanpages / fan presences, I see full responsibility of ensuring Eidolon’s Inn Facebook fanpage and Eidolon’s Inn Twitter presence user’s data privacy – YOUR data privacy – with Facebook and Twitter.

Everyone who does not feel well with this statement has two options:

  1. Unlike/unsubscribe the Eidolon’s Inn Facebook fanpage or unfollow the Eidolon’s Inn Twitter presence immediately and subscribe to Eidolon’s Inn’s RSS newsfeed instead to keep up to date.
  2. Understand and accept how Facebook and Twitter manage their users’ data privacy by reading Facebook’s and Twitter’s terms and conditions.

That being said, I strongly believe that it is not the intention of European data privacy laws to shut down hobbyist retrogaming projects like Eidolon’s Inn. Just an unwanted side effect on the way to strengthen data privacy where it really matters. Unlike many other hobbyist Facebook fanpage and Twitter presence administrators, I explicitly choose NOT to shut down the Eidolon’s Inn Facebook fanpage or Eidolon’s Inn Twitter presence. Instead I leave it up and explain the difficult matter to it’s users. This is meant to be a tiny contribution to make things (improved data privacy) better for all of us. This is optimistic, maybe even naive. In case I get sued for it, I’ll let you all know…

The initially mentioned European Court ruling is only a step in a process. Further rulings on the matter are expected. I will monitor the evolution closely. At the current point in time, I see no reason to panic (i.e. shut down this page, presence, or even website) from my hobbyist, non-profit point of view. It may be that further rulings create a situation requiring me to shut down. But I am optimistic that this is just a worst case scenario.

Updated Privacy Policy

Hi y’all, GDPR came like a bulldozer, and overran Carpe Ludum, Eidolon’s Inn and World of M.U.L.E. too! I’m not complaining, because I think it’s a good thing for society in general. For hobbyist, non-profit websites like this one however, it is “kind of” ridiculous to fulfil all the demands. Nevertheless, I hopefully thought of everything. Therefore, please take note of the updated privacy policy.

Yeah, we’re back!

Sorry for the long downtime since November 2016, when this website was hit with a massive spammer attack. It took some time to clean things up. After all, this is just a non-profit, hobbiest website. Now, you’re able again to use the site and it’s forums to talk about great games, Sega emulation / Kega Fusion and the wonderful World of M.U.L.E.! Have fun! Quick links:

New Genesis Game Release: It Came From The Desert

Cinemaware is working with Water Melon Games (of Pier Solar fame, not unkown to Eidolon’s Inn’s users!) to release a new-old Sega Genesis game from the early 1990’ies – an action version of the Commodore Amiga classic game “It Came From the Desert”. You can subscribe for pre-order information here on the Cinemaware website. Thanks to Indie Retro News for the heads-up!

ICFTD Genny

ICFTD Genny

Welcome to the Sixth Act of Eidolon’s Inn

Act 6 – July 2014 and beyond

You’re looking at it right now – thanks for coming here!
I hope you like the New-new-new-new-new Inn, register and join Eidolon’s Tavern again for a beer or two, to reminisce about the good old times! 🙂

Act 5 – June 2004 till July 2014

On a free weekend I just couldn’t stand it anymore to see the Inn on hiatus, so I decided to renew it and give more people the chance to contribute content to it.
I was really amazed how many people registered on the site after this new version went online – a __big thank you to all of you!_. The Sega community, and the Inn as its point of gravity, has remained stronger than I thought. Good to know that I didn’t do the work in vain. 🙂

TikiInn

Act 4 – May 2000 till June 2004

This is how probably most of you will remember the Inn, as this “design template” was the longest-running. By the way, the year 2000 was the busiest year, with the most site updates, EVER in the history of this site. This was mainly due to the fact that I was still a student at that time with lots of time to spare. After I started with full-time employment in January 2002, the site somehow went into a hiatus, with only the occasional update. The only thing which kept it alive was the message board, the Tavern.

Inn2000

Act 3 – November 1998 till May 2000

Talk about redesigns! Very fancy for this time. 😉

Inn1999

Act 2 – July 1997 till November 1998

Ah, those were the days. Finally I got my own website up and running (eidolon.psp.net in case anyone remembers), firstly hosting the files on changing hosts such as FortuneCity? etc. This was the time I could spend the most time on the site, as I was doing my civil service in a hospital in my home town, were I had lots of nightshifts with lots of time to fill. During this time, the Inn looked mostly like this:

Inn1998

Act 1 – Prior to July 1997

Before the web debut of Eidolon’s Inn in July 1997, my site existed as an ANSI BBS for some months (with my pal Arakon as the only user, hehe); here you can see a screenshot of it:

OldInn2