@markus @kellenfreeman the cozy living room analogy fits better here than FB/TT/Tw. Scaling of instance size is rough, so making targeted instances, finding a home among them, then federating w/ other instances may be the most viable option. (E.g. social deduction instance, a game design, heavy euro, wargames, a general one etc). Because you can follow across instances, it hurts way less.
It's a different tool with a diff focus, that will take time to sort out. IDK what @host has for plans.
First point this is not an alternative to anything, it is its own thing.
In terms of clique, well yes and no.
Yes: Hopefully we will be close knit.
No: You can extend the circle by creating your own instance (and moderate it well).
My plans is to open invite once most of the people are onboard with the societal norms happening on here.
intrinsically, there is not more "value" by having more people (there is more cost tho)
We are an inclusive Mastodon community for everything tabletop (and more).