That's like saying a chess club distances the club from chess. Just because a club has a social sec to (for example) organise nights out doesn't mean the point of the club isn't still chess. Or if you have a club for any interest for that matter- from warhammer to engineering, the focus is the thing which brings it together, but it's not what keeps a group together. The forum is there for us to be social, have fun, pursue other interests, make friends and so on. eRepublik is what brought us together but it's not what keeps us playing.