When the Gamergate card game was banned, Steve Wieck boasted about how Onebookshelf had only ever had to ban one thing ever, and hey, it was okay because it was just Gamergate, the maid rape and crack whores were safe. Well, first they came for Gamergate, now they’ve come for Tournament of Rapists. Because that’s how fucking far through the looking glass we are. Yeah, the inoffensive card game satirizing the events of the first few months of Gamergate was banned first, but now Onebookshelf has gone down the “We’ll ban offensive stuff when we see it” slippery slope that everyone said would happen because of some tacky open d20 product that got brigaded.
So it’s been shown that brigading titles on Onebookshelf could be the new primary means for the perpetually offended to attack things they don’t like in tabletop. In the meantime, James Raggi, creator of Lamentations of the Flame Princess and world famous provocateur of tabletop gaming, has possibly threatened to leave the industry in response to this:
“I checked my stats and according to the ranking function they have in the Publisher tools, I am a Top 2% seller on OBS. (which says more about how small the 98% are more than how big I am) I have done over $100,000 gross sales over the six years I’ve sold through the site, which isn’t nothing.
If one of my products gets pulled, or if the products of my peers are pulled without their consent, I am taking every LotFP product off of that site, which will be something of an economic armageddon for me and a hardship from everyone on my roster getting royalties from sales. I’ll also have pretty much no mechanism for conveniently delivering PDFs to people. (even reinstating PDF sales on my site would leave me no mechanism to provide access to people that do not purchase the title; I have rather cheap software and investing in more sophisticated software will be quite impossible without OBS sales money coming in.)
This past weekend a brainless howling mob showed they were in charge of this industry and have the power to disappear ideas and products they disapprove of. Whether this is the majority or a very vocal minority doesn’t make much difference to me; I consider myself at war with them. That this is within our industry feels like an intense betrayal; I have been literally shaking mad over the past several days. Simply shitting out pieced-together cheap crap POD versions of what I owe people and simply quitting has crossed my mind.
Without the ability to freely create, and freely reach people who might be interested in those creations, participation in this hobby and this industry is simply not worth doing.
Anyone who would restrict that creativity, or make it more difficult to find people who are creating things you might enjoy, anyone who restricts imagination and works of fiction, anyone who works to ban any work, is simply evil.
We have lost a great deal over the past several days.” James Raggi via Google+
Frankly, I don’t care much for Raggi’s products and would probably never buy them, but I cannot dispute his importance to the tabletop market as a creator, consultant, and product developer. Tournament of Rapists, disgusting as it is, likely had no importance or significant impact on the tabletop market until this week.
What do you do about gross things? You don’t buy them!
People aren’t mad because you can’t buy a game about rapists, people are mad because they see the existential threat to creative free speech looming on the horizon. We didn’t want to hear Steve Wieck say “Rape is fine!”; what we wanted to hear Steve say was “Tournament of Rapists sounds gross; I’m not going to buy it. If you think it sounds gross, you probably shouldn’t buy it either!”