A Brief Summary of the Tingling

  • Vox Day & Rabid Puppies say “Let’s Nominate Chuck Tingle for the lulz!”
  • Chuck Tingle gets nominated, proceeds to be awesome and hilarious, even in the face of pressure from anti-puppies that he withdraw because he’s ruining the Hugos by being there.
  • Puppies and Puppy Adjacents say “Chuck Tingle is awesome, let’s get him a Hugo!”
  • Chuck Tingle posts jokes about Vox Day and announces Zoe Quinn will accept the award for him.
  • Many of the people previously saying Tingle should withdraw because he’s ruining the Hugos say “Let’s get Chuck Tingle a Hugo; that’ll show Vox Day, the Puppies and Gamergate!”
  • Puppies and Puppy Adjacents – “We’re okay with this!”
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Love is Real

For some reason, I don’t think giving Space Raptor Butt Invasion—a work that wouldn’t even be on the ballot if it were not for Vox Day—a Hugo is going to teach Vox Day a lesson.

Just as planned

Just as planned!

All I know is that my Legends of Science Fiction T-shirt should be arriving sometime this week, and I can’t wait.

Serious important post and announcement later today.

Vox Day’s Xanatos Gambit a Confirmed Win (at Least for Vox Day)

Just as planned

“JUST AS PLANNED!”

“…I told everyone that this year was about the nominations and the best we could reasonably hope for was to provoke them into voting No Award… which they dutifully did.

Our execution wasn’t flawless. I made two mistakes, one which was fortuitous as it permitted Three Body Problem to make the shortlist and win, and one which was stupid as it cost us a 6th category in novelette. Our discipline could also have been better, although I don’t see that it would have made any difference at all with regards to either the nominations or the awards. But I trust the moderate approach is now sufficiently discredited in everyone’s eyes.” – Vox Day

“The real winner this year was Vox Day and the Rabid Puppies. Yep. You CHORFing idiots don’t seem to realize that Brad, Sarah, and I were the reasonable ones who spent most of the summer talking Vox out of having his people No Award the whole thing to burn it down, but then you did it for him. He got the best of both worlds. Oh, but now you’re going to say that Three Body Problem won, and that’s a victory for diversity! You poor deluded fools… That was Vox’s pick for best novel. That’s the one most of the Rabid Puppies voted for too.” – Larry Correia.

Vox Day Xanatos Gambit Update

Before, Vox Day’s opponents were spending a lot of effort to convince me that Vox Day was evil genius mastermind.  Today, Vox Day confirms they were right.

Pictured: Vox & Space Bunny Day celebrate things coming together as planned.

Pictured: Vox & Space Bunny Day celebrate things coming together as planned.

Later this week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the Fan Writers Category (expect some shilling), posting a partial review of the BFRPG module Zombraire’s Estate (Shadow Over Alfheim), and more Short Reviews.

I don’t know if I’ll really review Red Dragon Inn, but I will go ahead and say “I love this game, I want it and I want all of the decks and I wish it wouldn’t cost me close to $200 to get all of the decks.”

It’ll be a little while longer before I can continue my Bar-Lev series; I got my dad Ogre as an early birthday present, and we played it 4 times, leaving no time to set up another round of Bar-Lev.  He said it was the coolest new board game he’d played in years.  Considering his tastes in board games, that’s saying something.  The only thing that’s a surprise to me was that he’d somehow missed it in the first place.

#Gamergate and Vox Day, Library Sale and a Near Miss

Strange that some of the pushback – from proGG individuals – was to Vox’s statement that Gamergate has moved beyond ethics in journalism when it has CLEARLY moved beyond just ethics in journalism. It’s impossible to deny that it’s generally become an anti-far-left movement, even though it includes many individuals who consider themselves to be on the left, and while the focus is primarily pop-culture (video games, comics, movies) that is where the war between right and left tend to be fought and – until recently – won by the far left. Ironically, since so many proGG individuals are moderate left, they’re beginning to fall into similar traps as radical leftists marginalize, isolate & attack those you disagree with because the cause (as an entity) is more important than the message.  That’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of cooler heads who are able to put it into proper perspective (those who come out and say they disagree with what Vox says, but say that he has the right to his opinion as does anyone who supports the movement), but it does call back to that spectre of Internet Aristocrat warning that GG could end up just as bad as the Tumblrites.

Strange to me are those whose complaints reflect the mistaken notion that it’s somehow Vox’s fault and not David’s that the interview was not about Gamergate but rather Vox’s ideas and beliefs. David was asking questions, Vox was just answering. Fortunately, it’s not everyone, but there’s enough for it to be troubling. As for whether or not Vox is part of gamergate, he’s been tweeting and blogging about it for months; just because you haven’t seen him doesn’t mean he’s not there. I haven’t seen most of the people who are tweeting out the pic I stole from Postmortem Studios before either.

Anyway, those Pakman interviews have blown up pretty big. Interestingly, while a lot of Gamergate supporters are claiming they’ve never heard of Vox (despite his months of support from/shooting the shit with both DaddyWarPig and Liz F, who are undeniably “prominent members”), trying to distance themselves and saying he was never actually Gamergate, Milo has thrown his support behind Vox in regards to the interview/incident, bringing things back full circle to Journalistic integrity no less. Apparently, a lot of the “gotcha’s” Pakman tried to use were not only out of context, but misquoted or made up. So, yeah, if someone pulls a “quote” from something from years ago that you weren’t prepared for, you’ll be caught a little off-guard and maybe even believe that the interviewer wasn’t making stuff up because, y’know, journalistic integrity?

Anyway, Dollar Tree still has 20+ copies of Rebel Moon, so I grabbed one…

…on the way home from a Library Sale!

I made out pretty well, scoring a haul that included a collection of Ursula K LeGuin short stories, a hardbound anthology with a Vance story, the 1st & 3rd Lyonnesse Vance books, and 3 issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine from the 70s.

Between leaving the library sale and buying a book by Vox Day, I almost ran over John Waters.

The light had just turned green, and a skinny guy in a pin-stripe suit with sunglasses and a pencil mustache didn’t notice that the Don’t Walk sign was flashing and almost stepped out right in front of me. He played it off all cool like he didn’t ACTUALLY need to cross the street there and started walking down the other street. “Oh, shit, baby, we almost just ran over John Waters!” “Should we say hi to him?” “I don’t know him; I’ve never watched any of his movies.” “I liked Hairspray & Crybaby.” “Do you want me to turn around? I might accidentally run him over again.” “No, it’s okay. But hey, at least we didn’t have to pay to see him!”

Bar-Lev wrap-up later this week.

Vox posted & responded to the Pakman interview here and on twitter in more places than I care to link; he’ll be doing a thorough dissection of it over the next few weeks.  Meanwhile, I might try to talk about some of the stuff in those ancient Sci-Fi rags I nabbed.

Dave Pakman 0-2 today

First he does an interview with Vox Day and rather than ask anything about gamergate, his work as a game dev, his time in a band, his work as a publisher, as a writer, as one of the forces behind this year’s Hugo Awards upset, Dave goes after some cherry-picked controversial statements.  I thought Vox did a decent job of clarifying his positions, and I’ll admit, I’ve moved from “I don’t know anything about Vox Day, but based on what everyone is saying about him he seems like a shithead” to “I think I’m okay with Vox Day!”  Anyway, Dave Pakman throws it up with a gamergate hashtag and basically calls Vox Day a rapist.

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Later he has an interview with Christina Hoff Sommers and then frames it as “#GamerGate: Christina Hoff Sommers Talks ‘Hardline’ Feminism, Disagrees with MRA Karen Straughan”, even including, after his paraphrasing (which thoroughly mischaracterized Karen’s point re:Women’s Suffrage movement), the full clip of Karen Straughan speaking with Cenk Uyger.

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Oops.

I doubt his interview with Liana K will be any better, but I’ll probably watch it because I like Liana K.

Sidenote/update: This guy gets it.

Be Careful How You Frame Those You’re Villainizing

The weirdest thing about how the anti-Puppies narrative-shaping is playing out is how they’ve gone from trying to convince everyone that Vox Day is some kind of raving lunatic to positioning him as some kind of brilliant chessmaster who has played everyone because he’s such a grand marshal.

That evil nasty Vox Day managed to manipulate and play all of the sides against each other because he’s such an evil genius. Larry and Brad were unwitting pawns in his scheme to conquor science fiction because Vox Day is a master student of modern warfare and COIN ops. The moderates have played into Vox’s hands, as have the SJWs, because Vox can see six moves ahead.

Congratulations. This is how everyone is going to imagine Vox Day now, and you have only yourselves to blame.

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Just as planned!

Also, I do not think that fascist means what Philip Sandifier thinks it means.

Lamentations, Summation of Summa, & Kicked out of CalEx

In lieu of of my B/X game this weekend, one of the members of our group wanted to test out Lamentations of the Flame Princess, which is cool because I’d been wanting to give the system a spin at some point but sure as hell wasn’t going to be buying the books myself.

And yeah, there’s some really gross art in there. One of the players was kind of apprehensive of the system, but we were promised that it would be weird, but not gross fantasy. Part of the purpose was to test out a random dungeon/content generator he’d come across and we’d been dropped into a setting supposedly influenced by Gormenghast. I haven’t read the books, and my girlfriend stopped watching the show just a little ways in (she’s super grossed out by breast-feeding), so I’m not really familiar with Gormenghast, so I was reminded more of Kowloon Walled City, given its narrow streets, improbably tall buildings with cramped and crowded rooms & halls. But anyway, the basic premise is a huge germanic fortified city with a river running through it, and on the east side of the river, a huge section of town has been abandoned for about 100 years because of some disaster that was magical and almost certainly necromantic in nature.

One of the snags we hit with his random generator was an impossibly crowded room. I don’t remember what it was (some sort of antlered monster), but we opened a door and were told that there was pile of sleeping humanoid monsters in a corner of the room.

Me: How many are there?
DM: Let me check… ::starts rolling::
Me: :: notices it’s a d10:: Oh god, there are 37 of them, aren’t there?
DM: Holy crap… ::still rolling:: No, just 31.
Me: I close the door as quietly as I can and suggest that perhaps there’s honest work to be found on the west side of the river.

Joking aside, we didn’t give up, and instead checked out another building. In true OSR fashion, we proceeded to take everything not broken or nailed down to fence on the other side of the river. Our magic user got Floating Disc as his level 1 spell, which meant it only took us 3 nights to haul out half a dozen decorative statues from the parlor one of the buildings.

We ended up not fighting anything, but I did have to perform an emergency tracheotomy on the cleric who got hit with a poison dart; I’ve never been in a game where having a signal whistle was NOT useful!

In other news, J’Rhazha died this weekend, so maybe I won’t write up that piece on the 15 minute workday after all. But damn! We killed a black dragon, a giant python, and some kind of treant from the Fiend Folio only to be TPKed by a pack of hatchet wielding grimlocks. 😦

I also finished Summa Elvetica by Satan Theodore Beale. I wouldn’t call it a classic, but it was a fun little story. I could kind of see some of the grander designs that Beale may have had from the outset, perhaps like a high-fantasy Canterbury Tales where each of the characters get to tell stories of their encounters with Elves and how it’s shaped their views of the elves and how those views are shaped by their own beliefs and convictions, but as it stands, we get a brief look at Christian pseudo-Rome, a couple stories on the road to the Elven Court and some swashbuckling at the climax. Summa Elvetica’s few twists and turn are rather predictable, but feel more as though they reward the reader’s foresight rather than treat them like idiots. Other than a few incredibly gruesome deaths, Summa Elvetica is ends up being a story that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy and wanting to loan it to your mom’s Sunday School class.

Finally, the stuff that went down at CalEx (registrants with a booth were kicked out and banned for wrongthink) was super disgusting, but rather than try to articulate how disgusted I am, I’ll just share a few links:

Sage Gerard – Go Home, Gamer Girl: Press Release on Unjust Banishment from Calgary Expo

Jenn of Hardwire – “Equality for Me, But Not for Thee” #calgaryexpo & Honey Badger Brigade Fiasco

Lucien Maverick – Free Speech Doesn’t Mean Much

James Desborough – #Gamergate – Conventions, Calumny and Badgers

Suitably Bored – The Mary Sue: Fear Mongering Journalism at its Best

Allum Bokhari – CALGARY EXPO FACES CONSUMER BACKLASH AFTER EXPELLING FEMALE CRITICS OF FEMINISM

Update: Just a couple days, the Honey Badgers have raised over $13,000 for a legal fund in seeking action against Calgary Expo.

Vox Day is all “Strike me down and I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”

I’ve got no beef with Vox Day.  I don’t necessarily agree with all of his positions, but I’m pretty sure he’s not the Devil.  I don’t like the idea of escalating the Hugo Wars, but Vox’s threat to No Award 2016 if No Award sweeps 2015 seems more like retaliatory escalation of the current escalation being proposed by some out there.  The scary thing is, not only is he open to the idea, he’d probably succeed.

There have been two very different cases with the two recent nominees dropping out: the first is Kloos, who dropped out because he was on the Rabid Puppies list.  The statistical analysis done by Nate Givens actually suggests that he was on the Hugo Finalists list BECAUSE of Vox Day’s recommendation, even more so than Torgerson/Correia/Hoyt’s recommendation.  Of course anyone has the right to decline a nomination, and no one should give Kloos shit for dropping out, and he’s already apologized (an apology that was publicly accepted) for calling Vox Day a “shitbag”.  But the fallout and consequences of withdrawing are unfolding, and what we’re seeing is a notion that Vox Day can destroy writers just by nominating them.  Now, it seems reasonable to me that Vox nominated Kloos because he thought that Kloos’ book deserved the attention; but ultimately Vox’s opponents have given him the power, by haranguing and demonizing anyone even tangentially associated with him, to take someone down just by claiming to enjoy them.  If you really hated Vox Day, this is the last thing you wanted to do, because it not only proves the Sad Puppies point, it proves his point and gives him new power which he never before had to influence the field.  It kind of reminds me of an old Penny Arcade blog where one of them mentioned that they had to avoid linking content they enjoyed because it was like casting the Eye of Sauron on whatever website they linked to with all of the traffic taking down the site.  Only instead of taking a website down, it’ll be a person’s chance to ever get named ‘Best in Science Fiction’.

The other case is the withdrawal of Annie Bellet.  I’m more disappointed about this one, because her story “Goodnight Stars” is REALLY GOOD and definitely deserved recognition.  Her reasons for withdrawing are rather different; she has suddenly shot to public attention, going from relative obscurity to being made a face of the controversy.  Lies have been told about the Puppies, and lies have been told about her, but she’s also easy go-to proof that the lies are lies; as such, she feels she’s been made a piece in the political game, and she wants no part in it.

One can’t help but feel like one is watching the Hugos fall apart or rather about to smash into a wall at 90 miles per hour, but less because of the Sad Puppies or any of the Nominees, really, but because the reactions, the threats, harassment and escalation brought on in response to them.  If their opponents go scorched earth this year with No Award campaigns concurrent with harassing nominees because of who nominated them, then it would be hard to blame Vox Day for retaliating with a scorched earth campaign of his on in 2016.  I don’t really think that anyone wants to see that happen – at least not on the Sad Puppies side – but it seems that there are a lot of folks unwilling to take their foot off the gas even though Vox has said he’s building a wall and even faxed everybody the invoice he got for the bricks and mortar.

On a more or less unrelated note, I started reading Summa Elvetica.  It’s not bad!

The Escapist, Vox Day, & Some Other Things

Damn big shakeup at Escapist over the last few weeks, culminating in Liz F becoming a contributor and Oliver Campbell being invited to submit a pitch.

These are gold:

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I’ve added escapistmagazine.com to my adblock white list and will maybe peek in once in awhile.

Anyway, I said months ago that this all could’ve been over quickly if more media outlets had taken a more reasonable approach to the situation as the Escapist did.

In Hugo news (kind of), I realized that I had a book by Vox Day sitting around waiting to be read and didn’t even know it. Several months back, someone on some blog (I forget which one, or I’d link it) was writing about elves in D&D, the question of if they had souls & OSR resurrection mechanics (which exclude elves). One of the commenters was all “I wrote a book about that once”. It sounded cool, so I added it to my Amazon wish-list and got Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy for Christmas. Flash forward to a few weeks ago: I brag to my B/X group about how Jeffro, one of the guys who beta-read City at the Top of the World, was in the running for a Hugo Nomination, and Castalia House & Vox Day came up. One of my players proceeded to go on a rant about how Vox Day was the Devil. A few days later, I see the book on my shelf, all “Theodore Beale… Hey, wait a minute! This is a book by that guy!” Summa Elvetica shot straight to the top of my reading list. I’ll probably have something to say here about it once I finish Foucault’s Pendulum. I might also pick up a copy of the novelization of Rebel Moon too, just for the heck of it, since the Dollar Trees in my town have had literally hundreds of copies for months, though they’ve dwindled down to the half-dozens recently.

Anyway, for whatever reason, I haven’t been able to get anything productive done at home, and that includes the stuff I said I’d work on for MYFAROG, which I should’ve done a month ago. I might just have to bring the book to work with me and write up those cards during my lunch breaks. Between being stuck in a depressive fugue and playing Daggerfall and Phantasy Star IV, I’ve done nothing productive except for in my ditherings at work.

On a parting note, here is some insightful thoughtfulness from KiteTales on identity:

Shadow Over Alfheim update will be up later this week.