255 Game Creators For Hillary (for me to poop on)

I don’t have time to go into this list in detail, because I’m too busy getting issue 4 ready to go out the door, but a laundry list of people in gaming have signed onto this bizarre open letter trying to convince gamers that Hillary is a cool D&D mom.

Aside from the fact that her campaign manager actually is into 1980s style ritual abuse that people tried to associate D&D with, this is an absolutely non-sense argument.

There are a lot of Pathfinder and Wizards of the Coast schmucks on this list, like the utterly loathable Jessica Price and that weenis Mike Mearls, as well as the Cards Against Humanity crew. The only names I’m bummed about are Liz Danforth, Jeff Grubb, and Tim Brannan.  Brannan comes as a bit of a surprise, given his penchant for pinups, but he’s also really big into witches, so maybe the whole Spirit Cooking thing floats his boat.

One very important name is not on this list: E. Reagan Wright

You should probably be playing this instead of that Pathfinder or 5e garbage anyway.

 

Geordie Tait: A Man In His Own Words

I know I updated the original post, but I really think that this deserves a post of its own.

Geordie Tait went on King of Pol’s stream and doubled down, entirely straight-faced and without hyperbole, on advocating genocide against groups with whom he disagrees.

You can listen to the interview here, though you might want to fast forward a bit to where he joins Pol on the stream.

http://hitbox.tv/#!/embedvideo/316600

I’m really glad that I had stopped playing and buying Magic: the Gathering cards before this guy would’ve been profiting from my purchases.

Update: over the course of the day, I’ve finally managed to finish listening to everything in the interview, and I must say, this is the most frightening thing I’ve seen in all of gamergate.  I agree with Sargon: this hardline stance and attitude perfectly illustrates how things like the Holocaust can happen.  The thorough and complete dehumanization of a group of people, placing said group on the opposite end of not just an ideological spectrum, but a moral spectrum, then advocating for the elimination of said group can be completely justified within this frame of mind.

I do NOT think that Geordie Tait is representative of all people who are anti-gamergate; some people who are anti-gamergate may just be misinformed or simply just don’t care (though most who don’t care tend to be neutral on the subject) rather than be ideologues or corrupt individuals, Geordie Tait, on the other hand, is not just an ideologue academician or journalist or whatever. He is an incredibly dangerous and possibly sociopathic individual who should probably be avoided at all cost.  I do not, however, advocate silencing or censoring Geordie Tait: I’m reminded of how the Tale of Heike described the actions of Tairo no Ason Kiyomori against Buddhism, in that his crimes against the religion made it stronger because he could be a shining example of the world of how not to behave, a reverse mirror image of what that which he opposes stands for*.

* Edit 2: When I mentioned this, I had no idea someone had created a “joke” twitter account of a mirror universe “nega Geordie” who advocates Buddhism.  Coincidence?  The Buddha works in mysterious ways.  (And no, I’m not “Nega Geordie”, nor am I on twitter, nor do I really think it’s a good idea, even though it is kinda funny…)

White Book Blues

So there is some discussion going on about the rerelease of the D&D White Books, and the strange choices that WotC made in making changes to the original artwork. Instead of going for the oldschool line drawn doodle art (let’s face it, that shit is doodles) Wizards has gone with their typical modern commercial fantasy art. Line drawn, of course, but definitely lacking that “old school” childish “here is my stubby dwarf” and “lookit the amazon’s boobies!” feel.

So, some people are questioning why WotC would be depriving fans of an “authentic” reprint. Well, because I guess they want to feel like they’re adding something of value to the reprint content-wise. Honestly, if they DIDN’T change the artwork, the only thing that Wizards would be adding value-wise to a product that costs $150 is a little wooden box. The old PDFs of OD&D are readily available and free for anyone who wants them. This poses a problem for a commercial enterprise. Anyone wanting to make an “authentic” reprint of the White Book editions merely has to go in, do some minor layout adjustments so that the booklets will print out in a way to be easily saddle stitched. And that’s if you REALLY want the books to look and feel like the old ones. You know, cheaply made, cheaply printed, and held together with a saddle stitch.

Wizards probably feels that they should offer something that isn’t readily available for free, so they tinker with the classic art of a nearly unplayable antiquity of gaming. But in doing so, they get the old folks, who claim to be the main ones interested in the product, all complaining and out of whack. But if they simply rerelease the original version, the old folks who will say “yay, it’s the original!” will either already have it, have the pdfs, or have some other excuse to not drop $150 on something which they will give their nod of approval to but have no need or use for because they’ve seen it all before. So by putting in new artwork as a “value-add”, Wizards create a product that old gamers will bitch about because “it’s not the real thing”, but are still the primary market for it, as they are the most likely to drop that kind of money on a D&D novelty item. Let’s face it: new gamers are NOT going to drop $150 to get into D&D via the most poorly written, poorly organized edition of the game. It’s strange to me that there are people out there who’ve even suggested that this might be the case.

In some ways, this reprint was a lose-lose for WotC: it’s a product that is readily available for free and the only market for it either has it or will bitch that it is not identical to the original which is free.

How to deal with copyright infringement

If you are confronted with an instance of copyright infringement, there are right and wrong ways handle it.

If you encounter copyright infringement, here is an appropriate way to handle it:
-Report the instance of copyright infringement to the appropriate party
-(optional) Inform the offender that you suspect infringement and have notified the appropriate party
-Go about your business and let the involved parties sort things out.
-(optional) Advise others not to patronize the works of the infringer

DO NOT ENCOURAGE HARASSMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL.

Seriously. Don’t do it. If Hasbro & Wizards of the Coast want to deal with someone writing bad Mystara fan fiction and passing it off as their own, they will deal with it, and I’m sure they appreciate being informed about it. But what’s bad is when a deluge of people feel the need to shame this person, harass them and encourage other people to do the same. This person has made a mistake by passing off someone else’s work as their own, and they’re going to pay the price, in terms of money and credibility. Their life is probably going to suck a lot in near future, so don’t make their life worse by posting harassing messages on social media or sending tons of emails to this person. Unless you bought something from this person or were someone who had their IP infringed upon, you have no reason to be in contact with this person other than your own satisfaction by getting your digs in.

Internet mob justice is NOT the answer.