In a recent blog post, The Mixed GM danced around a subject that all sorts of people have danced around for a good long while – even your humble host. I’m using his post as a jumping off point and adding to his analysis. Mixy, baby, don’t take this the wrong way. You should take this as a compliment. You are truly an inspiration and a delight.
Here it is. Right here. Here’s the problem with modern D&D and the world in general:
That is all you need [to play D&D], a fair GM and non-jerk players.
You wouldn’t think that would be hard. It didn’t used to be, but we live in modern America, and the SJW chickens are coming home to roost on a regular basis.
Oh – hi, Nikolas Cruz, graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. You’ve got some feathers on your shoulders there, buddy.
Yes, we’re going to take a little detour into the world of real-life politics. Unlike the SJW grave dancing in a sort of Ghost Dance to protect the world from American culture once and for all, we’re going to stand over the battered body of America and engage in a little triage – see if we can’t diagnose the problem and prescribe a bit of healing therapy. This thought intruded on my fore-brain while reading Mixy’s post and my back-brain was churning away. As the worst sort of edgelord and reactionary, my brain is given to making all sorts of James Damorian connections and tying together disparate events in an attempt to make sense of the idiocy that surrounds us all.
Every time some neurotic teen with Mommy issues and a love of Woody Allen movies shoots up a school or movie theater, the rift between Americans and not-Americans grows a little wider. On the one hand, the not-Americans use the event as an excuse to make America a little less American. Their solution is always to shrug and say, “Welp, some people just can’t do civilization and liberty correctly. Since they can’t, I guess we’ll just have to rewrite the rules and strip out all the good stuff that makes this situation unique. If we turn this magnificent exception into the same sort of gray goo you see everywhere, then things will be sooo much better. It’s the only way to be sure.”
Some people* just can’t handle liberty.
Most of those people can’t even handle the existence of liberty. They can’t just bugger off and find a strongman to throw chains upon their own shoulders, they have to work to place the yoke upon everyone’s shoulders.
In the case of civilization, they see that “some people” can’t handle the freedom to own guns, and rather than return to that which made it possible to have a safe culture that also was a gun culture (i.e. high trust society built on cultural homogeneity), they work to rewrite the rules of the game to strictly prohibit the private ownership of firearms. Only the guys at the very tippity-top of things should have them. The final solution in their eyes is to make everyone play a strict and hard-code of rules from which none may deviate without the express written permission of the rule writers. They take the approach that people are terrible, and they can’t fix people, so they’ll cram them into identical little boxes, and that will make everything all better.
In much the same manner, these mental deficient just can’t handle the liberty inherent in game like the pre-1980 iterations of D&D. They have a few bad experiences with people who aren’t equipped for an open-ended social game like D&D, and rather than work to help the world understand how to be a better role-player – through pushing for a high-trust culture of social homogeneity – they just rewrite the rules to strictly prohibit DM Adjudication. Only the guys at the very tippity-top of things should get to decide the rules. The final solution in their eyes is to make everyone play a strict and hard-coded of rules from which none may deviate without the express written permission of the rule writers. They take the approach that people are terrible, and they can’t fix people, so they’ll cram them into identical little boxes, and that will make everything all better.
As above, so below.
These are brain patterns we’re working with here, people. The fake-geeks that invaded tabletop RPGs had no hope of toppling the juggernaut of American culture, so they keyed in to a few vulnerable spots. Introduce a few cancer cells like ascending AC here, tack on a ‘muh representation’ paragraph there, and before you know it, you’ve got a full blown SJW blastocyst festering in a niche of a niche hobby. It might not seem like much, but that kind of tumor can quick metastasize and spread throughout the culture at large and before you know it, the kids are on the street corner in black hoodies beating up trash cans and sticking it to the man by fighting for their thought-masters in academia, media, synagogues, mosques, government, international government, NGOs, fake-Christian churches, and the Pope. And yes, in tabletop RPGs.
Save America, nerds – play Moldvay. The future of the Republic depends on it.
*Just so we’re clear, but “those people”, I mean Democrats.
Democrats and non-Americans. But I repeat myself.