If a towering giant of a man like our next president can be the bigger man and admit to rhetorical mistakes, then a lowly foot soldier in his forces can do the same.
Sometimes, in the defense of the greatest country on earth, (America,) and the greatest hobby within that country, (RPGs,) you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I, like Trump, have done that, and I, like Trump, regret it, especially where again, like Trump, it may have caused personal pain.
Mr. Medeiros seems like a decent guy. He has an alien way of looking at people, relationships, and social past-times, but we should be able to live with that. He seems genuinely interested in seeking out alternative viewpoints, and we should be able to discuss those. He wants to produce the best darn game he can, and he should be able to write that. Thanks to all the metaphorical knives in my back lovingly placed there by his political allies, I can’t trust him, but that’s a reflection of the reality built by his political allies, and not a reflection of either of our feelings for each other.
So let’s set the USS MAGA on a different course and try to steer the conversation along a gentler tack.
To you political leftists with your faith in the great god of The Narrative, please stop. Just…stop.
You’re hurting America.
You’re making the RPG community a worse place. You’re needlessly stirring up animosity and division, and you’re trying to make outsiders of the very outsiders who built the community that you want to commandeer for your own petty political aims.
What seems to you like a nice innocent little ‘ol game about the fantasy that how all men are evil, how the culture of western civilization is evil, and how we can work together to make those things be less noble, less heroic, and more self-destructive, might actually convince some naïve soul that men really are evil, that the culture of western civilization really is evil, and that we really should work together to make those things be less noble, less heroic, and more self-destructive. Those ideas are bad. They are destructive. And they are hurting the hobby.
The cancerous ideas upon which The Watch is constructed are unhealthy, and the hobby community has already contracted a near-fatal dose of them. You mistake the symptoms of the disease for healthy functioning, and you mistake the healthy functioning for cancerous tumors that must be biopsied.
GenCon attendance is higher than ever, but how much of that increase is due to more RPG players, and how much to GenCon reskinning itself as just another ComicCon? An RPG convention with ten thousand dedicated role-players is healthier than an IP convention with fifty thousand movie fans and five thousand role-players. But you don’t understand that. Every RPG convention panel featuring the latest crackpot feminist theory for “discussion”, complete with though monitors ready to eject anyone showing the first sign of dissent from the approved narrative, crowds out a convention panel featuring the hot new game designer or artist or beardy member of the old guard (who we’re losing at an all too rapid clip these days). But you don’t believe that. Every Orwellian code of conduct advertised as fair but enforced asymmetrically, even the hint of such enforcement which everyone paying attention to the situation knows to be asymmetric, drives away potential additions to the hobby – good, decent, hardworking centrists who might want to play a game with some nice new people without having to worry about the thought police flipping their table. But you don’t admit that.
You’re making this small sub-subculture worse.
This small subculture is a part of America, and you’re making that part of America, and by extension America itself, worse.
You’re hurting America.
So please. Just stop.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a bright new shiny thing to play with. Watch this space. It might get quiet for a while, but that’s just because I’m working on something big.