Remember that White Knight leaping to the defense of M’Lady Anna Krieder that I predicted wouldn’t publish my comment and then he totes didn’t? He ain’t publishing no more comments no more. Yo, check it:
Of course, he quotes me repeatedly in his explanation, but won’t credit me for the quotes. He’s perfectly happy to take my intellectual contributions to the conversations, but doesn’t want anyone to know who exactly made those contributions. So now not only doesn’t he want to have one of those, “We Need To Talk About” conversations, he doesn’t want to have ANY conversations. He just wants to be left alone to do his thing.
I know exactly how he feels.
Honest, I do. That’s how I spent the first 30 years of my gaming life. It didn’t matter what the next table was doing, because I could just keep on trundling along doing my own thing. But that wasn’t good enough for the “Everything within the narrative, nothing outside the narrative,” crowd of which Anna and Ryan are proud members. They had to come into my little hobby and demand that everything within the hobby cater to their own myopic, anti-science, anti-goodness, and anti-decency worldview.
Everything. The publishers. The conventions. The blogs. The social media.
THEY decided that people at the table who checked their politics at the door weren’t welcome, and that the table was just the perfect place to inject political discourse. Well, THEY wanted it, and now THEY are getting it good and hard straight up the old pooper – and not in the literal way that they’re pushing everywhere from movies to schools to churches, but in the metaphorical way. And they can’t hack it.
Suddenly they just don’t want all this politics in gaming any more. They just want to be left alone to do their thing. They just want to put the genie back in the bottle because of all those evil people who don’t understand that giving them the power to dictate every aspect of our lives – even how we pretend to be elves (which is a class, not a race, thank you very much) – would make for the sort of earthly paradise that followed on the heels of the October Revolution and the Cultural Revolution and whatever euphamism the Khmer Rouge used for the the killing fields. They really can’t take the heat of the fire that they set.
They’re so scared of the Alt-Right DM that they dare not say his name.
You read that? All it took was one asthmatic, diabetic, Jewish, reprobate pushing back, and they’re all running for cover. It’s not the same full blown surrender that we got out of Anna, so we’ll just bask in the fact that there’s one less place where people are seriously discussing the continued destruction of gaming.
Let that be a lesson to everyone. Keep pushing. Keep resisting. Stay on the offensive and drive them from the tabletop field of battle. It’s the only way we can be left to discuss more important issues like, is B/X a great D&D system…or the greatest D&D system?