If you’re one of the lucky and discerning bastards who follows The Alt-Right DM on the twit box, you’ve seen how schizophrenic he seems. Sometimes he even refers to himself in the third person. Fear not, good shitlord, The Alt-Right DM knows what he is doing!
Let’s look at a typical day in the Twitter life of this magnificent beast:
- Wallow in the cascade of likes and retweets that accompany any absence of more than an hour.
- Check the feed. Standard protocol political fare, a bit of poking at the backstabbing NeverTrumpers and reminding the faithful that guys like George Will, Hugh Hewitt, and all the (((analysts))) at FOX news got everything so completely wrong that they should be consigned to the remainder bin of history.
- Scroll through #dnd for the lastest geek news from Nerdtopia.
That third item is what we’re talking about today. That’s where The Alt-Right DM does his part to make tabletop gaming a better place to live. My tweets there follow a rough Pavlovian pattern – punish the bad, reward the good, make the fence-sitters think about their choices for once.
The first is easy. Any blatant thumb-sucking leftist gets hammered in fine Shitlord style. Mocking questions about the stupidity of their views. Direct challenges to the inherently contradictory tenor of their ‘inclusivity and diversity’ mantra. Frequent use of trigger words like “faggotry”, “gay”, “google”, and “choice”. This also applies to people who brag about their idiotic narrative style of play, with particular malice directed towards DMs who brag about the pretty hallways they force their players to tap dance their way along. Player choice ain’t just a river in Eqypt that vanishes once the last chargen option is written down, people.
So it may seem jarring to see me immediately turn around and fire off a dozen compliments to people on their pretty new dice, their in-jokes, and their delight at their first experience with the fun of RPGs. Some people may not understand how your host can wield the shiv so delicately one moment and then spend the next re-assuring nervous first time DMs that their players should fear what they have planned.
Then you have the fence-sitters. The people who genuinely don’t realize that they face a choice between simpering puddle of leftist mud or gleaming bronze statue of shitlord majesty. The response to these kinds of twits is as varied as they are. There is a spectrum of people leaning one way or the other, and it takes a delicate touch to pull them back onto the Right side of the fence. Sometimes that means simple questions that call out the ironic impossibility of increasing diversity by excluding the “wrong kind” of people. Sometimes that means reminding everyone that politics at the game table wrecks the game because it typically leads to full-blown convergence. Poe’s Law weaponized can be a powerful way to get reasonable people’s synapses firing – and a little thought is really all it takes to get people to abandon the siren song of perpetual victimhood peddled by the left.
(Oddly, all three of these serve as a great way to remind people to purchase a copy of Shitlord: The Triggering, available in print or PDF at Lulu.com today. Funny, that.)
It’s all part of the push-pull, Pavlovian response, training that the hobby needs right now. Go you now and do likewise.