Hey Nerds, What’s Next on the Fun Agenda?

For all the sand that the in-crowd kicks in the faces of we coolness challenged individuals, isn’t it something how they always come around and commandeer the stuff we find fun and interesting?

The dirty little secret of the universe is that there is something universally appealing about genuine nerds and their pursuit of the joy and happiness brought about by a relentless pursuit of their own interests and in the camaraderie of like-minded fellow travelers. Sure, they take a lot of grief for having priorities that don’t align with those of the normies stuck in the status rat-race, but deep down everyone can respect a man who properly prioritizes his own interests over the demands of the status seeking members of the mob. It takes some time, but eventually the world always comes around to the nerd way of thinking.

piperThere was a time (before Hugo Gernsbeck) when tinkering for radio and tech was for losers. Now everyone has one in his car. There was a time (before Arnold Swarzenegger) when we Charles Atlas wannabes and swole as hell bodybuilders were considered weirdos. Now everyone wants to get ripped. There was a time when Star Wars and comic books were for booger eating dorks. Now (for a little while anyway) they are the biggest draw at the box office. There was a time (pre-YouTube) when D&D was the sole purview of mathcentric Tolkeinphiles who had to take their Mom to the prom*. Now (an empty simulacrum of) D&D features in dozens of podcasts, webcasts, and streams, and Hollywood celebs brag about their campaign the way they once bragged about their cigar and whiskey collections.

But Ozymandias will not be denied. Radio gave way to mp3s, lifting heavy gave way to yoga, and Star Wars gave way to Kathleen Kennedy. The mob is fickle and constantly demands new and different soporifics, and who do they look to for the creative impetus for crafting these new and different soporifics?

Us.

The single-minded nerds who chased our own dreams and pursued our own fun for years while the masses played with whatever toy they took from us last time. We are the candle in their creative darkness, and the ones to whom they look for guidance. Not because they think what we do is particularly fun, but because we have so much fun doing what we do that they can’t help but want to slice a piece of fun out of our recreational cake.

Which is great news for civilization, because when you watch the news you see two kinds of crowds. When you read social media, you read two kinds of crowds. On the one side you have bitter and angry leftists pouting about the Golden Emperor’s latest tweet, sneering at goodness and decency, and smugly celebrating the demolition of cherished American idols. Their recycled jokes fall flat, their anger feels hollow, and their passion is as wet as a post-wall ingenue in a room full of Hollywood billionaire executives. They crafted their whole personas around appealing to the cool kids table and are utterly miserable in the house of lies that is what passes for their life.

On the other side you have the laughter and creativity of the Trumplords. They laugh in the face of danger, throw dangerous meme-bombs into the woods of social media, and embrace the fun of fighting as a nothing-to-lose underdog beset by the Official Tastemakers and in constant risk of ostracism from conventions, websites, and the pinky-lifting pearlclutcher cocktail parties for which “journalists” these days sell their very souls for a mere invitation. The Trump crowd doesn’t care what the shaved and dyed haired Dean Wormers of today think, and the normies see that swagger and the choice is clear.

The Trump nerds have more fun. And they will lead the mobs into the promised land of American Reborn in the same way that the D&D nerds led the mobs into the promised land of superheroes, adventure, and (maybe in the post Kathleen Kennedy years) Star Wars.

It’s also great news for tabletop RPGs. Because all that fresh meat sucked in by the Live Play videos of community theater and improv club rejects – seriously, how do you get rejected from those groups is beyond me, they’ll take anybody with a warm pulse – will find GirlD&D kind of cute. But after realizing how vapid and empty GirlD&D really is, some of them will glance around the cafeteria and notice that those ill-dressed poindexters huddled over their 3d6-in-order character sheets sweat the most, laugh the most genuine snorts of laughter, and cheer their victories the loudest. And then they’ll come a-callin’. They’ll wonder how Those Losers could possibly be having so much fun, and they’ll listen for the code words. OSR? D4 Thieves? Random first level spells?

It’ll take some time, but they’ll come around. They always do.

*She was a very good dancer, I’ll have you know.

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About The Alt-Right DM

At long last, a tall cool drink of alt-right water in the midst of a liberal and cuckservative desert. Inspired by the need for soldiers in the Culture War, E. Reagan Wright volunteered to stand up to the forces of progressivism before they complete their takeover of the once energetic, diverse and just plain fun hobby of role-playing games. A lone voice in the digital wilderness preaching to that quiet, right-wing remnant that has languished in the cold for years. E. Reagan Wright loves his Mom, guns, apple pie, football, and calling that lesser game by its rightful name - soccer.
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3 Responses to Hey Nerds, What’s Next on the Fun Agenda?

  1. Max Boivin says:

    I don’t think the washed masses “joining” the hobby is a good thing.
    The “cool kid” never liked the nerd. Yes, they see the nerd having fun and they want in, but they want in with their own crew. They don’t want to mix, or mix at the bare minimum. When I see the nerd white-knighting for the “cool kid” (really for the whamen), I know how this is gonna end.
    One day, the nerd will be in a con or something and will see the cute normie girl feigning interest in the hobby. She might even be cosplaying, showing a lot of skin and cleavage (but don’t objectify her). Thinking that they share interests, the nerd will gather all of his courage to make a clumsy move on the normie girl. Not only will the normie girl not be interested, she will be insulted that this nerd dare made a move on her. Her ego will be injured. You see, the fact that this guy thinks he could make a move on her suggests that he thinks they are social equals. She can let that happen, so she’s gonna react in the only way that makes sense (and that might even be unconscious); she’s gonna claim harassment. After all, there must be something wrong with this guy, he’s definitely a creep. No sane person would think it’s ok for such a nerd to make a move on a cute girl.
    And the worst part is that a good number of the nerds will side with the normie girl, hoping to score some V points, get noticed and maybe have a pat on the head. The poor guy will be called out, ostracised and become a pariah.

    This is not gonna happen to me because I’m a Chad and I’m aware of this trap, but will see some poor socially challenged chaps get burn in this way.

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    • I remember a couple years ago, when Pokemon Go was the latest fad, that a woman wrote a newspaper column where she literally did complain about nerds talking to her when she was out in public. She asserted that they had no right to start a conversation with her just because they were both playing Pokemon Go.

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  2. The Alt-Right DM says:

    It’s absolutely a bad thing. No question – all it’ll do (has done) is water down the hobby, eliminate the challenge, and warp into something spoon fed and consumed rather than dived into head first and appreciated for the richly layered complexity that only nerds can truly understand and appreciate.

    The “I Effing Lerve Science” crowd represents the worst sort of dullards out there, and that’s who is glomming onto D&D now because they saw it on that smart derple show with the blonde and those four nerds, hyuk hyuk.

    Where’s a gatekeeper when you need one?

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