I keep seeing memes like this. I grew up with a lot of This Guy. And I must say: I thought Olive Garden was not only fancy, but it was always outside of my price range. It still is. It is for millions of people who can vote. Maybe don’t shame them for that?
I’ve went to Olive Garden for family celebrations because it WAS the fanciest place in town. That town voted Obama twice. Writing these people off with classist attacks is a quick ticket to Trump’s second term.
Go after that guy! You’re not going to win him over. But his liberal working class community college educated sister? She thinks Olivia Garden is fancy. And she’ll stay home on Election Day if she thinks you’re not on her side.
I never understood how Pizzagate could even be a thing in a world where we actually have many of the MKUltra documents publicly declassified. Like, we tortured people and sexually abused children. This is known. There's no lines on a chalkboard to get there.
Any time I hear the phrase, "common sense gun control," I immediately check out because anything after that phrase will be something that absolutely does not address 99.9999% of the problem.
Like, sure, ban assault rifles. But pretty much nobody dies from assault rifles outside of military context.
And of course that's often followed up with some pithy comment about how we need to focus on mental health. Which always sounds like it's coming from someone who doesn't get how mental health services work on an even basic level.
I had someone ask me about gender and sexuality representation in #MoreThanNight. My official stance: there may be some cis hetero characters. But only if it makes sense. I won’t just add them for quotas or for tokenism and never if it’s at the story’s expense.
And look. I’m not opposed to cishets. I just don’t think they have to be shoehorned into everything. I’m not a bigot. I am okay with straight marriage! Jeez
Actually in my second novel, #iHunt, the character Denny was cishet. I didn’t mention it in the text, but it was intended.
So it’s really unfair to assume I don’t have straight representation in my works.
On a secondary topic, if you think sharing someone’s email address that they not only publicly use but advertise in interviews constitutes a dox, I’m very glad for your sake that you’ve never experienced actually being doxed. Because that ain’t it.
I actually find the reference offensive. It diminishes the things that happen and destroy lives. If you give that address in emails, it isn’t some hidden secret.
Someone apparently got a threat in an email. Asked how the email address got out, he blamed me. That, in no uncertain terms, is bullshit. Otherwise, literally posting interviews he’s done is a dox.
In the end, Vampire 5E is going to be a success. And like White Wolf said, 25% of their customers will support closed borders and deportations. And next year when it's up for awards, I'm gonna wake up to death threats from the same sociopaths that feel welcome in gaming.
There's never enough proof when it comes to abusers and harassers. You can provide clear, concrete evidence of what they're doing. You can show them screwing up and playing their hand, even posting in the first person about themselves from sock puppets. It'll NEVER be enough.
Saying, "Here's evidence that these people are abusers and harassers" is never going to do anything. At all. Because the people who actually care have already made their decisions. And the others? They don't want to admit it. But they fucking like it. They want it.
Remember when Jello Biafra wrote that Dead Kennedys classic, “Nazi Punks Comprise 25% Of Our Population So One of Every Four People That But Our Records Will Be Nazis?”
If you want art that Nazis won’t like? Here’s my novel, #iHunt: Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy. Where my half Asian, half Chicana poor protagonist kills a vampire in a MAGA hat a couple chapters in.
I’ve had a wash of glowing notes about how much people love and still play my version of Changeling the Lost. That was unexpected but feels really good.
It was a game about being put on the spot by people who pursue you for years and years, who you can never really stop because the culture doesn't have mechanisms to help in your situation. Fuck that hurt. I'm proud of what I did, sad that it will never see the light of day.
They recently had someone unrelated reach out and ask me if I wanted to use my current name in the credits. I agreed. In a way, I appreciated it. But in a way, it was holy fuck bittersweet to rip off THAT scab.
“This guy’s fans will dogpile you if you say anything disparaging about him.”
100 randos: Nuh uh!
Well I’m convinced.
I’m just gonna start calling him Zhannon, since Shannon’s the name of an industry figure he was proven to impersonate for over a year on Reddit. But you know, ten guys in your mentions saying, “WHERE’S TEH PROOF?”
And before anyone asks, here he is using his account impersonating an owner of RPG.net that he forgot to sign out of before responding to a post about him using the first person.
Mixing streams... I got followed by a few hundred gamer types yesterday. I have to remember that not everyone knows terms like "donut twitter." Inside baseball language is always important to consider.
So, if you hear me talking about "liberals," there's a good chance I'm not actually talking about you specifically. I'm a radical leftist, and I don't at all identify as a liberal (I disagree with about... 99% of popular liberal stances.) Sorry in advance.
But I'm super into engagement. If I say something that rubs you the wrong way, I'll absolutely clarify. That MIGHT make it more palatable. Maybe it won't. But I do use a lot of Twitter Left shorthand.
Oh sure. I'll find the person that thinks I should have fewer civil rights because I'm trans. I'll find the person who thinks I should be imprisoned because of my gender expression. And I'll hug him. Because feels.
Literally Steve, none of these people are coming for your rights. None of them are threatening to kill you. It's real fucking easy to espouse civility and nicety when your life and rights aren't on the line. Maybe instead of hugging them, hug more people like us? We need it.
Since 2015, I've been constantly told by liberals that I need to be quiet and toe the line because of my politics, because of my identity. Now they're telling people to hug Nazis. Maybe if they didn't attack and eschew the left, maybe if they hugged the left, we wouldn't be here.
So game design. The more I'm exploring, the more I'm feeling that essays and pamphlets work better than books for the form. The Communist Manifesto was an 80 page pamphlet, and it was able to do what it needed and then some.
When I was working with White Wolf, I kept pushing to make Vampire 5E a pamphlet. 60-80 pages. With comprehensive rules you could literally print on a playing card. And a character sheet to suit. But I got pushback because "our audience is focused on collecting."
This is to say that playability and focus had to take a backseat to the form. The form, in this case, had to be a tome with a spine that had a bold presence on a bookshelf someone would expect to keep for 20+ years and perhaps open once.
D&D thread. Feel free to ignore. Just working out some experiential thoughts and feels. But please don't reply with whatever game you think I should be playing instead—my friends are just playing D&D, and I absolutely know whatever point you're going to make.
So I'm running into a frequently recurring issue, in that it feels like no one choice we make, no one action we take matters. The game really doesn't want there to be pivotal choices that at all reflect within the mechanical engagement in any meaningful way.
For example, I'm playing a sniper. An Artificer. The village we were staying in was being terrorised by a tribe of orcs. Pretty standard faire stuff. The orcs managed to get some massive boulders to a precarious position and rolled them down to the town.
I now want to write a Democrat's Guide to Sun Tzu. Featuring gems like, "If your enemy looks insurmountable, politely ask them to stop themselves from attacking. Then when they don't, claim you're in it for the long game." #DemocratSunTzu
"The true path to victory requires throwing immigrant children under the bus, then still categorically losing exactly as badly as if you hadn't thrown immigrant children under the bus."
"If you have a supermajority and can pass powerful legislation which would save millions of lives and guarantee success for years to come, the real success is eschewing that power and creating something terrible that's easily dismantled by your successor."