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Phenomenon 2017 Hot Wash Up

So, this year I decided to attend Phenomenon 2017, a roleplaying convention held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. It’s strange, because I’ve been living in Canberra for a decade on and off, and can only remember going to one Pheno game previously.…
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So, Mass Effect Andromeda is shortly being released into the wild, and already the criticisms are coming in. Beside’s the fact that my personal circumstances hinder my ability to spend hours playing a video game since Mass Effect 3 I was always cautious…
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So, it’s a little bit overdue but here’s my review of the Season 4 Tabletop Episode of Fate Core. Tellingly, Wil says something to the tune of “the gold standard of narrative RPGs”, which I would think should be on the back cover of the book now. Overview…
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Let me be clear:

There's no amount of evidence that can get people who defend abusers, harassers, and stalkers to acknowledge that they're defending abusers, harassers, and stalkers.

It's never sufficient. You can provide the absurd amount of evidence necessary to resolve an average CSI: Miami plot, and that will not be enough. Everything will always be too circumstantial. Everything will always have a reason to doubt.

There's never a silver bullet. There's never a smoking gun. If you demonstrate for seven years something has happened, there's literally nothing that can happen in the eighth year that'll change their mind, because it's easier to tune out victims and continue to obfuscate reality than it is to admit you've always been wrong.

I hear this refrain constantly: "Maybe this time, they'll finally see. This time, it's obvious. There's no denying it." And it's never, ever right.

This week, we've literally shown a guy who's been accused of sock puppet harassment very, very clearly impersonated a member of the RPG community. He made an obvious mistake that showed what he was doing, beyond a shadow of a doubt. This changed exactly zero minds. It won't.

The people who talked about how the "real problem" being fucking game edition wars, or how it's "just a disagreement about things we like," they still think that. They're going to do mental gymnastics. They're going to put their fingers in their ears. They're going to tell us we should just sit down and politely work out our disagreements. They're going to call us gatekeepers for not being kind enough to abusers, harassers, and stalkers.

And they're not allies. They're enablers at best. They're complicit. The reason abusers, harassers, and stalkers get to continue doing what they do is because of people like this.
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So, White Wolf has released two app games for their oWoD (cWoD) lines, and one of the authors is a somewhat controversial individual (further details can be found here). Interestingly I posted this information to a Facebook group in a neutral manner, and…
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People sometimes ask me why such over the top steps need to be taken to declare that everyone is welcome as a game designer. After all, we all agree that this is true, right?

And yes, we do largely agree. Almost no one actually says that people shouldn't be game designers or that they shouldn't make things. I mean, yes, some people, but they a very small group of known assholes, and they have problems well beyond this. By and large, as a community (or as a collection of communities) we agree that anyone can design games.

So given that, isn't it silly and pointless to dwell on the fact that anyone can be a game designer?

Sure seems it, if you think that's the extent of the conversation. The problem is - it is not. I do not wave the flag of game design because people say you can't do it, I wave it because once you actually do it, then people are going to come out of the woodwork to tell you that the thing you made is crap. Utter crap. Pointless and wasteful.

Many of these, I should note, are people who have supported the nominal idea that everyone can design games - they are merely revealing an unspoken but.(1).

And that is the point when it is easiest to think "I'm not a game designer. My thing is crap. I should stop.". And that is the moment when I want to be there with my stupid, corny card or my dumbass panel or other belief that no, godammit, you can make the thing, and I am SO GLAD YOU DID.

Because I am. Your thing is awesome. It need not be perfect. It need not even work. But it's the application of your mind and heart to a medium that I love, and that means it's going to carve new shapes that I have never seen before. Maybe I won't like those shapes. Maybe they're not shapes I will use. But the only way we ever find out is because someone makes the shapes, and I will never stop celebrating that.

So keep it up. Please.


(1) - and often an explicitly spoken ass.
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If you want to support great local talent in the Australian film industry, check out the crowdfunding page below. The director is trying to get a web series going about a Dad that while passed away, still lives on in memory and gives the guidance (and occasional Dad joke) to his daughter. It's a labour of love, and so please consider supporting with financial assistance or signal boosting.

https://pozible.com/project/205588
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The Katanas & Trenchcoats Kickstarter ends in 37 hours. We're so close to unlocking having the book in Darkest Color!
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