Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Take The Advice You're Given!

Pfft! So much for trying to reach out and pull mainstream gamers out of the swill they inhabit. So on RPGnet yesterday, there was a thread about this guy who wanted advice for his Rifts game as far as technical advice for ships. I was gratified to see so many “Rifts Sux!” responses, but I still wanted to throw in my two cents. I don’t know any specifics about ships, but I helpfully told him that his game was for total retards and that I felt he could do better by switching over to Polaris or Bacchanal. Well, HE copped an attitude and said if he wanted to play Polaris or Bacchanal, he’d have darn well said so in the first place! Well, that’s the last time I offer him my help (not really, of course)! Sometimes, people are embarrassed about letting their cultural and academic betters suggest a course of action for them, and I understand that. It’s the same problem we have with Middle America not voting for Democrats like our best and brightest actors tell them to. But it still makes me sad knowing that guy could be playing something important and superior instead of what he and his group want.


Blogger Zweihander said...

"it still makes me sad knowing that guy could be playing something important and superior instead of what he and his group want."

Sir, as a man who has personally witnessed a player-led revolt on a GM, I can only sympathize. All good GMs know and respect the power of mob rule.

That's why I asked *hired* a big guy with a knife I call 'Stabby' to co-run my games with me. It has taken my Wushu Dogs in the world of the Shab-al-hiri Roach to an all know level, and player satisfaction has never been higher.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Arthur said...

Hi there,

Your RSS feed seems to be broken - if I point my browser at I get an error message.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Zweihander: Of course, I am an advocate of shared-power GMing, which means I believe that a GM who does not let his players arbitrarily change the settings and rules on a whim is deficient. Be this as it may, your Wushu Dogs Shab-al-hiri Roach game sounds entirely credible, and so I suppose if you must convert the non-"Awakened" Gamers at knifepoint, the ends would justify the means in this case.

@ arthur: I'll see what I can do about it. I suspect Gamerist sabotage, but it could also be reactionary Traveller Grognards despearte to maintain the status quo.

11:43 AM  
Blogger MDK said...

Google Reader (and coincidentally my brain) are not damaged by your RSS.


1:04 PM  
Blogger The RPG Griot said...

I can't believe that you all listen to his Pig-Dog filth! Can't you see that any game that isn't d20 isn't SUCCESSFUL, and therefore it isn't fun?

I would blow up a bus full of babies if it meant that one of you Filthy Pig-Dogs would stop inflicting your horrible games on the rest of us.

More to come.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Griot: This is a place for intellectuals, sir. And like any good intellectual, I will moderate your comments if they disagree with mine. Please try to keep a civil tongue in your head while the rest of us talk about transcending Game into Art.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Zweihander said...

Ah, I wouldn't bother with Griot. He sounds like he's lost in the limbo of Bankruptist thought. He probably just likes blowing up babies for their experience point values, which reinforces his unthematic class/level weltanschauung

2:44 PM  
Blogger The RPG Griot said...

But games are nothing more than games! I despise all you intellectual elitists with your newfangled ideas about games. Do you think Almighty Gygax worried about "gaming as art" as he rolled dice with his blessed cheeto-stained fingers? NO! He played games to be entertained, not to THINK!

I am 100% against all elitist Pig-Dogs who think that what they do is so dramatic or world-changing. And my superior intelligence and rhetoric will disprove you all, and will change the world and Save Gaming for Mankind!!!

Just you wait.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Indeed, Zweihander, listen not to his Bankruptist inanities. From the extesnive psychological experience I have garnered from playing My Life With Master, I can state with some certainty that his issues stem from someone not loving him enough as a child, which is why he now gains a childish release through mindless butchery and low-brow dice rolling.

Let us move on to happier, more cerebral topics where that poor fellow cannot follow.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Dr-Rotwang said...

Indeed. Now -- random charts for determining bust size: do the results influence the character's self-image? How does she feel about rolling a 24A versus a 42DD?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Alan Kellogg said...

What if she has 42AAA and is she eligible for Ripley's Believe it or Not?

7:53 PM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Gentlemen, please! Comments like this are a prime cause as to why we have had extremely poor success in reaching out to females with traditional RPGs. I should hope that we work on ways to make our games more gender-inclusive (though not in the Wraeththu way).

2:37 AM  
Blogger Dr-Rotwang said...

Are you seriously suggesting, Mr "Cornell", that an attempt to better understand the body-image issues of our alter-sexed equals is not somehow "inclusive"?

Furthermore, is it truly your lofty, enlihtened opinion that these things do not truly matter to wymyn, and that such socio-psychological explorations do not belong in our hobby-cum-path to Truth?

Or are you just as ass man?

3:48 AM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Ah yes. When I get a girlfriend, I expect to treat her as a full-fledged individual, and respect her intellect, mind, and interests as I would my own. Like any man of culture any bearing, I also greatly respect Rubenesque derrieres.

I further feel any effort to sexualize gaming should be inititated from the female. I foyu know where I can find any females willing to do this, please let me know, quickly.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Dr-Rotwang said...

No, no, my brother -- you got to get your own.

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