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7/29/2014

Your Personal Jesus NPC



Interesting article at VICE:

#NOTALLROLEPLAYERS: A HISTORY OF RAPEY DUNGEON MASTERS

I wonder just how common this Mary Sue the Rapist NPC phenomenon really is. Certainly it's a gruesome psychological pattern among the guys who sit behind the screen. I don't recall ever inserting an idealized version of myself into the game. At least not for any sort of sexual ideation/gratification purposes. Sounds more like bedroom roleplay, but to each his own I guess. The girl's response -- quitting the campaign -- was totally appropriate. The article's subtext -- that D&D should be absolutely free of any political incorrectness or male wish-fulfillment fantasy -- is hamfisted and misses the whole spirit of the game. Like it or not, D&D did begin as a boy's club. Robert E. Howard is in its DNA.

 

9 comments:

  1. Like most Internet things, missing the point means getting more clicks. More clicks = more revenue. More revenue = "better" writer. Bah.

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    1. If only it were so. I'd be, like, a billionaire right now :)

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  2. "Like it or not, D&D did begin as a boy's club. Robert E. Howard is in its DNA." I think THAT is missing the point... as in SO FUCKING WHAT? Do you really think that is a good excuse for continuing to act like cavemen?
    Regardless of whether there are women in the group I'm tired of playing with guys who are homophobic, sexist, racist reactionary jerks... who also go on about how they are sooooo 'progressive and inclusive'. Bullshit.

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    1. I don't need an excuse to act like a caveman.

      But I'm not really arguing that you or anyone needs to participate in campaigns with sexists, racists, etc.

      I do take umbrage with any attempt to sanitize the pool of fantasy that D&D drinks from though.

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    2. I suppose it depends on your definition of 'sanitize'.
      But I'm probably less upset about the in-game content than I am with the OOC chatter that I've seen and continue to see.

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    3. Some peeps are just bad company, in or outside the D&D.

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  3. Playing Dungeons & Dragons is optional. Therefore, whatever the consensus among the "community" happens to be, I will run my games however the hell I want to run my games. Additionally, I don't accept responsibility for the way others run their games. This is a discussion that I'm simply not interested in having. If that makes me a piece of shit, then I guess I'm a piece of shit. I'll find a way to make peace with that.

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  4. Social issues aside, with the shameless bigotry of its description of Gygax, meaningless statements about D&D's "DNA", silly identification of millions of players as a "cloistered circle", and reliance on quotes and analysis from a 20 year old study, this article is junk.

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  5. My first D&D character was a female elf (I'm a human, despite the name, and male). She wore sensible armour and she killed people. The only time she 'Charmed' anyone/thing was when we were jumped by Bugbears on our way back from a dungeon and decided to get them to carry the treasure. I played her as a serious warrior.

    When I started, I obviously played D&D wrong; I thought it was a game about using your imagination to explore strange worlds as a different character, I didn't realise that the point was to pretend to be a hunk and have sex with imaginary women.

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