Apr 172013

A bit of forewarning here, I’m in a bit of an angry mood right now, and I’m taking advantage of the extra traffic I’m getting on this page as a result of being a part of Stuffer Shack’s Site of the Year contest to talk about something that I don’t want to see brushed under the carpet.

I got a message yesterday from a blogger and podcaster who I’m a big fan of. They will remain nameless, but I know a few of you will have seen a conversation on social media and should have no problem figuring out who I’m talking about. The crux of the matter is that they had received a comment on a blog post that contained some insulting language and crass personal insults. I will not be repeating them here, but I was frankly appalled. I love this community I am so recently a part of, and have been a part of offline for a couple of decades now. I know that none of us are perfect, least of all your humble narrator.

What I can’t stomach is the level of bile people think they have a right to offload onto people whose only crime seems to be putting themselves out there in the public eye. This was not constructive criticism by the way; that is fantastic to get and helps out everybody. No, what this was was some total screaming douche nozzle who thought they had the right to make personal attacks on an RPG blogger because of the way they look. In case you are wondering, I’m no oil painting, and usually go to quite extreme lengths to avoid my picture being circulated. One has appeared on this site as it was the only way I could share an air-softing picture without copyright concerns or sharing images of people from whom I could not get permission. But I didn’t like having to do it for several reasons.

I know what it’s like to be called out because of the way one looks, and I would have thought that since leaving high school behind, I could surround myself with the kind of people who thought the same way; that insulting people for such reasons is a dickish move to say the least. And I would like to think that role players are exactly that kind of right thinking and courteous group of people. Sadly, not all of them are.

If you are one such dickish person, and I find you commenting on this site, I will publicly shame the living snot out of you, and invite some of the quickest wits and sharpest tongues I know – and I manage a stand up comedian – to ridicule you in the most public and shameful way possible. You sir, you pathetic little boy, are not welcome on this site, and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say we’d rather you kept your poisonous presence the hell away from the hobby as a whole.

Okay, I managed that without even really swearing, which took quite a bit of effort, but thisSOTY-Shield-2013-1 blog post is actually about a competition. If you’ve voted for me already, then I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m in the running against some titans in the RPG blogging world, and getting the level of support I’ve seen so far has been both humbling and absolutely rad! In two short hours though, you will lose the ability to vote for me, so head on over as soon as possible and cast your vote for Shortymonster!

And when those two hours are up, it becomes the turn of some other excellent blogs. If you’re curious as to who I will be voting for, I have to say that right now, I’m very much in this fellow’s corner. But as always, I invite you to check out the competition and decide for yourselves.

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