After yesterday's blog entry, a certain blogger by the name of "Venger Satanis" (who I think may be the guy I previously mentioned as one of those who not only thinks Cthulhu is real, but worthy of worship; and no, I'm not kidding here, this is his "church" website) decided to try to explain to me in gentle terms that the reason that even though James Maliszewski had referred to himself as "OSR Taliban", I am not allowed to use those words because, and keep in mind I'm quoting the idiocy here: "I liken this to certain African American individuals who call themselves or each other the N-word."
You see, OSR guys are like ganstas who can call themselves Taliban, but I can't. Wait... why can't I? Because, according to Venger, I'm not actually OSR: "you're considered an outsider, RPGPundit. Hardly any OSR gamers
consider you one of us. That means you don't have the tribal rights to
throw that phrase around without consequences."
So wait, apparently Venger is saying that its offensive that I talk about the existence of an "OSR Taliban" but at the same time he declares I'm not "Old school" enough to be in the OSR? Isn't that just proving my point?!
I mean shit, what do I need to do to be "old school enough" for OSR?
I WROTE an old-school OSR game.
wrote an earlier old-school game too, but it was pretty well ignored by
the OSR because that was at the height of clonemania and it was when
the Taliban ruled that anything that wasn't just a slavish copy of
specific D&D editions was unwanted.
I've posted at enormous
lengths about my several old-school campaigns, including an RC D&D
campaign which started at level 1 and ended 5 years later or so with the
pcs at level 36; after starting on a 60-hour marathon and being run for
10 hour weekly sessions after that. That was back when JMal hadn't yet
"discovered" that he wasn't actually a White Wolf Swine at all, and had
secretly been an Old-school fanatic all along now that he would get more
attention doing that than he would continuing to shit all over
class-based systems (like he did in his earlier writing before
discovering he was an old-schooler).
I could have been writing
long fatwas about interpretations of specific bits of the Gygaxian
Hadith too, but you know, I was too busy ACTUALLY RUNNING OLD-SCHOOL
CAMPAIGNS for the last two decades while he was wearing makeup and
pretending to be a vampire.
And have continued to do so now: two of
the three campaigns I run weekly are Old-school games, for both of which
I've posted regular and extensive play report material, for one of
which I'm now converting to a major OSR commercial product with the
writer of FH&W.
So please, tell me motherfucker, what do I
have to do to be "in" the OSR? Say: "There is no God but Gygax and JMal
is his prophet"? Suicide-bomb a 5e thread?
So thanks, Venger, for being extremely helpful at proving my point about how there is a group within the OSR that are exclusionary and fundamentalist when someone with my credentials can be casually dismissed as an "outsider".
I see now how it's not appropriate for me to talk about the OSR-Taliban because the
guys who call themselves the Taliban declared I'm not actually OSR.
Funny how that works.
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