|"I'm the one whose ass you have to kiss. In addition to my ass you should kiss Ron, Vincent, John Harper, both Matt (Snyder|
and Wilson), Mike Holmes, and Paul Csegengisy's asses.
The games you have to have played (not be playing, as they're old now) are Dogs in the Vineyard, Sorcerer (but you had a
hard time with it until Ron helped you out), Prime Time Adventures, Red Box Hack, and Burning Wheel. If you also got Dust
Devils down at a con after someone hit you with a situation that really cooked, that's good too. You should now be playing
some combination of Grey Ranks, Spirit of the Century, Burning Empires, and 3:16. You should have tried In A Wicked Age and
Poisoned, but had trouble with both until Vincent or John Harper helped you. You should have tried Beast Hunters and
Breaking the Ice, but be secretly uncomfortable with the intimacy of one on one play.
Publishing a game is good. It is better if it is not d20 or OGL derived, as those aren't really real games, but at least they get
you publishing experience. Its even better than that if you sell from the Forge Booth for at least one Gen Con.
Make sure to use the words narativism, authorial, conflict resolution, and story now as often as possible -- and often not in
the same way between uses. Be sure to make at least three posts a year in which you define the one true way to play a
story game, and then make sure that when you are called on it you say that you aren't saying its the only way (while
insinuating its the only good way).
You should talk occasional shit about White Wolf, AEG, Steve Jackson and all "traditional games" about which you are vague
enough to not be pinned into a specific corner. A few years ago you could have also talked shit about Wizards, but D&D 4th
is still hot, so wait until everyone figures out skill challenges and then see if you should praise or talk shit about it based on
what John Harper, Rob Donoghue, and Anna Kreider say about it."
I guess he wrote this when he thought none of the great unwashed were looking.
Now watch him come along and try to claim that he was joking. But let's face it, this is absolute truth. This is how these people think.
(Originally posted September 22, 2008)