I'm sad to hear this. Catriona was always very kind and was an excellent storyteller and writer. She had good advice for larger scope projects like the establishment of the Dragon's Knell freehold and was great at invigorating the Dunlin family's larger RP. Very sorry for the loss.
@Ghost I wouldn't say I have nothing to show for it. Quite the contrary.
I have fantastic friends who I went on to meet IRL and who became an important part of the fabric of my life and who I wouldn't give up for anything. People who have had my back, enriched my world, and made life better for me just for being there.
There were times in my life when I was in such a black hole of misery that being able to jump on and talk nerd shit with MUSHers, or be involved in some story where I needed to know what happened next or where I was aware my character's absence would be detrimental to other people's...I mean...sometimes that gave me a reason to hold on and thus I am still here. Not saying that's universal for everyone but. No. I wouldn't say, at all, that it's brought nothing to my life.
And that's why, right alongside seeing the benefits of not doing it, I miss it, and am aware of what it's costing me to not do it.
Today is gamebook day! I was sent a copy of Werewolf: The Forsaken by a close friend who's divesting himself of his hardcopy.
For further squee, my Avatar Legends Kickstarter stuff arrived today. (This is Last Airbender, not Blue People.) And it's the main book, the adventure guide, the cloth map, the Combat Action deck, the dice and the dice bag! (Ok, at this point, I'm boasting.)
But it's nice to be having a Good Day. (And in March, gods willin' and the crick don't rise, the Old Gods of Appalachia stuff will ship.)
Forcing "purity" (interesting term for the topic, isn't it?) in an RPG is a slippery slope.
Sure, Genre-wise you don't want Luke Skywalker using 2022 tiktok meme examples in RP (he's supposed to be from a galaxy far away in a long time ago), but there's a pretty big line between "Creative preference" and "tyrannical GM nonsense". In the case of BofD and these two mentioned in the topic, their angle is that they view themselves to be an authority on the setting and they're literally inviting people to play content they view themselves to be owners of. So I don't get why people even bother to play that game, because ultimately it comes down to playing "house" with a couple of kids in their backyard and they'll make you leave if you're "not doing it right".
Why bother trying to be creative or create ANYTHING in an environment with someone who will tell everyone what their characters are, what they think, what they would or wouldn't do, etc?
These people are all "No" and not "Yes, and". They're not even "maybe, so" or "No, but". At the risk of sounding snide, they're literally using someone else's literary work and reputation to build themselves as an authority on the content and gatekeeping the shit out of it...and one of their preferred gates to keep is that BIPOC aren't in the ruling caste, make racist jokes, and consider black characters in the setting to be a matter of "woke cancel culture".
So, constructively, this should all be a lesson on do's and don'ts when it comes to understanding a few key things.
if you don't want people to try to create their own things and having a stake in it, you should be solo-writing it and not running it as an RPG where you falsely promote the concept of logging in to have agency over...well...anything.
Yes, it's true that players/fans blur the concept behind a character's skin color as being indicative of support for ACTUAL people with that skin color. Is it a minefield? Yes. Is it 100% about the content? No. It's somewhat shades of politics, social issues, etc blurring it's way into content. Still, it's best to understand this and take at least a "maybe, but" approach.
You could create a setting where 1000 all-white families boarded a spaceship and colonized a planet, and after 200 years there are 10,000 people who have ONLY mated with people on that initial all-white spaceship, and people will STILL be like "...can I play a black character?" and your answer should always, ALWAYS be to question why the fuck you decided creatively that everyone in that ship was white to begin with. What's up with that?
@Ghost I enjoyed the new Hellraiser. Maybe not as much as the first one but on par with the second one. I don't think it was perfect but what is? I'll definitely watch it again and I'm eagerly awaiting the announcement of a sequel.
@Ganymede I'm still unsure on how the intraction of HBO, HBO Max, and WB/Discovery is working. The new CEO of WB/D seems to be taking a chainsaw to movie and streaming projects, but some people are saying this isn't going to affect HBO, just the streaming content on HBO Max...