Ok, so for DECADES the clarion call of the cis het white dude nerd has been, “If you don’t like it, why don’t you make your own?!” (Imagine me saying that in the whiniest, most nasally voice I can manage. I still have a cold, I can get really nasally right now.)
So, a group of POC nerds did exactly that and founded New Agenda Publishing.
New Agenda is made up of Misha Bushyager, Jerry Grayson, and Eloy Lasanta. All three of them have some serious game design cred, and I for one am super excited about their upcoming projects, whatever those might be. If you want to check out their cred, follow the links, guys, I’m only doing so much homework for you tonight. I’m still kinda sick.
Less than a month in, the whiny posts have already started on RPG.net, reddit and Enworld. I am not linking to reddit or Enworld, because no. Ick. Google it.
The RPG.net post I link to there starts out spectacularly badly, but the majority of the posters, and the mods are pretty stellar human beings, shutting down the racist whining pretty damn quickly, or at least not letting it stand unchallenged.
Look, assholes, you told us (women, POC, Queer folks) to go make our own.
So they did.
And now all you wanna do is whine about how it isn’t for you.
The agenda of New Agenda is as follows:
New Agenda Publishing is a consortium dedicated to promoting diversity in the RPG community through our hiring and choices. We want to amplify underrepresented voices and help them tell new stories from their perspective. We want to bring more people of color and especially women of color to the table and we think the best way to do that is by hiring them to help us create the games and worlds they want to play in.
Could one of you reading comprehension challenged mother fuckers please point out to me where it says, “And we will never, ever, ever hire a cis het white dude. Ha Ha Ha! Suck it!”
Because it doesn’t.
It just says they are going to prioritize the voices of people under-represented in the gaming industry.
One “stunning wit” from the linked thread asked if they were going to be inviting rapists to write for them, since they’re “under-represented” in the industry.
Son, have you been paying attention? If there is one demographic NOT under-represented in any group dominated by cis het white dudes, it’s rapists.
Nice try, no star for you.
Yeah, I’m flippant about this, and also pissed, because it’s fucking ridiculous.
You said, “Make your own.”
Now you’re pissed they didn’t make it FOR YOU.
As an exercise, I would like you to go to the credits pages of any game published by TSR, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games, or Paizo and tell me the ratio of dudes to women, and then do some googling and give me the ratio of white dudes to non-white dudes.
I’ll wait. Report back to me in the comments, bearing in mind that racist and sexist epithets will not make it through moderation.
Then look at those figures you come up with, take a deep breath, and go fuck yourselves.
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