Small God of the Dozens
Blargh. Seriously? I, for one, specifically made space for his very legitimate criticism even though I have criticisms of parts of it. Specifically did so. The perfect storm argument is nonsense btw, you don't get to say its all or nothing. That's just cover for he didn't know what he was talking about in spots when he got really upset and now doesn't want to take back his hot take. I'm not preventing, silencing, obviating, diminishing or any other -ing his right to speak or critique. What I am doing is calling shenanigans on the part that is patently, obviously, and indisputably shenanigans. It doesn't matter to me a whit that you're invested enough to continue to ride to his defense here. You're just casting baseless aspersions and completely ignoring any and all attempts at nuance and discourse in an attempt to salvage the discourse without modification. Perhaps you should be as concerned with legitimate critique generally. Just a thought.By dismissing Kwan's commentary (or parts of it) because he isn't a historical expert on early D&D, we are trying to prevent his criticism from being heard or seen as relevant and legitimate. Yes, gatekeeping. Only D&D super-nerds immersed in the esoterica of the game have any right to level complaints.
Kwan is reacting to the perfect storm of NWPs, the honor system, the Comeliness stat, orientalist language, and bad stereotypes as an Asian American gamer encountering Oriental Adventures.
To go all "well, actually . . ." after specific points like NWPs, honor, and Comeliness being developed in the pages of Dragon Magazine and/or appearing in Unearthed Arcana before being included in Oriental Adventures misses the point and tries to diminish his experience and offense.
It's certainly a fact that these three mechanical elements of the game were developed before the publication of Oriental Adventures and can be (and have been) applied to cultures other than Asian. It also is irrelevant to Kwan's experience reading through the book, it also doesn't change the highly problematic nature of the work.