Is Mike Mearls Happy Hour still a thing?

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Eubani

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Is Mike Mearls Happy Hour still a thing? Or has he gone into hiding after the controversy of late?
 

Staffan

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Mike posted back in early January that it was going on hiatus for a while because he had a lot of actual work to do at work. At the time he said it would be for a month, but the hiatus might very well have been extended. He also skipped out on the Heroes of the Vale game, leaving the DMing reins to Todd Kenreck.
 

Eubani

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Controversy?
Apparently a consultant back in 2014 was taken on despite warnings of domestic violence, sexual assault and abusive online behaviour. When face with this MM asked for information and many who had dealings with the consultant emailed Mike on their personal experiences with the consultant. Apparently Mike took the view that things were exaggerated or made up only after forwarding the emails to the consultant. Mike of late made a statement that the consultant was only a play tester and that WotC has stopped dealing with him. The consultant known as Zak S has a credit in the PHB as a consultant which is separate to play testers mentioned. Many were upset with Mike trying to low key his part in this and for him failing to take any personal responsibility. His twitter account with the message and the responses is probably more enlightening.
 

DEFCON 1

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Well, Mearls ran through most of the material he originally was intending on talking about on Happy Fun Hour... how to create new subclasses and the like. He end up doing new subclasses for almost(?) all the the classes in the game, as well as entirely new classes like the Warlord. I also want to say (although I could be misremembering) that one one of the last ones he did he said something along the lines that the show would need to change a bit if it was to continue since he did go through most of the stuff he originally intended to talk about.

Now that being said... if we want to go all conspiracy theorist here, Mike hasn't done a new HFH since December, he stopped DMing the Heroes of the Vale show after like 2 episodes(?), and he hasn't posted on Twitter at all the past month (with the last one being his post about Zak). I also don't recall seeing him in any of the other D&D streams or YouTube videos recently either.

So on the one hand he could just be really busy like he's said... while on the other hand, there might be some behind-the-scenes stuff going on that we just haven't heard about and he's been "off" for the last month. Whatever might be going on, it hasn't been so monumental that Nathan Stewart has had to make a statement about what has happened (like if WotC had fired Mike or something)... but there might be some internal wiping down of the walls going on right now by the D&D Dept/WotC and/or Hasbro.

Speculating is kind of pointless because we haven't a peep from anyone about anything so who knows what may or may not be going on. But I do think that Mike being completely radio-silent since the 12th of last month is curious.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
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Looks like he’s down periscope since his tweet about the Zak S abuse allegations. I expect he’ll poke his head above the ramparts again soon.
 
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Vael

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So what uh...is Mike Mearls happy hour?
[video=youtube;ZHOnfAFsNrY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHOnfAFsNrY[/video]

Basically, Mike Mearls does design work on Twitch (and later Youtube) and talks about his approach to RPG design. It's interesting, I have found the vids occasionally useful.
 

Eubani

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I was hoping to see the Apocalypse barbarian cleaned up and in usable form. As to the other issue I have seen corporations fire people for far less and I hope this is not the case and he comes out the other end a little wiser.
 

lkj

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It's a fun show. I miss Mike doing it. I do think that originally he was just really busy. It does seem like the whole Zak S. thing has put him on radio silence for one reason or another. I do hope he comes back to do it.

He is supposed to be at Gary Con over the next few days. Perhaps he'll re-emerge? Though it's odd not to have any tweets from him, since he usually posts when he's traveling.

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epithet

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I hope to see Mike and the Happy Fun Hour back soon. That and the LYSK videos are about the only thing I find useful on the D&D channel.
 

lkj

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Well, he still appears to be working at WotC, since he was DM'ing games in an official capacity at Gary Con. I'd guess there's either a gag order or a 'very strongly suggest you keep quite on social media' situation.

But just guessing of course.

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Eubani

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It now being mid April and we have not heard from Mike on social media or Twitch since Feb I am guessing that he is under a pretty solid gag order and will only be seen at cons with a tight script.
 

Greg K

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I was hoping to see him approach the Fighter based Martial Artist that he had mentioned wanting to do in an episode.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
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It now being mid April and we have not heard from Mike on social media or Twitch since Feb I am guessing that he is under a pretty solid gag order and will only be seen at cons with a tight script.
Probably less that than he's wary about poking his head up on Twitter. His last tweet got 420 negative replies; that won't go away with his next tweet.
 
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