Cry havoc! And let slip the pigs of war!
Man. It’s gross. Playing for decades and if someone wanted to play nice together they would be welcomed.I suppose that's what one gets when it moves from a niche societal phenomena into a broad cultural one, the latter where it's been aimed and is heading.
Gary was always of the opinion that there was no wrong fun, so even if he didn't side with something (preferring like others his brand of gaming) he was not against games and having fun. Politics in games. Nope. Morality encompassed being decent, even-handed, civil and not a cheat.
I am not sure if the camps are divided, old and new. They seem to have a greater number of BIG common points than they'd readily admit to. I really believe that both sides are being fiddly and often times pedantic. Very HUMAN. My bat's bigger! Gamers don't need to conquer the bad points of being "gamers" but those pesky and oft-occurring not so good points of being human.
this is the zeitgeist now, us against them.
now if you want to play a conqueror—a barbarian warlord or whatever you are some sort of colonialist racist.
at an actual gaming table with people who want to game it’s just a game—a fantasy.
unless the new players are bent on conflict heck yeah they could get sucked into simpler rules with more freedom. What? Are they a monolithic group that can’t handle character death like some old neckbeard can’t handle diversity? See what I did there?
fun games draw people in. A novice watching a good rpg will be inspired. Full stop.