Dying in Chargen
Any rape or anything, nope. We have kicked GM's from the group, it's why some of us get asked to GM all the time, because we can run an interesting game without resorting to "shock", and some aren't allowed to GM.
Why 'relatively quietly' (which is somewhat of a contradiction to 'openly')? Nothing is served by shutting up and agreeing never to speak of it again. For one thing, the convention's quick and decisive response is a good model for other groups to follow. For another, it's great PR for gaming to be a more welcoming place that it's historically been.Yep, some do. And the best thing to do is to handle it quickly, openly, and relatively quietly.
'Relatively quietly' because what value is it to blow it up and make it the front page? Those that need to know, know.Why 'relatively quietly' (which is somewhat of a contradiction to 'openly')? Nothing is served by shutting up and agreeing never to speak of it again. For one thing, the convention's quick and decisive response is a good model for other groups to follow. For another, it's great PR for gaming to be a more welcoming place that it's historically been.
Absolutely. Talk, discuss. Guess I'm just expecting a bunch of hyperbole and uninformed statements of socio-political blah.I think we can talk about things which are important to us.
I don't think there's been a year, between 1974 and 2019, in which no TRPGers anywhere would have any objections or concerns about a con game going down that path.is it really true that at one time this would have been brushed over as not weird?
A con game is typically a one shot very often played with people who have never met before so a session zero isn't really practical. But it would be trivial to include content warnings on the sign in sheet so people had an idea of what they were getting into. But even then that particular scenario was not appropriate for the venue even if the players knew what they were getting into.And for this reason session 0's were invented. Discuss which themes and topics may come up in your campaign before you start subjecting your players to it. If for example you run a horror campaign, then body horror may be part of the game, and thats fine... but where are the limits? It is incredibly important to get all your players on the same page. It doesn't sound like this DM really cared for any of that. It's sad that for some players this was their first D&D experience.
I don't think there's been a year, between 1974 and 2019, in which no TRPGers anywhere would have any objections or concerns about a con game going down that path.
I also don't think there's been a year, between 1974 and 2019, in which no one anywhere was eager to project their sexual fantasies into TRPG.
Example one: that Dead Alewives skit, with a line to the effect of "if there are any chicks in the tavern, I want to do them"
Example two: that time I visited by Friendly Local Game Store to join one of their open D&D tables, and one of the regular players established *before the session started* that his character was "rapey" (his word, not mine) (this was in the last year or so).
Example three: in 1980, Jean Wells wrote the module "Palace of the Silver Princess", which includes a scene in which the DM narrates, to the players, that they see a gang of men, a captive young woman, and sexualized violence. The module included an illustration of this scene. Someone *in the post-production process* realized that shipping this module to hobby stores would be a bad idea.[/B} TSR buried thousands of "orange cover" copies in a landfill, then hired Tom Moldvay to rewrite the module; they then published the "green cover" version listing both Moldvay and Wells as authors.
As you say, "it keeps happening apparently again and again". It's as if there was some sort of ongoing struggle between the best and worst aspects of humanity.
I'm assuming a charitable reading of the comment is that adult situations should only be done with the full knowledge, understanding, and prior consent of the group.There's a "right" kind of group?
That's almost...more disturbing.
Yeah, it was quite disturbing how willing these people were to be public with their "fixations" like they got some kind of extra kick about doing it in public.
While this was probably prompted as a parody of the "X-Card" I think it is actually worth looking at as it tackles the same problem from a different direction. I also think it would have worked better in this instance.I like to think that I do a good job at being respectful of my players boundaries, but I’ve been considering implementing the X-card system at my open table, just to be sure.