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Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game

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Bedrockgames

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Well, we're fortunate that no one *here* is attention seeking. Gosh, that would sure be awful; if someone made himself the focus of this thread, that could distract us from thinking about those players in Rolfe's game, and how UK Expo 2019 shifted their experience of TRPG, and whether that's an experience anyone should take active steps to prevent from re-occurring.
I am just participating in a discussion. I am not trying to make myself the focus.
 

Bedrockgames

Villager
Hints and innuendos. He's just *wondering* what's going on. What's wrong with wondering? How could anyone object to his curiosity? Open minds, right? He didn't say that THOSE adults were engaged in manipulation. He's aware, of course, that some people have used tears for manipulation. "People have, at various times and places in the last thousand years, used tears for manipulation" is a perfectly cromulent assertion. He's not actually asserting that *those particular people at the con, the ones who just recently heard Rolfe's narration of what men with guns tell their characters* are using tears for manipulation. How could anyone know?

How indeed, other than tracking them down and interviewing them, as John Dodd did; but can we trust John Dodd's account of his investigation? How could we possibly trust *his explicit declaration, made in his full name, with his hobby status on the line*, over a vague implication of manipulative tears?

Not that crying for effect is a gendered trope (the femme fatale employing the Wounded Gazelle Gambit). Not that any woman has ever pointed out that she's called an ice-cold bitch if she *doesn't* cry, and a fragile weakling if she *does* cry. I didn't say anything about gender. You can't fairly infer that from context. My intentions are good. Trust me!
You are projecting all kinds of things onto my posts. I haven't attacked you at all. You've been very rude to me most of this thread, because we disagree over how best to handle an incident in the gaming community, and I haven't said anything back to you that I feel is negative. But I will point out, this is exactly the kind of cruelty I am talking about. People think because they believe they are so right, they can be nasty to other people.
 

Bedrockgames

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First, some traumas are a lot more commonplace than others. Second, you don't need to have experienced rape in order to find it highly disturbing when someone describes it happening to a character whose reactions you are portraying.
People get mugged and violently assaulted all the time too. People are murdered, people have relatives who are close to them murdered. These things feature into games all the time. Someone who was violently robbed is probably going to have strong reactions to imagery that trigger that memory. But in games we routinely have bandits attempt to rob the party or have monsters or NPCs attack the party. No one would say this is because people are being insensitive to victims of violent theft.

I am not saying people should be raping their characters. I don't like that kind of stuff in my games. I once had a player try to have their character remove an NPCs clothing by force, and I told them I didn't want that kind of stuff in my game. But I can definitely see how in an 18+ game, a GM might think it is fair to explore that theme. And again, if they want to kick him out of the con, I think they can do so. I just don't think the hobby needs to make sure this guy never GMs at another con. Especially since this was the first time anything like this seems to have happened with him. And I don't know that the best solution to this sort of thing is making everyone use an X card (I just am not convinced that this actually helps people).
 

Gradine

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You can't argue basic human decency into somebody dead set against it, and it's a waste of time and energy to keep trying.

At a certain point you have to stop feeding the troll.
 

Psyzhran2357

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You are projecting all kinds of things onto my posts. I haven't attacked you at all. You've been very rude to me most of this thread, because we disagree over how best to handle an incident in the gaming community, and I haven't said anything back to you that I feel is negative. But I will point out, this is exactly the kind of cruelty I am talking about. People think because they believe they are so right, they can be nasty to other people.
No, you're being a dingus and everybody else has been rightfully calling you out on it. Most of those people have been mincing their words, but I won't, so here goes. You :):):):)ing suck, my dear :):):):).

It would help if your arguments didn't oh so closely echo a certain subset of the population overly represented in the gaming community that is bona fide, out-and-out misogynistic, racist, and otherwise discriminatory, xenophobic, and just plain uncouth. Even if you profess that you aren't those things yourself, I'm more confident in judging you by the company you keep than by the words that come out of your mouth. Because you have given us absolutely no reason to believe that you're arguing in good faith and that you aren't just some pathetic slimeball shitbag desperately trying to hold onto the edge of the cliff that is an antiquated and hostile worldview that is crumbling day by day as it is more and more being exposed as ethically abhorrent.
 
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Bedrockgames

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No, you're being a dingus and everybody else has been rightfully calling you out on it. Most of those people have been mincing their words, but I won't, so here goes. You :):):):)ing suck, my dear :):):):).

It would help if your arguments didn't oh so closely echo a certain subset of the population overly represented in the gaming community that is bona fide, out-and-out misogynistic, racist, and otherwise discriminatory, xenophobic, and just plain uncouth. Even if you profess that you aren't those things yourself, I'm more confident in judging you by the company you keep than by the words that come out of your mouth. Because you have given us absolutely no reason to believe that you're arguing in good faith and that you aren't just some pathetic slimeball shitbag desperately trying to hold onto the edge of the cliff that is an antiquated and hostile worldview that is crumbling day by day as it is more and more being exposed as ethically abhorrent.
Again, this is projection. I am definitely not xenophobic or racist. Nor am I misogynistic. Obviously I don't share many of the key ideological assumptions present on this thread. But I am on the left and none of the things you accuse me of. And I would just draw a line once again to the degree of moral certainty people seem to be feeling and their ability to be rude and cruel.
 

Umbran

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Okay, I think I am being fairly mild here.
The question isn't about severity. It is about the logic and form of the argument.

And I am not trying to say bad things about people to bolster a position.
Oh, most times it isn't like Snidely Whiplash, twirling his mustache, going, "BWAHAHAHA! Now I will say bad things about people!" It is usually quite casual and seems reasonable until someone puts a spotlight on it.

You specifically pointed out how you think their testimony came from a desire to seek attention, and thereby *dismissed* it. You ascribed a personality trait to someone you've minimal information about, so that you could disregard something that would undercut your position. Classic ad hominem. Rhetorical weak sauce. You may disregard testimony when the speaker is obviously biased in some way, but to just decide they happen to be untrustworthy for no evidentiary reason is not cool.

And I daresay, your appraisal of their character is suspect - subject to confirmation bias. Pretty convenient, that the person saying things that undercut you *just happens* to be lying, isn't it? Your *feeling* about them is apt to be colored by your desired narrative, whether you like it or not.

When it comes to the crying, I am not trying to attack the person in question. But my honest reaction to a group of adults crying in that kind of situation (especially when the criers include the game convention personnel sorting out the problem) is this does not seem like normal adult behavior to me.
My wife is a rape survivor. I cannot, within the rules of EN World, relay her opinion of that statement.

You could turn this around for a moment. For just a moment - accept what they say is true, and accept that they are not particularly abnormal. Just for sake of argument.

What does that say about the experience they had?
 

Bedrockgames

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My wife is a rape survivor. I cannot, within the rules of EN World, relay her opinion of that statement.

You could turn this around for a moment. For just a moment - accept what they say is true, and accept that they are not particularly abnormal. Just for sake of argument.

What does that say about the experience they had?
I think people are mixing up what I am saying here. I am not saying a rape survivor crying is abnormal. I am saying a group of people crying in that way, together, as half of them are in a position of authority handling the situation, strikes me as very non-adult. I am saying something about the interview sets off alarm bells for me. You don't have to share that feeling. But I don't have to adopt your interpreting of it either.
 
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Immortal Sun

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I think people are mixing up what I am saying here. I am not saying a rape survivor crying is abnormal. I am saying a group of people crying in that way, together, as half of them are in a position of authority handling the situation, strikes me as very non-adult. I am saying something about the interview sets off alarm bells for me. You don't have to share that feeling. But I don't have to adopt your interpreting of it either.
There is, strangely, a rather wide chasm between "We should trust that they feel what they feel and we are not in a position to argue otherwise." and "They're a bunch of whiny babies."

I have no idea why there would be such a difference between these positions though.

Also, your continued mischaracterization of the situation is annoying. In case my sarcastic tone was unclear.
 

Bedrockgames

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There is, strangely, a rather wide chasm between "We should trust that they feel what they feel and we are not in a position to argue otherwise." and "They're a bunch of whiny babies."

I have no idea why there would be such a difference between these positions though.

Also, your continued mischaracterization of the situation is annoying. In case my sarcastic tone was unclear.
I was giving my reaction of an account of the situation that I had just been pointed to. And that fed into some points about a broader discussion over gaming community issues. All I was saying about it was that particular moment raised my suspicions and it just seemed an odd reaction to me. It doesn’t mean I think the account is flat wrong. The account by the GM also has things in it that raise my suspicions. My view of this stuff is it can take time to weigh and consider conflicting accounts. I doubt there is any deliberate deception here but people do often focus on the things they want to see, read situations differently, etc.

also if you think I have mischaracterized something feel free to point it out. There is a lot of information in the story and totally possible I got something wrong.
 

Bedrockgames

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There is, strangely, a rather wide chasm between "We should trust that they feel what they feel and we are not in a position to argue otherwise." and "They're a bunch of whiny babies."
I am not saying people are whiny babies. And in this particular case I have only a vague description of cries being had by all. I don’t know who is a survivor of what in the scenario. But the thing that makes me pause is there is an entire group of adults crying over content that arose in the game. If it were just the person at the table, it would make more sense to me. But I think there is s more nuanced spectrum between the two poles you present.
 
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Immortal Sun

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also if you think I have mischaracterized something feel free to point it out. There is a lot of information in the story and totally possible I got something wrong.
I would....but several people much more familiar with the situation have already been attempting to do that and my mild amusement at your resistance to their efforts has worn out.

So, no.
 
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Immortal Sun

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I am not saying people are whiny babies.
Well, you should probably pick between if you're going to engage in an honest discussion or if you'd like to be known as a liar. Why?

Well because these are your words:
I think people are mixing up what I am saying here. I am not saying a rape survivor crying is abnormal. I am saying a group of people crying in that way, together, as half of them are in a position of authority handling the situation, strikes me as very non-adult. I am saying something about the interview sets off alarm bells for me. You don't have to share that feeling. But I don't have to adopt your interpreting of it either.
Now, I don't know about you, but typically when you say people are "crying like non-adults" that's a overly verbose way of saying "crying like babies".

So your choice, are you a liar or a liar?
 

CleverNickName

Adventurer
Can't believe I just spent an hour reading this thread. I'm so creeped out that I struggle to type in complete sentences.

Re: Calling it satire or "not for kids" makes it okay. Right? Amirite?
Re: If you're offended, that's your problem
Re: "attention seeking" survivors of violence
Re: deciding how others should react to this or anything else
Re: the inevitable ad hominem fallacy
Re: "Let's have an Honest DiscussionTM about this"

Nope. All the nope. This is all garbage and you know it.
Some folks should be ashamed of themselves.
 

Bedrockgames

Villager
Re: "attention seeking" survivors of violence
The player interviewed who I was reacting to never mentioned being a survivor of sexual violence in the interview. It is possible this person is a sexual violence survivor. But I don't think we can leap to that conclusion (unless I missed something in the interview). I did see in the interview that the player was given a job with the con establishing safety guidelines in the wake of this. Again, to me some of these things just raise red flags.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
No, you're being a dingus and everybody else has been rightfully calling you out on it. Most of those people have been mincing their words, but I won't, so here goes. You :):):):)ing suck, my dear :):):):).

That language is inappropriate, and unacceptable. Do not post in this thread again.

Anyone else think they want to try to push the limits? This person is getting booted from the thread. The next will probably get a vacation from the site, with no warning or prior discussion. If you cannot figure out that you need to be on your best behavior when having a sensitive discussion, you have no business in the discussion
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Umbran

Mod Squad
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The player interviewed who I was reacting to never mentioned being a survivor of sexual violence in the interview.It is possible this person is a sexual violence survivor. But I don't think we can leap to that conclusion (unless I missed something in the interview).
Dude. If it was a woman, you don't have to leap, because of the statistics involved.

One in five women are raped at some point in their lives. 43% of heterosexual women report experiencing some sexual violence other than rape.* This stuff is so darned common, they don't even have to experience it to have a valid strong reaction, because they live in fear of it throughout their lives.

And you claim to be compassionate? How much effort do you want to put into trying to justify discounting the testimony?

But then again, I suppose it isn't a whole lot of effort. All you have to do is type. So, so easy for you.



*Statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2015.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
Flying ad-hominems abounding?
Profanity filter triggering?
Opening of painful personal or near-personal wounds?

Methinks it’s time to put this one down...until it rises again.

 
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