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Podcast #177: United Paizo Workers with Andrew White

This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by Andrew White to talk about United Paizo Workers and RPG unions. In the news, Strixhaven delayed, new Roll20 mobile app, World of Darkness Nexus announced, more Marvel Multiverse updates, and more! Plus Our Favourite Game in All the World and a brand new sketch about the difficulties of fantasy air travel.

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Andrew White

United Paizo Workers United Paizo Workers – Don't Split the Party

Andrew on Twitter https://twitter.com/plaguecontrol

Starfinder One-Shot #2: The Great Grav Train Robbery paizo.com - Starfinder One-Shot #2: The Great Grav Train Robbery

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News

News Digest for the Week of November 19 (WizKids and Paizo Release Full-Size Kobold Statue, Nightfall Games and Kickstarter creator terms update) News Digest for the Week of November 19

Roll20 Mobile App Roll20 Has A New Mobile App

World of Darkness Nexus World of Darkness Nexus from Demiplane!

Marvel Multiverse Alternate Covers Marvel Multiverse RPG Alternate Covers

The AB Con in Abuja, Nigeria AB Con

Level Up: Advanced 5e Late Pledges Open Level Up (A5E) - Missed the Kickstarter? You Can Now Pre-Order LEVEL UP!

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD license ending All Good Things Must End

Dragonmeet in London on December 4 Dragonmeet

Games Workshop issues statement against hate groups https://www.warhammer-community.com/2021/11/19/the-imperium-is-driven-by-hate-warhammer-is-not/

Goliath Coins Preview D&D General - An awesome surprise in my mail this morning!

Roll & Play Game Fantasy Character Kit Roll & Play: The Fantasy Character Kit

Strixhaven Shipping Updates D&D 5E - Strixhaven Release Date Updates

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Kickstarters

NewEdo https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/salty-games/newedo-rpg

Survive This!! https://www.kickstarter.com/project...his-dark-places-and-demogorgons-rpg-hardcover

Advanced Loves and Lesbians https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evilhat/advanced-lovers-and-lesbians

The Barbarian’s Bloody Quest https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lumpleygames/the-barbarians-bloody-quest

Keep up to date with all the RPG crowdfunding projects ending soon every week with Egg Embry’s RPG Crowdfunding News RPG Crowdfunding News – CY_BORG, The Barbarian's Bloody Quest, Advanced Lovers and Lesbians, and more

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United Paizo Workers

United Paizo Workers United Paizo Workers – Don't Split the Party

Diego Valdez statement on Twitter about resigning from Paizo
Jessica Price Twitter thread
Crystal Frasier Twitter thread
Paizo blog post on expanding the Leadership Team paizo.com - Community / Paizo Blog

UPW Statement on Paizo Leadership Team Announcement UPW Responds to Paizo Leadership Team Anouncement – United Paizo Workers

Paizo blog post on law firm investigation paizo.com - Community / Paizo Blog

Comic Book Workers United COMIC BOOK WORKERS UNITED

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Hosts: Russ “Morrus” Morrissey and Peter Coffey

Editing and post-production: Darryl Mott

Theme Song: Steve Arnott

Kickstarter Game Research: Egg Embry

Kickstarter Game Theme: Lyrics by Russ Morrissey, Vocals by “drwilko”, Guitar by Darryl Mott

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Ixal

Adventurer
Holy crap is this true about the forums?
Depends on how you define transphobia. On the Paizo boards even just disagreeing with a trans poster who then complains about being hurt by that already counts.
I have even seen a post of a user who sees himself as an ally flat out stating that he rather removes himself from a discussion before he has to disagree with a poster who is trans while others write lengthy apologies that they said something a trans poster did not like.

Basically after the outcry about Paizo not allowing a trans employee to room with other people during conventions they are in full damage control mode and will do anything to please the trans community.
 
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ReshiIRE

Adventurer
Yeah... that characterisation of the multitude of issues facing trans posters on the Paizo forums recently is wildly inaccurate.

Typical, though, that trans people are being portrayed as oversensitive or that the actual transphobic practices of certain posters (including vaguely gestering and talking about 'reasonable debates' and 'politics' in any thread that just so happens to deal with trans related issues; disrespecting trans peoples pronouns and going as far to call people 'it'; constantly saying that trans posters are 'abrasive' and 'rude' to people making fairly nasty statements; and all manners of other dogwhistles) are being minimised. Despite the fact htat disagreements are very, very much allowed, even including around some sensitive issues, when there is good faith and not active transphobic shite happening.

Luckily, the situation has and continues to be rectified by the Customer Service team, who are making it very, very clear that transphobia and bigotry is not to be tolerated, and have started to suspend users engaged in bigotry or trolling.

EDIT:

Basically after the outcry about Paizo not allowing a trans employee to room with other people during conventions they are in full damage control mode and will do anything to please the trans community.

It's almost as if they're trying to address the transphobic practices and transphobic members of the community to, you know, protect trans people. 'Anything to please'... as if the demands are unreasonable. :/
 
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Depends on how you define transphobia. On the Paizo boards even just disagreeing with a trans poster who then complains about being hurt by that already counts.
I have even seen a post of a user who sees himself as an ally flat out stating that he rather removes himself from a discussion before he has to disagree with a poster who is trans while others write lengthy apologies that they said something a trans poster did not like.

Basically after the outcry about Paizo not allowing a trans employee to room with other people during conventions they are in full damage control mode and will do anything to please the trans community.
While I am not knowledgable about moderation styles on other message boards, that sounds highly unlikely. That said, if you want to comment on Paizo's forum moderation, do so there, please. Cross-board drama is not appropriate here. Thanks.
 

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