RPG Attack Site Closes As Author Outs Himself

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
This has blown up on social media the last couple of days. YourRPGisSh*t, an attack site which attacked game designers, retailers, and publishers, along with nasty screeds against various demographics, turned out to have been run by a publisher. Not one I'm personally familiar with.

Geek Native has a more detailed report on the matter. The author outed himself with a screenshot which contained identifying information.
 

darjr

I crit!
Who? The internet has some really dumb obscure corners. That the hate comes back to bite him? I don’t appreciate the vitriol, but he fought with that sword.

Wait!? Is this a corner I’m standing in?
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
Hmmm...
The author claims he started the blog because 99.9% of all RPGs and their accessories suck.
Well, that’s basically Sturgeon’s Second Law, a.k.a. Stugeon’s Revelation. However...

The site was used to attack Dungeons & Dragons, Dungeon World, DriveThruRPG, Strongholds & Followers, game designers, women, anyone who isn’t white, anyone who wasn’t straight, Lamentations of the Flame Princess and most especially a group of people he called Social Justice Warriors.
Not that those are or should be immune from criticism, but the more I read that sentence, the more I think of...
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And amusingly, this guy ‘s products are sold through DriveThruRPG (for the time being) and several are supplements to games he attacks.

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LordEntrails

Adventurer
Well, it seems like his tactics to achieve notoriety has worked now that more and more sites are advertising his site/etc.
 

Xaelvaen

Explorer
I wonder if he actually believes the garbage he writes, or if it was just for publicity/infamy? I truly hope the latter - at least that's partially better than actually being a bigot. Maybe.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
I wonder if he actually believes the garbage he writes, or if it was just for publicity/infamy? I truly hope the latter - at least that's partially better than actually being a bigot. Maybe.
Well, given that his company had:
...a OSR logo that used a Swastika as the O...
I’m thinking he is the living embodiment of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
 

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
I read this on twitter yesterday or day before, I didn't know the guy or company, but good riddance.
 

amethal

Explorer
I had a look at my library on Drivethru and I don't have any of the company's products.

However, it turns out I am a backer of the guy's latest kickstarter. When asked about it in the kickstarter comments (not by me) he says he is not behind the YRPGiS site and doesn't understand how the situation could have arisen.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
A swastika-marked OSR logo? That's pretty darn loathsome.

I'd heard of the attack site, though I avoided it for obvious reasons. Good riddance to the whole thing.
 

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
This is hilarious.

It's ironic how people will latch onto pathetic, shallow arguments they find on the Internet to justify hatred, and then think their gullibility is a sign of their innate superiority.

When those same people then do something colossally stupid, it's just funny.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
To me, it's not the hate that's surprising and disheartening. It's always been there.

It's that people are so comfortable expressing it in public. I find that shocking, and fairly new.

 

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
To me, it's not the hate that's surprising and disheartening. It's always been there.

It's that people are so comfortable expressing it in public. I find that shocking, and fairly new.
It's because they think that wrapping it in the pseudo-intellectual justifications they heard on YouTube makes them sound like deep philosophers rather than biggoted troglodytes.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
He's blocked me pre-emptively on Twitter for some reason. He had his account set to approved followers only, so it's not like I could ever see it, but I guess he's decided he doesn't want to see my tweets either. Never tweeted the guy or mentioned him!
 

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
He's blocked me pre-emptively on Twitter for some reason. He had his account set to approved followers only, so it's not like I could ever see it, but I guess he's decided he doesn't want to see my tweets either. Never tweeted the guy or mentioned him!
Wild guess, but I bet he had some rationalization for this other than that you might undermine the shaky ground on which his convictions stood.
 

Xaelvaen

Explorer
Well, given that his company had:


I’m thinking he is the living embodiment of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Yeah, I read about the lunacy from the linked article. Still makes me curious how many people like that do it for the attention, or the 'Salmon' effect of swimming against the stream, and how many people -actually- believe the tripe. Awful either way.
 

Xaelvaen

Explorer
It's that people are so comfortable expressing it in public. I find that shocking, and fairly new.
Perhaps the readily available access to the internet just makes us more aware of it. I grew up in the south in the early 80s, and the streets were littered with this sort of bigotry far more frequently than I appreciate recalling. That sort of thing wouldn't even make the paper back then. I find nothing about this shocking, just another appalling display of humanity's dying moral integrity.
 

MGibster

Adventurer
The best thing about the internet is that it allows people in niche groups to reach out and connect with others like them. It's been great for LGBT teens to find out there are plenty of people just like them, those of us who love talking about RPGs suddenly have a much wider pool of people to discuss such important topics as which pretend elf is the best (the answer is dwarf), and it's given people a platform to reach an audience they never would have reached with old school media like television, newspapers, or radio.

The worst thing about the internet is that it allows people in niche groups to reach out and connect with others like them. Anti-vaxxers, racist, and conspiracy theorist go out on the internet and connect with others who reinforce their beliefs.

I think we're all still trying to adapt to this internet thing.
 

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