The artless dodger

failforwardrpg:

Note: The people named in this article have a history of harassing their critics. As such I have chosen to keep my sources and any traceable information they have given me anonymous to protect them.

Three weeks ago the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons came out. D&D is…

dungeon-elementary:

medievalpoc:

[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:

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And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:

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Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.

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And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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… and a little more unpleasantness, which I would advise you to read if you have the stomach for it (but it’s seriously okay if you don’t). As an educator bringing medieval fantasy to diverse groups of children, I find blogs like the one above charming, educational, and useful, especially when I present a Euro-focused game like Dungeon World to a group of American kids and they immediately decide to be Ethiopian, Native American, Egyptian, and Amazonian.

Remembering from day to day that humans are capable of hate has historically been difficult for me. Not this week, though. Not this week.

ryannorth:

birdandmoon:

A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).

Super cute!  I’m nearing the end of the first draft of the sequel, Romeo And/Or Juliet, as we speak.

ryannorth:

birdandmoon:

A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).

Super cute!  I’m nearing the end of the first draft of the sequel, Romeo And/Or Juliet, as we speak.

baeddelshinsgirl:

mumbly-joe:

You guys, I had to hunt around for it, but here it is.  The exact moment I fell in love with Rat Queens.
It is so good, you guys.

My IZ DED moment was Hannah finding a fuck for Tizzie.

Oh, certainly.  There is just a whole lot of fantastic, hilarious dialogue in this comic.  What I love about this page in particular, though, is that it takes a big ol’ giant swipe at one of the single biggest problems I have with D&D.
Fantasy races are literary proxies for IRL race.  This has been true at least as far back as Tolkien, and is even more commonplace in the body of D&D-inspired fiction (see: Tanis Half-Elven, Drizzt Do’Urden- both of which attemped to engage these issues, if inartfully at many times)  And yet, their presentation as canonically non-human gives a fig leaf for a lot of stereotyping and racial essentialism that would be super duper NOT OKAY if it were done in the context of IRL races.
So, yeah, Chapter 2 of this comic book opened with two characters shouting at each other because fuck you, I’m not just a race entry on a character sheet, and it’s as far as I needed to read to be sold on this comic instantly.

baeddelshinsgirl:

mumbly-joe:

You guys, I had to hunt around for it, but here it is.  The exact moment I fell in love with Rat Queens.

It is so good, you guys.

My IZ DED moment was Hannah finding a fuck for Tizzie.

Oh, certainly.  There is just a whole lot of fantastic, hilarious dialogue in this comic.  What I love about this page in particular, though, is that it takes a big ol’ giant swipe at one of the single biggest problems I have with D&D.

Fantasy races are literary proxies for IRL race.  This has been true at least as far back as Tolkien, and is even more commonplace in the body of D&D-inspired fiction (see: Tanis Half-Elven, Drizzt Do’Urden- both of which attemped to engage these issues, if inartfully at many times)  And yet, their presentation as canonically non-human gives a fig leaf for a lot of stereotyping and racial essentialism that would be super duper NOT OKAY if it were done in the context of IRL races.

So, yeah, Chapter 2 of this comic book opened with two characters shouting at each other because fuck you, I’m not just a race entry on a character sheet, and it’s as far as I needed to read to be sold on this comic instantly.

Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! Everything is lost with war, nothing is lost with peace. Never more war.
Did Pope Francis just challenge the Church’s opinion on war? (via think-progress)
You guys, I had to hunt around for it, but here it is.  The exact moment I fell in love with Rat Queens.
It is so good, you guys.

You guys, I had to hunt around for it, but here it is.  The exact moment I fell in love with Rat Queens.

It is so good, you guys.

burningupasun:

eastofgallifrey:

itsfuckingdistractingohgood:

eastofgallifrey:

University Study on Sexism in Doctor Who

"Fun fact, Rose’s Bechdal test score would have been in the 80′s were it not for the episodes Moffat wrote during her run."

Guys, really, you should click the link. 

“Ironically, the woman who is often propped up as proof that Steven Moffat is, in fact, not a sexist was one of the worst in terms of the Bechdel test and overall independence of thought and character. While maintaining an average speaking time, the episodes she is in only pass the Bechdel Test 57% of the time, and she herself only passes 42% of the time. She also never passes it on her own after Series 5. It is also important to note that River’s “passes” barely scraped by this test. Her passing conversations were always around three or four lines of exchange total, limited to one per episode, and were always in the presence of/with the Doctor.”

burningupasun:

eastofgallifrey:

itsfuckingdistractingohgood:

eastofgallifrey:

University Study on Sexism in Doctor Who

"Fun fact, Rose’s Bechdal test score would have been in the 80′s were it not for the episodes Moffat wrote during her run."

Guys, really, you should click the link. 

Ironically, the woman who is often propped up as proof that Steven Moffat is, in fact, not a sexist was one of the worst in terms of the Bechdel test and overall independence of thought and character. While maintaining an average speaking time, the episodes she is in only pass the Bechdel Test 57% of the time, and she herself only passes 42% of the time. She also never passes it on her own after Series 5. It is also important to note that River’s “passes” barely scraped by this test. Her passing conversations were always around three or four lines of exchange total, limited to one per episode, and were always in the presence of/with the Doctor.”

2damnfeisty:

rozhanitsa:

2damnfeisty:

Nobody gives the black girl mob credit for being smart as fuck. They clown but at the end of the day they are really intelligent.

And it’s not subtle at all.
Taystee is a math prodigy in addition to being well-read, Poussey is multilingual, Cindy just knows shit, Suzanne studies Shakespeare, Watson was a good student in addition to being a track star, Vee is basically an evil genius. Piper often learns the most from them; they taught her how to fight and helped translate Pennsatucky’s biblical threat.
The show flat out acknowledges the (academic) intelligence of the black inmates time and time again, but the audience collectively ignores it.

ALL OF THIS

daggerpen:

gabzilla-z:

hylianears:

but they kept the servents black alright this is one of the ugliest things i’ve ever seen in my life



I am not sure I have ever seen a better use of that reaction gif.

daggerpen:

gabzilla-z:

hylianears:

but they kept the servents black alright this is one of the ugliest things i’ve ever seen in my life

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I am not sure I have ever seen a better use of that reaction gif.

littlehobbit13:

thejessnessness:

phunkyvanspam:

kateordie:

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2014: the year celeb ladies stopped putting up with media bullshit and it was beautiful

Always reblog this.  ALWAYS.

littlehobbit13:

thejessnessness:

phunkyvanspam:

kateordie:

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2014: the year celeb ladies stopped putting up with media bullshit and it was beautiful

Always reblog this.  ALWAYS.