August 22nd, 2008


Roleplayers for Obama? Saving Throw for McCain?

This posting in German: Rollenspieler für Obama? Schutzwurf für McCain

Dorktower: The candidates as gamersWhile many dungeon_masters might be aware of it, fantasy_scifi gamers and readers might have missed the newest development:

Fantasy roleplaying gamers, a classic enemy stereotype of evangelical US-preachers, have been discovered as a voting demographic in the new presidential election. How so? I'll tell you. With the cliché imagery of the 80s for depicting the 'liberal enemy'.

Pro-democratic Blog DailyKos had cast doubt on one of John McCains overly moralistic memories which he had recounted in the evangelical Saddleback Church these days, as stolen from “The Gulag Archipelago” by the late Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn . The McCain campaign reacted fiercely, hitting on liberal bloggers in general and -to everyone's astonishment- on dndfanz as fantasy gamers specifically. (Cultural reference: Dungeons & Dragons is to fantasy gaming what kleenex is to paper handkerchiefs. It is what the kids play at the start of E.T. and it's been around as long as the greenparty in Germany. The McCain campaign attac logic seems to be: Bloggers = Nerds = D&D-Gamers? Quote from McCain's website:

It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons &Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from thecomfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility andgratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered onbehalf of others. (Source)

The blogging world was not enthusiastic about this, even less so if you took those actively or formerly from the "Dungeons&Dragons Crowd", of which some claimed they were "undecided before these attacs". John Kovalic (muskrat_john of DorkTower fame (dorktowerfeed), LJ blogger and game designer ("Munchkin" is qquite a good parody of the RPG hobby) correctly wrote: “What an…odd (yes, odd - “odd” is definitely the word) thing to bring into the national political discourse…”

It was the second time in a few weeks, that Goldfarb had, for the McCain campaign... Collapse )

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