So there was a flame war and I missed it. The various political elements at TARGA (Traditional Adventure Roleplaying Games Association) got into a big fight about how important it was to protect the children from a film featuring a number of oddly dressed women sitting around a table making a few crude sexual jokes between playing a very casual game of D&D. The film comes from Zak of Playing D&D With Pornstars fame, and he made great hay out of the professional standing of his players. I can't possibly blame him ... if you've got porn stars, flaunt porn stars.
Beyond that, I can't tell you much. I missed the actual war. I was playing D&D and Sunday, I was having very kinky sex with my partner. All day. I had just got these thigh high boots, and I was anxious to put them on and ...
But that's not important right now.
It should surprise no one that as soon as a community installation like TARGA gets the slightest bit of honest attention, all the morality crap is soon to follow right behind. I doubt very much when the group was launched little more than a year ago (their blog begins with Jan, 2009), anyone gave two thoughts for the importance of protecting children. The only comment about children on their introductory post was that they weren't going to force lead miniatures into their children's hands as proof of their old schoolness. And I'm not sure if TARGA gives a shit about children even now. I haven't seen the posts that made up the flame war, I can't find them and I don't know which side the powers that be came down on - although Zak's video is still there for anyone to see. Makes no difference to me. Someone at TARGA or who reads TARGA or who thinks TARGA should correspond to their personal morality was there to use the existence of the group to pound out the same old morality play we've all watched destroy every valuable institution in the last fifty years.
Boo Hoo. It was inevitable.
You know, when I sit here and preach and piss people off, you know it's me, and only me. I'm not using an acronym to back up my opinion and give it a false value. I'm not pitching a philosophical position that you're meant to believe is held by a host of people, who are all approving me, and disapproving you. However you feel about me, we are one on one - I hate you, you hate me, and that's as far as it goes. Play the game however you like. Doesn't affect me. Just as what I do really doesn't affect you.
We don't have to tailor our comments here or anywhere else, because we're not representing a 'Front.' We aren't protecting anyone's thin skins but our own. Let the rest of them harp and debate about the public relations policy a generalized union ought to have for the good of everyone, and you and I will just kick back. We'll talk about the game, what we love about it, what we're doing with it, where we hope our world will be twenty months from now.
Twenty months, when TARGA is either a sick, dead joke or a puffed-up pomposity with nothing to say.