Well. This is a horror show.
I found this through Jeffro, who I've been reading a lot lately. His take on the video above is somewhat positive. He's not positive about Joanna Gaskell, but rather finds a way to spin the video to prove that role-playing, embraced, is always epic.
Me, I watch the above video and I shudder. I shudder from the moment she calls herself the 'Gamerati.' And when she comes to the end, and she says she hasn't talked to any of the people who played that game, I jump to that line from Denis Leary's The Ref. It isn't just that you haven't seen them, girl. They're hiding.
She's obviously very pretty and full of herself and upbeat. She lists a bunch of things that she did with the game that make my skin crawl - "There was a massive story arc that was going to carry my players all the way to level twenty." She describes all that she did with the game, saying she made a lot of "mistakes." These seem to include - it's not specified - that she 'let' players do things she shouldn't have let them do ("Don't ever do that, ever!"); she let them go wherever they wanted to go ("I had to catch up with them all over the place"); she let a warlock into the party ("You don't let a warlock into a 3.5 party, that's just so overpowered"). This is the 'huge amount' she learned over the campaign.
Am I wrong, or did she design this huge story arc with a map drawn on the back of a brown shopping bag?
Also, did she really say that the big story arc was a paladin losing his powers and then regaining them? I guess I needed to be there. Except, I feel like I have been. In about three dozen different campaigns.
I hope this post drives people to her you tube video. I hope it contributes to her voice as the "Gamerati." I hope she can become famous, really famous, so that in a few years, when the two of us meet at some Expo somewhere, I can prove to everyone I know that it will take about 30 seconds for me to piss this girl off by not properly genuflecting to her greatness.
I can see it in the eyes. I've never quite been obsequious enough for people like this.
Because it may be supposed that somehow respecting women means never criticizing them as people - for surely the only possible criticism that can be made of a woman's beliefs or ideals is directed at her sex, a highly sexualized take on what ought to be seen as the reverse - I offer this video. I violently support this video. I hope it encourages dunder-headed louts to understand that when I criticize Gaskell above, I am criticizing her viewpoint, not her gender: