Archive for the ‘Burning Strawmen’ Category



September 26, 2011

“Serving the market”:

Comic about DC comics failure to serve women


RPGs, writing, and money

June 22, 2011

If anything, I’m a fan and a gamer above all else. I’d like roleplaying to do well for what it can, I’d like gamers to have fun gaming, etc.

Years back, Ron Edwards pointed out that the 3 tier model of distribution was destroying the ability for publishers to stay afloat. Problem was, a lot of people were invested in the idea of “real publishing” meaning you had to go through that system, and that anyone saying anything else was a crackpot (see also: music publishing).

As more folks, published, though, we saw a lot of data indicating that indie publishing was solid for a small hobby- you could make games you wanted and not lose money:

A few years of the Forge Booth Sales
The Collective Endeavor’s post on first year sales
Ryan Dancey’s Guesstimates on indie sales
Lumpley Game Sales in 2006
Lumpley Game Sales 2010-11
Evil Hat Sales 2007
Evil Hat Sales 2010
Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple Kickstarter

As this was going on, in parallel, the situation for the mainstream, or “traditional” publishers was not looking good at all.

Sales were definitely larger than indie games, but the fact was the writers were at the mercy of the publishers who were at the mercy of the distributors. I’d often go to convention panels and hear designers and writers talking about 3-4 cents a word is “good money”. (In the 30’s and 40’s, 3-4 cents a word is what pulp writers got paid.) It’s 2011, and it looks like nothing has changed.

It’s not that I’m “Go Indie!” because it’s some hip bullshit. It’s “Go Indie!” because I want creators to get paid for their work, I want creators to own their work, I want gamers to be able to try out a variety of games and not the 4 that the chain store/distributors will carry, I want games to be full of variety and options, I want good designers to be able to keep making games.

ETA: 3.5 Private Sanctuary’s Paizocon Podcast on Small Press Publishing


It’s Magic!

May 12, 2009

Sometimes, ignorance is not an excuse as much as an admission of guilt…

There are more readers than ever before, of every color; the internet has made their cross-conversations visible, persistent, and potentially powerful, reaching into spaces where they were formerly invisible.

(I realize that this is a “what I meant to say” post, but it *is* what I meant to say. Or do mean to say, at least.)

bests, Lois.

It’s 2009. Why are people still invisible in spaces where people specialize in imagining futures, both the better ones and the worse ones to avoid?

Why is it “boggling” that NDNs, as much as any other people, would use the internet? Why is it their concerns would still be invisible even then?

Why is it that, when presented with several conversations from people invisible (to you), the answer is then to not consider what is said, but invalidate and silence by claiming that this “new” fantasy, which is the same as the last 400 years of history books and popular media, both fictional and non-fictionally fictional, cannot be criticized?

Conversations require both speaking and listening.

We’re not dealing with invisibility, we’re dealing with people who choose not to see us, silence us when we speak, and then act as if the problem the whole time has been one of logistical communication – like we lived in Alpha Centauri and we didn’t have the internet and communication technologies to connect us.

Any civilized behavior (“seeing humans as humans and treating them such”), sufficiently advanced, seems like magic, right?

Looks like we have some answers and they’re not pretty:

I’m currently assuming there will be African slaves, possibly even more (since there won’t be any Native Americans to have already done a certain amount of prepping land for human occupation, nor to be exploited later).

That’s right folks, humans weren’t occupying the Americas, just convenient terraforming anthropoids that stumbled around prepping the land for REAL humans.

For fuck’s sake.

(Also: We’re pretty worldwide and numerous for invisible things.)


Dominating in “None”

May 12, 2009

Big thanks to digital_femme for hipping me to Ghost in the Machine: Digital Multiculture – which pretty much sums up the same stuff we’ve been saying forever.

I couldn’t help but think of the very same things I said on the Bear’s Grove Race & RPGs podcast last year.


It all comes back round again

May 11, 2009

“The other and more hopeful point is that never before have so many Readers of Color existed to *have* the conversation, or been able to communicate with each other to do so.”

The comment which I linked that quote from? It’s what I call blathering. It’s not uncommon when people are having their privileged and poor behavior pointed out to them, after all, they have no social framework of how to deal with it– the cognitive dissonance of having their “lessers” correct them, often leads down sadly predictable paths of defensiveness.

You can see it’s blathering because it jumps from topic to topic without making a point at all along the way, and the statements made, are made without thought about what is being said.

I could pull dozens of links, but I’ll just pick a few that are easily at hand for me:

POC in SF/F carnival- the carnival might be recent, but the people talking aren’t.

POC Carnival 9 – What I heard about you, and what that meant for me.

“For the last time, just because it is not happening in full view of white people does not mean that it is not happening. I am so tired of dealing with this attitude that wanting sci-fi to represent and respect the reality of life as a person of color is somehow asking too much. Especially when the reaction from white authors who are told “Hey you’re doing it wrong” is to say “Well then I won’t do it at all” like we’re supposed to be a-okay with being erased, ignored, or misrepresented just to get a few crumbs from the table.”

“Dragons are not universal. If I am defensive, it is because I have had to learn how to love Tolkein while trying to find myself in the unmapped lands in the East where the Green and Blue wizards disappeared to.”

Avalon Willow’s Open Letter to Elizabeth Bear and the history of us in/not in spec fic media.

Digital Femme and the Wackness Amplifier.

And, my own piece on the line between ignorance and willful ignorance…

Steve Barnes interview w/Locus 2003 (via LadyJax)

Look ma! We really do exist! An SF/F geek of color shoutout thread

All they see is themselves…

The Remyth Project

(I’ll probably come back to this post to add more links, because really)