Thursday, October 17, 2013
Shame On DCC
This is an open letter to Goodman Games policies and/or personnel, and not the DCC RPG community for which I still have much respect.
I was a fan of Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. Started reading about it a year ago, bought the book, ran the game using a home-made campaign which became Liberation of the Demon Slayer, joined the forum/google community, talked with people, traded gaming-related opinions, etc.
Unfortunately, it wasn't long before I encountered some resistance. A mysterious force which made me feel like even more of an outsider than I normally do. My posts were taken down, someone came out of the woodwork to hate on me and my religion (the Cult of Cthulhu) while admins/mods turned a blind eye, it took me longer and longer to get my posts approved before they showed up, I started getting the cold shoulder from my fellow DCC fans.
Partly because of those experiences and partly because of game's nature, I began to gravitate towards Swords & Wizardry. Definitely a friendlier bunch.
Now that I've self-published my own OSR module, Liberation of the Demon Slayer, I tried posting again. Nothing. Just silence from the admins. My posts weren't getting through. Finally, an acquaintance posted an announcement for me. His post and several replies were deleted within 24 hours. Similarly, a friend who posted the same thing on the DCC RPG google community had his post taken down and was given a warning not to do it again.
I have to wonder WTF is going on over at DCC central?!? Is there a conspiracy against me? I freely admit that back around 2006, I was a bit of a jerk sometimes on discussion boards. I've got a big personality and don't always get along with people. If someone attacks me, I reciprocated in kind. Fortunately, over the years I've mellowed a bit. I've become more diplomatic... cautious.
If the admins of DCC believe my posts and LotDS are anathema to them, then I wish they would email me directly instead of deleting announcements and warning those who dare speak of my old school module. I still like the Dungeon Crawl Classics game (although, not as much as I used to); however the way I've been treated is downright shameful. This hobby of ours doesn't need censorship, nor alienation. A small part of me still hopes that there's been some terrible misunderstanding and all this can be forgiven and forgotten. However, that small hope dwindles.
What say you, Lords of DCC?