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« on: August 26, 2008, 10:10:35 pm »
Today I had a first in my gaming life...I was told by another gamer that I wouldn't be welcome in his gaming group because 'these days he only games with folks who share his world view'. I had to do a double-take. No, he wasn't saying we have different gaming preferences (we're both 1st edition Gamma Worlders) or that I'm an asshole (which I could understand and respect if he thought as much). But no, after clarification, he was saying he doesn't roll with anyone who has different religious & political beliefs. That really burns me up - personally, l'd game with the Taliban if they brought snacks and tried to be civil. So, anybody else seen this kind of intolerant asshattery in gaming?
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008, 10:16:49 pm »
Yeah that seems a little on the fucked up side.  So much for brotherly love.

Maybe it's just because I'm basically my own one-man denomination, but I can't imagine limiting my gaming to only co-religionists, I'd never get to game at all.

Besides, Christ hung out and got drunk with tax collectors and whores.  I hear the phrase "WWJD" and I think "Probably hang out with a lot of rabble like the kind I find at my game tables".
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008, 10:16:51 pm »
Yeah. I've seen some that way.

It's funny--in this case atheists, trying to only game with other atheists.   I don't get it personally.  

Mind you, I'd draw the line at something DEEPLY impacting their ability to play the kind of games I like to play. (I suspect terrorists in general wouldn't enjoy my moral takes.)

I am religious, but I don't presume to make gaming about that.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008, 10:17:03 pm »
That would rather restrict my gaming, if I could only game with vaguely greenish and Jewish people who are also straight.

No, I've not encountered it. Perhaps their faith in their worldview is a bit weak? I've found (outside gaming) that people of weak faith are more inclined to associate only with those of the same faith. They don't want to meet dissenters or infidels in case it destroys their faith entirely. I mean, that's why religious cults go and hide in caves and stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008, 10:17:58 pm »
Depends on his religious and political beliefs I guess - he might be right! :)

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2008, 10:21:24 pm »
lol, yes. Yes I have, but I have come to expect that my 'religious' views are unpopular. It's not fun, but you get used to it I guess.

People are just like that. They tend to instinctively segregate themselves into comfortable social groups. Many psychological experiments have shown this result (if you believe in all that). It's unfortunate that more people cannot be more forgiving. I think it's fun to get to know and learn about other people's culture and life experiences.

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2008, 10:23:47 pm »
I'd only be able to play with animals if that were the case and most of them would have a hell of a time with the dice!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008, 10:24:31 pm »
It's not how I'd run my show, or table, but I can see some people here easily agreeing with him, and his point of view. I hope this doesn't cost you your game night, but if it does hopefully you'll land on your feet.

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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2008, 10:26:21 pm »
He's obviously a very insecure person.
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2008, 10:31:59 pm »
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It's not how I'd run my show, or table, but I can see some people here easily agreeing with him, and his point of view. I hope this doesn't cost you your game night, but if it does hopefully you'll land on your feet.
NPR had a story a week or so ago that the entire US is kind of going this way.  It's not proximity to schools or anything like that, it's all about moving to a neighbourhood where most of the people share your ideology.

Of course, Kellri is in Vietnam, so I don't know if the trend is starting over there with game groups or what.  As little as actual religion comes up, I am having a hard time seeing myself excluding someone because of ideology, unless it was trully repellent, of course.
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2008, 10:43:14 pm »
I'd have to say that I'd game with just about anyone- if they can take me as I am and avoid trying to save my soul or moderate my habits. Truthfully, my profession and general level of immaturity cause me a lot more trouble in these regards than gaming. All in all, I'm far more likely to be denied than to deny.
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2008, 10:45:39 pm »
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I'd have to say that I'd game with just about anyone- if they can take me as I am and avoid trying to save my soul or moderate my habits. .


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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2008, 10:48:21 pm »
I assure you that any shine you see is the product of glossy tarnish.
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2008, 10:52:36 pm »
No, this isn't in Vietnam, it's an online thing. Expats couldn't afford to be that intolerant. My regular IRL gaming group are all 6th grade Korean kids - they're pretty much stuck with me. No, this particular American guy has decided I'm a shill for a 'murderous communist regime' and an 'athiest'. Neither could be farther from the truth (are there even any communists left, surely not in VN) but don't tell him that.
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2008, 10:55:13 pm »
I refuse to play with anyone I like too much, or have too much in common with. Yeah, in fact, since all of you post on the same website as I do, you are all hereby disbarred from my table, or any table I chose to play at. That goes double for those of you currently living in the pacific northwest. Can't STAND playing with people who share geographic proximity......

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