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Author Topic: I interviewed Zak S. about Game Design, Books, Art, and TTRPG Cancel Culture  (Read 3110 times)

VhaidraSaga

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Cool, well done interview, thanks for doing/sharing this!

Zak's stuff is not my personal style of game, but respect and credit where its due, the guy's efforts and contributions to the hobby are huge.

Thanks. It was my pleasure to be able to do it.

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Great interview. Zak comes across as a reasonable and thoughtful person. I can't decide if my favorite part is when the women in his gaming group said "give me the chain mail bikini and the axe" or when Ettin folded like cheap suit when he faced the judge.

Thanks. So many quotable quotes from him.

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Great interview.  I’m definitely a fan of his work.  I just wish all that social media drama wasn’t thrust in my face every time his name is mentioned. 

VhaidraSaga

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Great interview.  I’m definitely a fan of his work.  I just wish all that social media drama wasn’t thrust in my face every time his name is mentioned.

Thanks. Agreed 💯

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I am glad that Zak was allowed to tell his side of the abuse story. 

Overall it was an excellent interview.

VhaidraSaga

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I am glad that Zak was allowed to tell his side of the abuse story. 

Overall it was an excellent interview.

Thank you!

VhaidraSaga

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I just found the first response video to my interview with Zak Smith at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGlm-75RltE&ab_channel=DmJames

VhaidraSaga

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I've moved away from watching videos on YouTube due to their constant unethical behavior. Any chance for Odysee link?

Note: Odysee can automatically mirror all YT content once you set it up.

@Zelen, I reached out and the got my account sync'd. Thanks for the suggestion. Here is the link to the same interview with Zak Smith from YouTube now on Odysee: https://odysee.com/@VhaidraSaga:3/nik-s.-interviews-zak-s.-of-vornheim%2C-a:3?r=2ibDkSwnM6Lbrmtjde33gynYfy6rAzGP


If anyone else wants to join Odysee for the reasons Zelen mentioned, you can join them (and possibly sync your videos from YouTube to them) and earn points with this link that gives you points to boost videos: https://odysee.com/$/invite/@VhaidraSaga:3

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It was good to hear that he still gets royalties from his products. I've held off purchasing his stuff because I wasn't sure he'd get the money, but now I know he will, I think it's time for a spending spree.

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Did you ask him about his strange cognitive dissonance when it comes to cancel culture? Zak thinks Cancel Culture has gone too far only in as much as he doesn't want it affecting him and people he agrees with. But he's perfectly fine to cancel others to this very day.



I do NOT want people like this at my table or being given any kind of attention.

VhaidraSaga

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It was good to hear that he still gets royalties from his products. I've held off purchasing his stuff because I wasn't sure he'd get the money, but now I know he will, I think it's time for a spending spree.

Awesome! It is good stuff! 👍🏽

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Did you ask him about his strange cognitive dissonance when it comes to cancel culture? Zak thinks Cancel Culture has gone too far only in as much as he doesn't want it affecting him and people he agrees with. But he's perfectly fine to cancel others to this very day.



I do NOT want people like this at my table or being given any kind of attention.

Can you provide your definition of cancel culture?

While I agree his argument is sloppy and conflates two things which have nothing to do with one another, I cannot figure out who is being canceled. It simply looks like a political take I do not agree with.

It is your table, so yes, you get to choose who sits there and I can understand not wanting to share it with someone who might be a political enemy, if you see him that way.

Certainly, you do not feel that other people should use slander, and allegations without evidence, to silence their political enemies? I believe that was one of the main points of the interview.

VhaidraSaga

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Did you ask him about his strange cognitive dissonance when it comes to cancel culture?


In the video interview, he brings up others who were cancelled and how we as a community need to stop being so fractured. He also take about his mistakes in the past. But we did not talk politics at all. This was mostly about his amazing at & books, his history,  what need to him getting cancelled, and how he is trying to get uncancelled, which could be a roadmap for others who find themselves being cancelled by the Twitter troll mobs that corporations are listening to.

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I do NOT want people like this at my table or being given any kind of attention.

Certainly, you do not feel that other people should use slander, and allegations without evidence, to silence their political enemies? I believe that was one of the main points of the interview.

Exactly.

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I do NOT want people like this at my table or being given any kind of attention.

Certainly, you do not feel that other people should use slander, and allegations without evidence, to silence their political enemies? I believe that was one of the main points of the interview.

Exactly.

It would be nice. I'm sure Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh appreciate the support.  :)
But let's be honest, this tactic works and it works well. And there is no to very little incentive for the people that use it to stop using it when the current system supports their actions. And I'm fine with a fractured gaming community. Like my family, I don't need to get along with everyone or even like em, just coexist. The problem seems to be, some people don't want me or people who think like me to exist at all, let alone my type of gaming. Interesting interview none the less. I hope you do more with others. Pundit maybe...... Bring liquor lol