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Neoplatonist1:
Is this a nerd thing, that glommed onto message boards with the eager urge to transform them from simple communications platforms into text-based games, complete with thick rulebooks, characters, and "gamemaster" moderators?

Venka:
Man people used to run campaigns on BBSes in the 90s, AD&D and White Wolf stuff.  I doubt there's much fundamentally new under the sun here.

Neoplatonist1:

--- Quote from: Venka on November 19, 2021, 02:27:32 PM ---Man people used to run campaigns on BBSes in the 90s, AD&D and White Wolf stuff.  I doubt there's much fundamentally new under the sun here.

--- End quote ---

That's not what I mean, Venka. People have used platforms to play games, but, when did the posting of non-game messages itself become a game? You know, getting +1 Nerd Points or having a book of do's and don't when it comes to posting, power levels and persecution points, etc.? It's like the people at TBP are running their board as if it's a big game in and of itself, regardless of what is actually discussed there. When did that kind of thing start?

Venka:
Oh, I see what you are saying now.  To be honest, I'm not real sure.  As early as the early 2000s, SA had become gamified with everyone trying to hold closer and closer to some pure ideal post- terse, blunt, and in support of some political value.  At that time I'd argue it was a new dissonant type of poem, these days I'd say it has become a performance art, a measure of adherence to an infernal standard.

Spinachcat:
Power corrupts.

It's HARD to run a free speech forum because you have to accept / allow / deal with / tolerate speech you don't like. It's much easier to censor, especially when you have the power to censor.

It's why I have great and enduring respect for RPGPundit, even if I disagree with something he says, I know he's dedicated to keeping theRPGsite free speech first and foremost.

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