This past week or two has been interesting. For those of us who are US citizens or residents, it has been a very stressful and discouraging week. Unfortunately, the gaming space was not it's normal refuge from the sort of negativity that comes from news media. There were three big names that really were criticized this last week.
Daniel Tascini, one of the creator's of all the "T" games, i.e. #Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun, #Teotihuacan: City of Gods, and, etc.... Apparently had written some stuff, in Italian, where he says that he calls his "black" friends the "n" word. As a result of all this stuff, while publisher Board and DIce will honor their existing contracts with Tascini, they have, as I understand, cut off further relationships.
Phil Eklund also really came under fire this week. He is the designer of such games as #High Frontier 4 All, #Pax Renaissance, and #Bios: Origins (Second Edition). He has long been known as a person who didn't shy away from putting his opinions, often unpopular and often short sighted and/or wrong, in his rulebooks. He put long essays and lots of "historical" footnotes in his rulebooks. He came under fire this week for posting some stuff about Covid on his facebook timeline. As a result a bunch of people came out and criticized that as well as other things, and a LOT people criticized a specific line or two of authorial commentary in the Eklund game #Pax Emancipation. At first Ion Game Design stood up for him. But, then, bowing to community pressure, they went ahead and said something to the effect that they will run essays by fact and sensitity checkers as well as present alternative viewpoints to the essays.
Finally Funagain games came under fire when the (owner??) had some critical interaction with Jess from Heavy Cardboard. He criticized her for their strong statements against Phil Eklund, he then went ahead and "jokingly" criticized her for living with a man out of wedlock, as well as some other interactions. Some people, as a result of that, have pledged never again to buy from Funagain games.
Now, I am not posting this so that we can talk about the individual cases represented here. That is why I didn't include screenshots actual links and tweets. I don't want this post to just go to talking about these specific people/situations. My questions are much more general than these individual cases.
Anyways, I am interested to hear how y'all think about these issues.