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I read an excellent rant on Dundee’s site (not the MoB Dundee, the RCGUO Dundee) about “roleplayers”. Damn if this doesn’t bother me about as much as it seems to bother him. After a boring weekend which consisted largely of replacing my car and wondering if it was worth it to ever attempt to run an RPG campaign ever again, this one just set me off. I started typing one of my typical super-long boring Mu replies to his message board, when I realized SitePowerUp would probably cut it in half, so here it is.The RP Nazi attitude is prevalent everywhere, even (and most disturbingly so) in the realm of pen and paper RPG’s. The problem lies in the term, “roleplaying”. It would seem pretty simple to define… “playing a role”. But people add all sorts of nonsense to the definition based on their experiences, what they’ve read in some really terrible fantasy fan fiction, and their own delusions. This is where the problem happens… people enter an “RPG”, whether it’s some tabletop thing, EQ, even UO, with an expectation that (1) it is a roleplaying game, and more importantly (2) it will fit perfectly with their idea of what roleplaying is. These people wear the badge of “roleplayer” proudly, and gives anyone who even thinks about roleplaying a bad name.

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I received a missive regarding Musashi Versus the MAN in the wee wee hours of the 17th…

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Late as usual, but a quick update for those of you who haven’t been following the main page. Shame on you! Nighthawk got his account restored, although the tower was not replaced. This happened almost immediately after a protest rally was held at Castle British on Baja. A new story has been posted about this event.

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With the roadside revival tent business going downhill, Musashi decided that maybe he could make a difference for the WTFMAN? philosophy through some other means, like political activism.  Imagine his shock when he heard the news that avatar of WTFMAN? Nighthawk had been sentenced to exile from Sosaria on some very shaky grounds!  Ever curious to see what was happening, Mu ran off towards Castle British (minus his fake beard), and was greeted by someone shouting at him to dye his clothes red.  He then found a seat, wondering when the demonstration was happening, as someone named Ash recited poetry, obviously influenced by e.e. cummings, as indicated by the lack of capitalization.  Regardless, Musashi attempted to fit in as best as possible, joining the roleplaying-fest as he awaited the madness that would undoubtedly ensue when too many people sit around in the same place with nothing do do, as opposed to being spread out all over with nothing to do.

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Late last night, I got out of a really annoying Starcraft game to find several ICQ messages waiting for me from J., Nighthawk, Brules, etc., all saying the same thing… Nighthawk of the Joy of Villainy got banned. WTFMAN? Nighthawk was a notorious PK on Baja, but he was also a highly respected player, ran Joy of Villainy extremely well after Warik stopped running it, and has even been featured in a story by an amazingly popular author! 8P OK, this is strange enough, but then an hour after he is penalty boxed, his tower insta-decays? This not only hoses him, but everyone else who was using the tower for storage and living quarters. (I logged in my Baja ghost after I got the messages, and the area is picked clean. I later found out that the stuff was rescued by Jesus H. Christ, NH’s roommate.) The full story is posted on Joy of Villainy, with some screenshots of GM Boo and Nighthawk in jail.

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The spirit of the infamous UO lawsuit lives on, and it seems a revival is taking place. First, go check out the story on Dr. TwisTer (UO section) about someone taking OSI to small claims court for having his account banned. There’s not a lot of material here, so it’s unclear whether or not he violated the TOS, but it seems legitimate from a legal standpoint.

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A recent visit to UOSS reminded me why I never visit there much anymore, and a post about UO reminded me why I don’t play UO much anymore. Someone sent in a picture of a locked back room in Jhelom they came across…

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I forgot this page existed, I’ve been wasting so much time on the C. Dalton Zone. Just got a very short reply to the LadyMOI thread about the RP Story Guide.

Heh.. I thought it was funny. Really I did. :) -carly

Well, I guess that says it all… Musashi’s Guide to Writing UO Roleplaying Stories is the official roleplaying website of OSI! Isn’t that what she said? Oh well, it sounded kinda like that. Well, it didn’t but I’m sure it was implied. Read between the lines, man!

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Oooh, I got mail. Could it be OSI banning me? My fingers trembled with anticipation as I worked through the clunky Telnet PINE interface…

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Lum’s rant page, which is possibly the greatest UO commentary page of all time, retroactively updated the page on Lum’s visit to the UO player luncheon with Richard Garriott, much in the same way that I retroactively update my rants to remove statements that will get me in legal trouble after I’ve had a minute to think about it. The Britfest ’99 page is totally brilliant, but until today I didn’t notice the oddity of the GM table pictures. No wonder GM’s are so pissy and unresponsive and arbitrary about banning people. Their parents don’t understand them. Neither do you. You will never understand the depths of their angst. Or something.

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