The really short version: Wizards of the Coast has hired a consultant who regularly refers to an entire category of people as “Swine” publicly. Since I don’t want to support that kind of behavior, I won’t be buying anything from Wizards of the Coast while he’s getting a paycheck from them.
The details are these: RPGPundit is a blogger and game designer who likes to call people who have a different view of roleplaying games “Swine.” He seems to care deeply about protecting his actual identity, so I’m just going to refer to him by his screen name. I’m not going to link to his site (since that’s a form of support too) so the quotes in this post include dates. If a quote comes from someplace other than his Xanga site I’ve mentioned that as well. That said, here’s his definition of “Swine:”
I’m not a fan of pretentiousness but that doesn’t justify name calling. And this isn’t an isolated incident, this is a regular thing:
This personal attack is actually pretty chilling. I’m going to break my own policy and link to it, just to make the source absolutely clear. Beware that there’s some foul language.
Wizards of the Coast hasn’t confirmed that RPGPundit is consulting with them, but he claims to be. Given that several other bloggers and designers have mentioned similar deals it seems entirely possible.
Full disclosure: I’m pretty sure that RPGPundit would group me into the “Swine” category too. At the very least I like a lot of “Swine-games.” I’d like to think that I’d take this stand no matter who the “Swine” were; it’s never alright to pick a group of people and give them a derogatory name just because you feel differently. Especially because you feel differently about playing games.
I’m not comfortable with my money eventually going to someone who calls people who don’t agree with him “Swine” so I won’t be buying any WotC products while he’s on the payroll. Too bad, I heard from Rob Donaghue (who’s also “Swine”) that Lords of Waterdeep is a really great game, I was going to pick it up.
I don’t want that to affect all the awesome people that I know that work at WotC or freelance for them, so I’ll be trying to support them more directly. They seem like cool people, nothing against them, so I’ll try to get them the bit of my money that would come their way directly, by buying their side projects or backing their Kickstarters.
Just to be clear, I stand by RPGPundit’s right to say these things. They’re his opinions, no matter how I disagree with them. I just won’t fund this kind of speech, even indirectly.
Hiring someone who says these kinds of things about fellow gamers does not fit with the goals of inclusion for D&D Next. I hadn’t actually known there was this much animosity against people who just want to play and make fun games. “Swine” are D&D gamers too.