Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Tyler Durden Rant

From Judd's livejournal by way of RPGnet.

Posted in its entireity 'cause it doesn't hurt to read it twice.

You are not your boxed sets. You're dick is not as big as the shelves your books are on. You are not going to get a Ph.D in Geekhood for knowing the Anthropology of the Forgotten Realms.

Fuck longitude and lattitude(unless it is a game about exploration). Fuck scale on maps(unless it is a game about cartography). Fuck weather tables(unless it is a game about the randomness of weather and chaos theory). Fuck a novel sized reading list to get started to play(unless it is a game about reading and writing). Fuck bad short stories(unless it is a game about frustrated writers). Fuck lineage charts (unless it is a game about family).

I say, give me a setting that stirs my blood.

I say, give me a world that infers and inspires with only as many words as it needs to do so.

I say, stop reading your game books and start playing with 'em.

I say, if you want to write a novel, write a NOVEL, not a game setting.

I see a world where the game books are worn with use and the forums are choked with actual play posts. You find geeks at rest stops, frantically feeding change into vending machines to get to Vincent Baker's newest game within.

I see a world where our assumptions about games are pushed to the brink until a definition of what an RPG is becomes an impossibility.

If I felt that needed a mission statement for TAO Games, this would be it.

P.S. Although fuck bad fiction even if it is a game about bad writers. I don't need to read it myself to know how bad it is.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks, Ben.

Glad you liked it.

I got two hours sleep, had a cup of coffee and a bagel, then wrote all day.

So, by the time I got home and posted, I was wired.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Well, it says a great many things I agree with in a manner that includes bad words. So I'm pretty much sold.

Although, if your dick was as long as your game shelf... that shouldn't be a point of pride. That's like a freakish deformity.


3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was writing it in a hurry, having seen Fight Club the week before.

I was trying to tap into Durden's kind of machismo bullshit with that dick line and his hatred of societal men's body image myths.

Anyway...yeah, that'd be freakish.

4:24 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

It wasn't meant as a criticism of the post. A lot of my male friends will claim that, say, their penis is as long as their legs.

This has always struck me as really strange. I can understand bragging about length and girth to a point, but when it gets to "I could not possibly have sex" I just miss the point.

Totally off-topic. I love having my own blogspace!


4:32 AM  

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