Fuck the Mainstream.

So Tabletop RPGs are mainstream now? Some dude on television rolled a nat 20, the crowd didn’t really understand what was going on, and I’m supposed to applaud?

Those stupid ass shirts really cost $35?

Are these clowns fucking clapping along?

Pathetic.


Mainstream
noun
main·stream | \ ˈmān-ˌstrēm \
Definition: a prevailing current or direction of activity or influence
Synonyms: Average, Common, Current, Normal, Regular, Ordinary, Conventional,


When I wake up in the mornings I never tell myself, “I want today to be typical.”

I have never pulled my chair up to a table and exclaimed, “Alright everyone this session is going to be the most nauseatingly average one yet!”

I have never set out to be normal, regular, or conventional in anything.

People seem to think that a popular show having five minutes of actual D&D and a few random references equates to some big win. They also seem to think that some dude getting rich by selling $3 shirts for 7x that means they are now somehow better off.

It’s time to bring back the Satanic Panic.

Don’t take this the wrong way. More power to Joe. He’s duped a whole swarm of people into fist fucking his wallet full of their hard earned cash. I can respect that. And if people dig his wares then go all out. Rep whatever you like. I couldn’t give a fuck less. Just don’t flap your arms in excitement that your little corner of the world almost got some airtime. That’s what clowns do.

Does anyone truly think a single thing has changed?

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Behold the glory of your savior

When the bandwagon decides to take off towards the next thing we’ll still be here doing what we have been. The True will stick around while the rest move on before they play through a single campaign. Don’t think for a fucking second that we need a couple of dorks on TV to pat us on the back with cool points and Tolkien lore. It does nothing for us. Don’t pretend that you have gained anything.

By all means, clap along, but you’re taken about as seriously as the average Nickelback fan. You’re taken about as seriously as Joe when he throws up the horns like a first class poser.

You want to be mainstream? Listen to top 40 radio. Watch football. Eat fast food. Jump around like an idiot every time some puppet on television tells you to move.

What we do will never be mainstream.

Fuck ordinary. I don’t want to be ordinary.

HTBC.

4 thoughts on “Fuck the Mainstream.”

  1. Hell yeah! I get frustrated with finding people to game with in my area who are into anything other than the latest D&D corporate flavor of the month!!!

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    1. I would argue that DnD is more than just the flavor of the month. It doesn’t hold my attention, but it is undeniably at the top. And it has been for years. I dislike 5th but that’s neither here nor there. If you are looking for a group try gaming online. G+ has a decent scene around tons of games. There is also the tried and sometimes true method of “book them and they will come”. Sit your friends down and tell them you’re all playing one session of a game. Be charismarit and convincing.

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  2. One part of me looks at that like a win. I mean back in the 70s 80s and some of the 90s dnd was forbidden by many parents. Kids today will grow up with us. They will get to play the game our parents shunned. Hell we will be the dm’s for them. Other positive could be more awesome content to play with. The other part of me cringes. I also can’t stand when everyone likes what I enjoy. Really takes the flavor away. Hell I mostly listen to underground music so I do understand. If dnd mainstream is anything like music mainstream its sure to be watered down garbage. But, like music dnd will have pockets of cool as underground content for us to devour.

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