There’s a peculular blindspot around in roleplay, it seems. In normal society, there’s a trend that if goods are advertised as X, then when you buy them, they are X.
X, as opposed to Y or Z.
I had all the fun of the fair about that recently on a forum. It was rather like the monty python dead parrot sketch – I kept point out that the ‘parrot’ was dead at sale, and they’d play out the other side, with the usual snide assertions where they have given up on actually caring about you and it’s all territory to them now. My partner says it’s a guy thing – particularly a guy roleplay thing.
The specific issue here is that roleplay books call themselves ‘games’ but are apparently ‘toolkits’.
They just get this exception, without having to communicate it to any potential buyer. Of course I tried to sell the people in the forum some ‘genuine’ rolexes, but they didn’t seem to have a breach in their mental firewalls that’d let me make make casholas on the fake rolexes – it was just in terms of roleplay books.
The primary thing that seemed to convince them is numbers – if enough people believe game == toolkit, then it does. No information need be conveyed at the point of sale, it’s just osmotically known by potential purchasers. I imagine that’d mean there was this moment where a guy was standing in a hobby store, looking at the roleplay books and then this voice, vader style perhaps, enters his mind ‘All games…are toolkits!’. And the guy would just go ‘Oh!’ and clearly wouldn’t buy them thinking they were fikin’ chess.
They seem to act as if the word ‘game’ never came with any physical properties linked with it – as if it’s just a placeholder, like X, Y or Z is a placeholder for whatever you want to put in it. But then that can’t be right, because what they put in it, you better damn well believe it or it’s plenty of pisant bullying for you!
I’m pretty sure I’ve heard gamers complain about ordering a book and recieving it in the mail with a damaged cover. It’s kind of bizarre that if the cover doesn’t match the product, they’d go off, but if the word ‘game’ on the cover doesn’t match contents of the book, they totally let that slip.
I doubt anyone will find this, but no doubt if they do it’ll involve even defining, then using that definition as a fact since everyone uses it ‘I’ve got 500 people who define that parrot as alive!’. Anyway, cleared my head a bit.