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It is time to fight back

Almost a month to the day when it was announced John Ringo would NOT be a Guest of Honor at ConCarolinas, Origins Gaming Fair decided it wanted to play too. First it announced Larry Correia would be its literary guest of honor. Then, very shortly after that, the invitation was revoked. All signs indicate the decision was made by one man, John Ward. It didn’t take long for the tidal wave of reaction to set in and, since then, Origins has done everything wrong in how it has handled the situation.

In fact, we very well may be watching the slow suicide of a con that decided to follow the saying, “Get woke, go broke.”

You see, Ward — along with the few who whined and whinged about how evil Larry is because he doesn’t walk in lock step with their agenda — made a mistake. They assumed that just because we haven’t pushed back, and pushed back hard, we wouldn’t do anything this time. What they didn’t plan on was one simple fact. We. Have. Had. Enough.

But let’s look at the journey Origins made in a matter of hours yesterday via a series of screen caps. Why screen caps and not links to their actual comments? That’s simple. They are too cowardly to allow the comments to remain live on their page. First, they removed the review tab from their Facebook page because folks were rightly letting them know what they thought of the way the ConCom dealt with Larry. Then they completely deleted the thread where they posted the “amended” announcement of who would be appearing as guests of honor, the thread where Ward tried to “explain” why Larry was no longer part of the con.

There he is. One of five guests of honor.

Now compare this to the image now on their Facebook page. Oh, wait, that image is gone too — or at least buried deep on the page. But the information contained on the image I grabbed from their FB page last night is confirmed here.

Hmm, notice any difference? Yep, Larry’s gone. What gives? Oh, here is what gives.

Now, how many problems can you see with this statement by John Ward? I see a number. First, it is all about him. He didn’t know. He wasn’t aware. He felt it necessary re “recend” Larry’s invitation. No mention that he discussed it with the rest of those folks involved with the running of the con. No mention that he did due diligence ahead of time to see who his guest of honor was or what he did. Note also there is no mention of the fact Larry is an avid gamer. Nope, Ward was told Larry was a bad man and knee-jerked his reaction. Now he is running and hiding and refusing to answer simple questions like “exactly how are Larry’s views specifically unaligned with the philosophy” of the con?

I find it amazing Ward could issue this statement within an hour or so of first announcing Larry would be GoH and then the revocation of his invite and yet he couldn’t be bothered to answer the many questions about why?

Oh, there’s more.

Even as the con removed the thread on their Facebook page about Larry, they left this thread up. For those not wanting to go there, here’s the image you need to be aware of.

Now, if you had seen this yesterday before Larry was uninvited, his name would have been included as one of the tagged authors. In fact, if you look at the book cover, you see him listed as the third author. So the con has no problem making money off of him. He’s just not good enough to attend their con. Needless to say, there are a number of folks asking how long before this image is changed as well, possibly with the con organizers blacking out Larry’s name or even asking for volunteers to help tear out the pages on which his story is printed. After all, we mustn’t risk letting his annoying and dangerous ideas out into the gaming public.

Damn it, I’m sick of this shit.

What happened to Larry — as with John — is exactly what the other side has accused us of doing. Bullying, trying to keep us from making our livings, doing their best to prevent us from attending events where we can meet and mingle with fans. And we are the bad guys.

But puppies. Remember the puppies and the fact the puppy kickers are the good guys.

NOT!

One of the best descriptions I’ve seen of those who have used innuendo and lies against good men — and women — simply because they won’t toe the approved party lies is this: dirty little cultural Marxists. That is exactly what they are. Or perhaps, better still, the Nazis they accused us of being.

What is Larry’s sin? He advocated following the rules of the Hugo Awards and letting the readers nominate and choose the winners. He said it shouldn’t be left to just the insiders and Fans (as opposed to fans). He pointed out the system was rigged — and proved it. Don’t believe me? Look at the way they’ve gone through all sorts of contortions to make sure books they don’t approve of will never have a chance of winning ever again. He pointed out there is nothing wrong with having books that are fun to read be nominated and, gasp, actually win. He said — and many of us agreed — that the message in a book doesn’t have to beat you over the head. You can have a great plot and entertaining story as well. In fact, message should not be so prominent the story is no longer entertaining because people will quit buying if they aren’t enjoying what they read.

But that was bad. This dedicated family man, a gentle man and gentleman, was attacked and vilified. Now, five years or so after this began, the other side is still doing all it can to destroy him and those like him because they dared rock the boat. It is time to stop. It is time to call these sons of bitches attacking anyone who doesn’t fall into lock step and mind lock with them.

They call us bullies but who are the real bullies here? We aren’t going out and doing all we can to prevent them from attending cons as guests or guests of honor. We don’t take to Twitter and other social media platforms to spread lies about them. Yet we are the bad guys.

That term doesn’t mean what they think it does and it is past fucking time for ConComs to grow a pair and quit caving to the demands of a few. There is a reason why so many cons are bleeding money and membership and it isn’t because of the conservative or libertarian fans. It isn’t even because of many of the liberal fans. It is because of the few very vocal folks who think they should be determining not only the direction of the genre but who should be allowed to take part in it.

Let’s take a look at Origins’ code of conduct.

Hmmm, as I write this, I tried pulling up their code of conduct. Of course, it isn’t listed specifically in their menu. So, let’s do a search for it. Hmmm, I had to change browsers for it to come up but I finally found it here. Now, let’s see what it says.

Origins Game Fair is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and positive experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form.

Sounds good. But their own conduct regarding Larry seems to mean they will take steps to avoid having anyone come who might be harassed. After all, it wasn’t Larry who took to social media to attack his critics. They attacked him. Worse, John Ward did not give him the chance to respond. Nor did Ward explain to those asking for clarification what about Larry meant his attendance might possibly violate this part of the con’s code of conduct. But let’s look further.

If an Origins Game Fair attendee engages in harassing behavior, the convention organizers may take any lawful action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender, expelling them from the convention with no refund, or a possible permanent from future Origins Game Fair events.

Wow, somehow this pretty straight-forward statement about behavior at the con has now been expanded to include imagined behavior before the con. I know gamers are considered geeks, but have they perfected Minority Report and know ahead of time what evil Larry might have been going to do?

Origins Game Fair expects its attendees to respect each other and behave in a generally civilized fashion. Attendees should respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property.

Too bad Origins only applies that rule in one direction. It is obvious it isn’t applying it to those who have accused Larry of all sorts of behavior — behavior he is not guilty of. Where is the respect and the behaving in a generally civilized fashion? Or do those rules only apply to conservatives and libertarians?

Origins Game Fair forbids abusive, insulting, harassing or intimidating behavior or any kind.

So, are they going to revoke the memberships of those who have been insulting and harassing Larry and his supporters? Or are Ward and the others going to continue being cowards and bowing to the will of a few in the hope they get to play with the popular kids?

What happened with Larry regarding Origins Game Fair is the same thing that happened to John Ringo and ConCarolinas. This is an orchestrated attempt to silence voices in the genre a few folks don’t want to hear. These people are sooooo fragile, they can’t stand even the thought someone might not agree with them. These are the people who claim they are all about inclusivity and yet who wants to forbid others from coming? Them. They want to be inclusive as long as you only believe what they tell you is appropriate. Everyone else is a “danger” and must be excluded.

That isn’t how inclusivity works, folks.

It is time we stop letting them tell us where we can go and what we should say and think. These folks are like the schoolyard bully. They will continue until we take a stand. More than just men like John and Larry are being hurt by this. So are the fans. How many people bought memberships to ConCarolinas or Origins Gaming Fair? How many made hotel reservations, took time off from work and bought airline tickets? How many will lose money because they were planning to attend the con(s) to see a favorite author who is no longer welcome there? Will the cons make good on their losses? Hell no.

So let’s make sure not only John Ward and the con know what we think but also the con backers and vendors. The only real way to make sure these folks understand just how large the pile of steaming dog shit is they just stepped in is to hit them in their wallets. If you bought a membership because Larry was going to be a GoH and no longer desire to attend, demand your money back. When they refuse — and I have a feeling they will — note that you bought based on false advertising and that you will file a complaint with the city/state because of that if you don’t get your money back. Use the screen grabs that have been immortalized on the internet as support.

Contact the powers that be for the con. You can find a list of them here.

Contact their sponsors and let them know you will be voting with your dollars where they are concerned as well if they continue to sponsor the con.

Contact the GAMA board to let them know what you think about the way John Ward treated a best selling author and well-known gaming fan.

It is past time for us to stop playing by the other side’s rules. You know the rules I mean. They get to do and say whatever they want and we have to sit back and take it. No more. It is time to act. No, we aren’t taking back the genre. We never really lost it, at least not where the readers — or gamers — are concerned. What we are taking back is the social side of it.

You see, what cons like ConCarolinas and Origins Gaming Fair don’t realize is that we don’t need them. They, however, do need folks like Larry and John. They are why fans come to the cons. Without them, the draw isn’t there. How long before we start seeing more and more of these organizations falling to victim to “get woke, go broke”? If that happens with Origins, I won’t cry any tears. Maybe after a few more of them go belly up, the bean counters and concoms will start to realize where the real fans and the real money happen to be.

Oh, and it is now 0815 Central, more than an hour after I said I needed a comment from Ward and company. No response to my email or to my PM on Facebook. Why am I not surprised?

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  1. Saw this last night and saw the “recend” thread. Holy cow! Talk about being raked over the coals. There were a few people that were saying “good” and implying vicious things against Larry. All of them were called out and asked for proof which was never shown.
    I would say start our own cons but that’s conceding the field of battle. Targeting conservatives though started with World Con’s barring of Jon Del Arroz though and I guess the SJZ/CHORF’s seeing this figured that it was time for all out war.

    May 15, 2018
    • No, it started long before WorldCon and JDA. He just was the most vocal about it. During SP3, there were attempts by this same group of special folks to not only get Larry, Brad, Sarah and others banned from cons but to convince their editors not to publish them any longer unless they changed their ways.

      As for starting our own con, the other side told us to do that instead of “destroying” the Hugos. So, what happened when the Dragon Awards came to be? The other side mocked them and then started trying to be nominated for them as well as for Hugos. They want everything to be theirs and no one else’s.

      May 15, 2018
      • Should have been clearer. This is the first year they’ve been successful in getting bad thinkers banned. I have been following all the puppy sagas and there’s a few or more authors I will no longer support or read.

        May 15, 2018
      • Uncle Lar #

        And it’s either their way or they will do their duplicitous best to tear it all down. Case in point their packing the supporting rolls and voting NO AWARD for what was it seven of the categories and if that wasn’t enough added salt to the wounds with that disgusting asterisk award business.
        Like the old saying goes, this is why we can’t have nice things any more.

        May 15, 2018
  2. 23skidoo

    May 15, 2018
  3. Saw how fast word got out last night. Origins seems to have forgotten the lesson of GamerGate. The Supreme Dark Lord (V-x D-y) picked it up in a flash and Redditers also grabbed it. Not smart, Origins, seriously not smart.

    May 15, 2018
    • They believed the few and accepted that Larry’s fans were few and docile. What they didn’t get is 1) Larry’s fans are many and vocal and 2) there are others who might not necessarily be fans of his but who are tired of this shit. What they might be seeing is that the silent majority is tired of being silent and even more tired of being bullied.

      And yes, it is the so-called advocates of inclusivity who are doing the bullying right now.

      May 15, 2018
      • Uncle Lar #

        But you see Amanda the bullies need attention desperately and cannot wrap their tiny pea brains around the idea that anyone else might feel differently.
        It’s a foreign concept that they will never embrace, but in fact both John and Larry were doing the respective cons a favor. It was the conventions that benefited from the popularity and draw of very popular name authors.
        This is nothing more than the natural extension of the Sad Puppy vs puppy kicker conflict. During its four year run SP demonstrated beyond doubt that a small incestuous group had co-opted the Hugo awards to the point that they had succeeded in destroying any value that award might have once had.

        May 15, 2018
    • Synova #

      Re GamerGate, I think that the SJW’s still think they won that one. They’re certainly still fighting it, tooth and nail. They’re still full on with “I have a right to be a political asshole, but someone else being an asshole is reason to destroy them. Attack!”

      May 15, 2018
  4. Y’know, there’s always the way of increasing LibertyCon’s profile, and plugging DragonCon more. Let the small cons die, focus on promoting the cons that really don’t bow down to the social justice zealotry – the market will go where the market will go, and the businesses will see where the money is. The ones that don’t, die in a firestorm of financial loss.

    May 15, 2018
    • Uncle Lar #

      Been in touch with the movers and shakers at LC. If these sad pathetic bullies try any of this crap with them they will quickly pull back a bloody stump. Liberty is too tight knit and Dragon is just too big for their tactics to work on either convention. Or so I sincerely hope.

      May 15, 2018
  5. Mike Houst #

    So, we must respect all cultures, except our own.
    We must be tolerant of everyone’s views, but no one must be tolerant of ours.
    The concepts of fair play, consistency, honesty, and thoughtfulness are totally foreign to the SJW cabal.
    Too bad I’ll be in St Louis and couldn’t go to the LibertyCon. I see it’s sold out. /cheer!

    May 15, 2018
  6. — This is an orchestrated attempt to silence voices in the genre a few folks don’t want to hear. —

    Rather more ominously, this is an attempt to silence voices a few folks don’t want to be heard by others. The silencers are straining to harm Larry and others who hold comparable opinions by denying them access to one of the available outlets for promoting their books: convention attendance and the opportunities to mingle with potential readers.

    Think “long march through the institutions,” and why Antonio Gramsci emphasized it as the proper strategical path for the Marxist Left.

    May 15, 2018
    • Mike Houst #

      BINGO.

      May 15, 2018
    • Yep. But they see themselves as the great liberators and heroes of the downtrodden. If only they would look in the mirror — with their eyes open and their brains functioning.

      May 15, 2018
      • (chuckle) Now you’re asking for a lot!

        May 15, 2018
        • I know. Worse, think about the mess someone would have to clean up if they actually did as I suggested. All those heads exploding. I wonder, how much noise and energy would be generated in that moment?

          May 15, 2018
  7. Check out Marta’s take on it over at Victory Girls. http://victorygirlsblog.com/origins-game-fair-caves-to-sjz-brownshirts/

    May 15, 2018
  8. From a comment on Vile 666:

    This is what people meant 3 years ago when they said the Sad Puppies were permanently damaging their careers. They can split hairs all day long about whether they said sexist/racist/homophobic things or actually hold sexist/racist/homophobic beliefs. Personally, I think some of them do, but maybe not all of them. Doesn’t matter in the end.

    Yup, this is exactly what was meant: It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re actually racist/‌sexist/‌homophobic/‌sinful, only that their words can be twisted or misquoted or lied about to make them appear racist/‌sexist/‌homophobic/‌sinful—and these lies can forever afterward be pointed to and used against them.

    But of course, we already understood the threat back when it was made.

    May 15, 2018
    • Synova #

      “Look what you made us do! You made us lie about you! You are BAD people!”

      May 15, 2018
      • Right, Synova? Standard abusers.

        May 15, 2018
      • Well, that’s why we call it Vile666, and that’s why China Mike is banned at MGC. Because they’re a wretched hive of scum and villainy, populated by liars and block captains.

        May 15, 2018
    • Joel, the thing is we weren’t hurting our CAREERS. We were hurting our traditional careers. (If what’s come back at me from three secondary sources, they might have killed my traditional career. I’m the expendable one of the lot, you see.)
      We were not hurting our CAREERS.
      Sure, maybe I’ll never publish traditional again. But my indie book made me twice what my trad books make me (and it was a very WEIRD book) and there are people making fortunes in indie. I’m reorienting to MOSTLY indie. My career isn’t over, anymore than if I had left a publisher for another that pays better in the old days.
      As for conventions? Writers go there to meet their friends. It used to be they were VITAL for our marketing. You get a few GOH, your publisher sees how fervent your fans are, he pushes your books, and voila, best seller. Now? Bah. Most publishers don’t attend conventions. “Push” marketing is less effective every year. Many fans are even turning away from cons because it’s all wokeness, no fun. Honestly, they need us more than we need them.
      We can always visit our professional friends at their places. Or arrange to meet somewhere.
      They think they’re destroying our careers, but the truth is, our careers will continue in ways and paths they aren’t even aware of. Paths that reach most of the reading public which has stopped buying traditional.
      Meanwhile, they’ll fight desperately over a shrinking slice of pie, because they’re not entrepreneurial enough to try anything, they want the approval, and they desperately need those awards so they can get academic jobs.
      Sucks to be them.

      May 15, 2018
      • Mike Houst #

        I’d love to run into Larry at a gun convention, or shooting competition someplace.

        May 15, 2018
        • I wouldn’t. It’d be like running into a rhinoceros. ~:D

          May 15, 2018
    • Their level of tone deafness is incredible! They actually think this HURTS Larry’s career? OMG! These morons don’t understand the level of hell they unleashed on Origins and their parents and sponsors.

      May 15, 2018
      • Christopher M. Chupik #

        Here’s hoping that John and Larry’s new collaboration shoots up the sales charts. 🙂

        May 15, 2018
        • From your keyboard to the NYT list!

          May 15, 2018
  9. BobtheRegisterredFool #

    Isn’t this the second one this year? I can’t help asking myself what is different about this year, why escalate this far now?

    Sad Puppies is pretty subdued. (One interpretation is bowing to pressures put on Toni Weisskopf. I don’t believe that, but some of the anti-puppies may.) Do they naturally escalate on sensing (correctly or not) weakness?

    Is it nerves about the future impact of B&N’s collapse? An attempt to boost sales in some insane theory of the market?

    Or is this how they think you get serious about midterms?

    May 15, 2018
    • I think it is a combination of Trump’s popularity and libertarians/conservatives/don’t-care-leave-me-alones being less and less afraid to speak out. The progressives don’t know what to do, besides ban any idea that might draw people away from their own institutions and philosophies.

      That’s my take, at least.

      May 15, 2018
      • TXRed, absolutely. How dare we speak our minds and not bow to their vastly more “enlightened” world view? How dare we call them on their double-standards? Because they have no answer for us, they try to silence us. It’s time to show them they can’t.

        May 15, 2018
      • JLawson #

        As long as they could make libertarians/conservatives/don’t-care folks feel isolated, they had control. Same tactics as in the USSR, you may not have liked what was going on, but you were only one person and didn’t dare say anything. Silence=Consent as far as the Progs go – and if they can force you to stay silent, that’s a win for them.

        But when people are aware there’s more who feel like they do? They won’t stay silent any longer. And the more the Progs screech in horror and hate, the less credibility they end up with…

        May 15, 2018
        • Yep and the internet is helping us realize we aren’t alone. It also lets us memorialize their idiocy for future reference. The internet never forgets.

          May 15, 2018
      • Synova #

        On being less afraid to speak out… while it was difficult it used to be possible to be neutral and there were *rewards* involved in not making waves or being apolitical as a professional.

        And there were and still are tons of people who are naturally neutral. They just don’t want to deal with it and I think that a lot of them, not given the option anymore will nod and say “sure, whatever, I believe in inclusion” and brush it off. It’s ultimately an “eat me last” sort of strategy but people are people and humans are human. (And who *doesn’t* believe in inclusion? Anyone? Hello?)

        In any case, there are no longer rewards for being apolitical in your professional persona. None. I think that people are still afraid, they’re just less likely to think that they’ll be allowed to or rewarded for keeping mum.

        May 15, 2018
        • — (And who *doesn’t* believe in inclusion? Anyone? Hello?) —

          Well, I don’t — not as an enforceable mandate. In fact, I believe in EXCLUSION, or perhaps it’s better known by another name: DISCRIMINATION.

          You see, I believe in choosing my own associates. I believe that to be a fundamental right of free men. This nonsense of mandatory inclusion is exactly the same as saying “No one has a right to his own standards.” Roll that one around in your cerebrum for a while before you reflexively endorse the Gospel of Inclusion.

          May 15, 2018
    • Uncle Lar #

      Sad Puppies did precisely what it set out to do, demonstrate that the Hugo awards had been taken over by a tiny cabal of low talent trad pub hangers on. The only reason it still exists is to provide a suggested reading list for the Dragon awards and to prevent outsiders from taking over the name for their own aggrandizement.
      Toni is doing her level best to carry on Jim’s legacy. But she’s not Jim and has serious blind spots regarding the true motives of some in her back office.
      ConCarolinas was a trial balloon that worked better than the bullies could have hoped for. Now with that taste of blood fresh on their lips they naturally targeted next on their list, Larry Correia. And sure a good part is the desperate panic of the red diaper socialists watching as their absolutely guaranteed path to glory gets shredded and diced by one Trump win after another.
      But mostly it’s the tale of the spoiled child, not content to take his ball and leave, but must destroy all the balls, bats, and gloves, and ruin the ballpark. Either play by his rules or he’ll see that you never enjoy a game again.

      May 15, 2018
  10. Apparently through some path someone knows who complained at Ward to elicit the rescension. Who was the alleged complainer, and how is this known?

    In several other places — I even went to Vox Populi, where I have never posted before — I made the suggestion that someone should tell the other Guests of Honor what is going on. They may not know.

    May 15, 2018
    • BobtheRegisterredFool #

      Apparently it was the wife/girlfriend of the guy who Larry fisked for writing a ‘gencon is racist’ article.

      May 15, 2018
      • Synova #

        The gencon thing was so stupid but when someone writes a confession about their trauma of how awful and racist their white gaming buddies were (what a way to treat your friends, right?), everyone is supposed to respect the rawness of their hurt.

        May 15, 2018
    • BobtheRegisterredFool #

      The evidence presented for it is in the Victory Girls link Amanda posted.

      May 15, 2018
    • George, they know. They have been tagged on FB and Twitter, among just some of the social networking platforms. Whether they have paid attention and whether they have the guts to stand up for what they believe is something else.

      As for who told who what, within minutes of the announcement Larry was going to be a GoH, several of the usual suspects attacked on Twitter and FB. In his response — and it is clear it is HIS response and no one else — John Ward decided to react instead of make a calm, level-headed decision based on research. Now he, and the con, get to reap the rewards of his actions.

      May 15, 2018
    • Whitney (the strix) Beltran is apparently taking credit

      May 15, 2018
      • I saw her patting herself on her back about it yesterday. Bullies gotta bully and then brag about it.

        May 15, 2018
      • Christopher M. Chupik #

        Not surprised to see a personal vendetta is involved. Larry’s been to lots of cons since the days when Sad Puppies was still going and no problems.

        May 15, 2018
  11. adventuresfantastic #

    c4c

    May 15, 2018
  12. “THE UNPERSONINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES!” they explained. 😉

    May 15, 2018
    • “And morale will improve. We command it!”

      May 15, 2018
  13. Book #

    The thing that chills me the most about this is that all it took to get the ConCom to RESCIND the invitation was the word of some lady on Twitter- a woman on twitter who then REFUSED to provide the concom with links to Larry’s supposed “harassment.”

    AND THEY ACCEPTED THAT.

    May 15, 2018
    • Margaret Ball #

      Why does that surprise you? Their entire worldview requires ignoring the available evidence.

      May 15, 2018
  14. Amanda said: “He pointed out the system was rigged — and proved it. Don’t believe me? Look at the way they’ve gone through all sorts of contortions to make sure books they don’t approve of will never have a chance of winning ever again.”

    Just look at the crap that got nominated this year, if you want to know if its rigged. Crapestros Flopatron for best fan writer. Scalzi’s Prolapsing Empire for best novel. Norah, again, for Stoned Soup or whatever the hell its called. I can’t be bothered to look it up.

    Completely Puppy Free, but they still can’t get enough of kicking them Puppies.

    This is the thing about Lefties that is the most pernicious, in my view. They will never, ever, ever stop. Never. It is war to the knife with them, every time. Us leaving them alone is not sufficient, we must be PUNISHED.

    I don’t have a problem with it, ultimately. Origins Gaming Fair is a -capitalist- entity, and they just announced they don’t want my money. No problem. You don’t want it, I’ll keep it to myself. Have fun going bankrupt, bitchez. Punish us some more.

    May 15, 2018
    • You hit on it. Sad Puppies accomplished what it set out to do. There was no real SP movement last year or this. Yet the other side can’t let go. We are the monster under their beds and in their closets. If I didn’t know better, they continue to attack us because they know we were right about it all. Not that they would ever admit it. So, in order to insure no one else realizes it, they have to make sure we are silenced — except they are failing and failing miserably at it.

      May 15, 2018
      • Christopher M. Chupik #

        It’s been really fascinating to witness that since the Puppy-free Hugos were announced, the Puppies are back to being the greatest threat to all of fandom forever.

        May 15, 2018
  15. “Contact the GAMA board to let them know what you think about the way John Ward treated a best selling author and well-known gaming fan.”

    I’ve got contacts in the gaming industry who indicate this problem actually originates with the GAMA board and they are using John Ward as their fall guy. I have no proof nor do my contacts, but that’s their feeling on the matter. Stuff certainly blew up on social media but the GAMA board might be the ones who caved and issued the order to John Ward.

    May 15, 2018
    • I had wondered, but they still need to know this is going to hit their bottom dollar.

      May 15, 2018
      • I agree completely. Honestly, it will be easier to hit the GAMA board than John Ward since they represent businesses that will see a falloff in sales faster. I’m exactly their target audience, owning hundreds of board games and dozens of RPGs, and will make my opinion of this fiasco abundantly clear to them.

        May 15, 2018
  16. Reblogged this on westfargomusings and commented:
    Fuck Origins Game Fair. Fuck ConCarolinas. Fuck John Ward. Fuck Whitney (the strix) Beltran. May they all rot in a festering pool of maggots.

    May 15, 2018
  17. Christopher M. Chupik #

    I knew after what happened to Ringo the Seriously Judgemental Weasels would pull this crap again. And why not? All you need is someone with a personal vendetta, a few retweets and bam! You too can get a New York Times bestselling author kicked from a convention because he hurt your fee-fees.

    May 15, 2018
    • Same here. I didn’t think they would be foolish enough to take on Larry so soon. Now I’m popping the pop corn and settling back to watch the show. I have a feeling they aren’t enjoying the consequences of their actions right now.

      May 15, 2018
  18. And now they have removed the thread about the anthology from their FB page. The data scrubbing continues. I wonder if they are going to go through every thread and delete all the non-supportive comments as well?

    May 15, 2018
  19. Brett Baker #

    Are there going to be any cons left?

    May 15, 2018
    • Some, but smaller cons who refuse to consider the consequences of their actions will soon be few and far between.

      May 15, 2018
  20. A real shame. This is one of the few times I have seen Mr. Correia listed some place close enough for me to go. It would be nice to meet a male who can write realistic female characters – not supper woman or wilting flowers, but honest, competent women. The kind of characters Doc Smith might have written.

    May 15, 2018

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