J.R. Blackwell & carry
Posted by Nathan P. on July 22, 2008
My new friend J.R. Blackwell played carry with me at DexCon, and just posted about it on her LJ. Link here. She was a ton of fun to play with, and has some really interested things to say about the game, coming from an out-of-the-indie-gamer-core perspective.
Her comments on feeling uncomfortable talking about what happened at the table are really, really interesting. They remind me of a time a couple of Dexposure cons ago when I was talking to Tony and the subject of racism in games came up. I was all “well, obviously when I run carry I toss around racial epithets for the Vietnamese when speaking in character, it’s part of the genre, but I don’t think it’s gratuitous.” And he was all “dude. I was playing two tables away from your game, and my head snapped around every time I heard “gook,” and it was A LOT.” Once you start down a path, it’s easy to get acclimated to it, to the point where you may not recognize the stuff you’re doing at the table is over acceptable lines “in real life.”
And even if you notice, I think most of us don’t really care, as long as it stays at the table.