The Internet Judges D&D Kids — Wrap-Up

Some time ago I pub­lished an inter­view with D&D Kids author Uri Kurlianchik on this blog to find out more about what hap­pened when his arti­cles got removed from the home­page of WotC. In the mean­time I tried to get some answers from “Kynn”. There is no proof that Kynn took part in the actions that led to the removal (except for writ­ing a neg­a­tive arti­cle about Uri’s “Girls at the table”), but fre­quently seems to be the cause of insults against Uri. My efforts were not suc­cess­ful. I didn’t get any answer, not even Kynn’s gen­der. My wishes for the inter­view got genetic to snotty answers and I was blamed of ask­ing par­tial ques­tions. I surely did ask some­what brisky, but I think, I was not par­tial. If some of you like to check them­selves (espe­cially native speak­ers or bet­ter Eng­lish speak­ers than I am), you can take a look at my ques­tions. I’ll add them at the end of this article.

I found many state­ments about Kynn, mostly not ver­i­fi­able. But all agree in blam­ing Kynn to be some kind of sex­ism and racism troll, who heav­ily insults any­body of whom he thinks he’s a sex­ist or racist. And you fall eas­ily into those cat­e­gories, because he inter­prets state­ments as worst as pos­si­ble regard­ing this mat­ter. I was not able to find any descrip­tion that judges Kynn dif­fer­ently. If you sum this up, it leads to cer­tain con­clu­sions, but from my point of view all of this is notre­ally verifiable.

I also received a mail from WotC that is roughly as fruit­fully as Kynn’s, but at least very clear:

Hello,

Thank you for con­tact­ing us. Unfor­tu­nately, we are not able to accom­mo­date your request at this time.

Best,

Wiz­ards of the Coast PR Team

I guess they’ll not be able to accom­mo­date my request at any other point in time. Seems like there is no will to clar­ify this mat­ter from their side, too. That’s sad, but I’m not in the posi­tion to change it, unless we’ll have enough read­ers to be a sig­nif­i­cant voice in the rpg scene (so spread the word!).

What remains is a storm of out­cries on the Inter­net, to which WotC deferred. Whether they did this too light­heart­edly or not remains a mys­tery. But those out­cries have been to harsh in my opin­ion, though I was irri­tated I read Uris state­ments the first time, too. But it was by far not enough to write to WotC. I fol­low Uris state­ments on G+ and it’s obvi­ous that he is of the pro­vok­ing kind and seems to do this inten­tion­ally — I guess, he def­i­nitely is. You can’t blame authors for this. And I can’t blame him of sex­ism or racism either. When read­ing the out­cries and Uri’s state­ments at that time, I was sur­prised and did react even to harshly with my arti­cle. Many things are rel­a­tivized once you look at them more closely and con­sider the cir­cum­stances. I def­i­nitely think the removal of Uri’s arti­cles from the WotC home­page was an over­re­ac­tion as well as reproach­ing Uri in this way.

And as a final note, Uri found an arti­cle that sur­vived the “cleans­ing” of the WotC pages.

The ques­tions I sent to Kynn:

Hello Kynn,

I am still try­ing to get some kind of response from WotC, but they didn’t send me any so far. I am aware of the fact that you are not work­ing for WotC or any­thing, but I’ll include that in my ques­tions below, just to make it clear to our read­ers. I also have to ask, though it feels awk­ward, whether you are female. No offense meant, I just have to be sure for writ­ing the arti­cles and I didn’t find a clear hint on your blog.

I will pub­lish the inter­view unedited on our Ger­man blog (www.herzliches-rollenspiel.de) soon and after­wards also on our Eng­lish blog (www.herzliches-rollenspiel.de/teutonicblogging).

- Please give our read­ers a sum­mary of who you are and what your live­jour­nal is about.

- Are you affil­i­ated with Wiz­ards of the Coast or have taken part in the deci­sion process of remov­ing the arti­cle “Girls at the Table” or the whole “D&D Kids” arti­cle series?

- Did you have direct con­tact with Uri since the pub­lish­ing of his arti­cle until now?

- Can you describe how you see your role in the removal of the arti­cle or whether you had one at all?

- Uri stated in his inter­view (http://www.herzliches-rollenspiel.de/blog/?p=2856) that you have “attacked” him sev­eral times. Did you write arti­cles on your blog or other com­mu­ni­ties on the Inter­net about Uri or his arti­cles prior to the one con­cern­ing “Girls at the Table”? If so, what was the topic of your writings?

- Did you mean to attack Uri or his arti­cles with what you wrote? What was your inten­tion when pub­lish­ing them?

- The removal of the arti­cles and the series from the WotC home­page was accom­pa­nied by a “shit­storm”. As I under­stand it your arti­cle was part of it or its cause, intended or not. Did you take part in the “shit­storm” any fur­ther or wrote mails to WotC crit­i­ciz­ing Uri or his articles?

- What is your opin­ion about the removal of the arti­cle and the whole series from the WotC homepage?

- Have you received or per­ceived reac­tions from the Inter­net com­mu­nity regard­ing your role in the arti­cles’ removal?

- Wiz­ards only gave a brief state­ment on twit­ter: “We’ve removed the arti­cle. The opin­ions of the author don’t reflect the views of Wiz­ards of the Coast.” Do you know more about what finally led to the deci­sion of remov­ing the articles?

- Are you going to write arti­cles in a sim­i­lar tone again? Have those events had a last­ing effect on your writ­ing style or pub­lish­ing policy?

- How do you feel about the events in ret­ro­spec­tive, now that some month have passed?

- Is there any­thing else you’d like to tell our audience?

Thanks for your time and answers.

Regards,

Jan

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Jan is a passionate gm. His current favorites are D&D 4 and D&D3/Pathfinder. He muses about gamestyles, adventure design and rpg theory. He is always on the hunt for ideas and advice to get better at gaming. His German blog is "De Malspoeler" ("the insane gamer" or "the insanity pretender"), where he is haunted by a gull that is interfering with his writings. In real life he is a computer scientist from south-western Germany and likes playing volleyball.
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2 Responses to The Internet Judges D&D Kids — Wrap-Up

  1. Lugh says:

    FWIW, deter­min­ing Kynn’s gen­der is no mean feat. He/she is in the process of a sex change (I’m not sure what stage), and works very delib­er­ately to chal­lenge con­cep­tions that gen­der is strictly either/or. I *think* she iden­ti­fies pri­mar­ily as female.

    She works very delib­er­ately to chal­lenge lots of things. She loves to either pro­mote dis­cus­sion or stir up trou­ble, depend­ing on what you think of her.

    I do think it’s a shame that she wouldn’t answer your ques­tions. I would have been inter­ested to see her response, after this much time has passed. For the record, I think she meant “par­tial” as in biased or laced with an agenda, rather than incom­plete. That is, my guess would be that she thought you wanted to paint her as a vil­lain in what happened.

  2. Jan says:

    Yep, (s)he meant that. The word “par­tial” is from me. I’m not sure any­more how the worded it, but (s)he meant exactly what you are say­ing. And I’m not sure how she came to that con­clu­sion, at least until any­body who should know it tells me that the ques­tions listed above sound like that. I did not com­mu­ni­cate with her/him much more than that mail prior to being con­fronted with the charge of fol­low­ing an agenda.

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