25 may 2022 | gun violence

I don’t know what to say today. What’s left that hasn’t already been said over and over and over again, ad infinitum, ad nauseum, since at least April 20, 1999. We’ve put up with this for over 23 years, and every time there’s some idiot with a punchable face whining that it’s too soon to talk about it, to do something about it, to “politicize” the issue.

Last year I was working on a gun supplement for DoubleZero Classic. A full catalog of common, historical, and noteworthy firearms. At the same time, I was seeing news and conversations about mass shootings, police shootings, January 6th, white supremacists, nationalism, imperialism, and colonialism. It made me question my involvement in perpetuating a certain harmful mindset.

That was when I made the decision to not only stop development on that book but to pivot the development of the DoubleZero system. It was about more than just eliminating tables. I needed to shift the focus away from violence toward investigation and social interaction. Not all fiction is about fight scenes and murder. Roleplaying has more to explore than that, too.

The hotrod in my garage, what I tinker with when I have free time, is a roleplaying system that doesn’t even have a combat system. I want to build worlds that I’d like to live in, instead of reflections of this one.

I hope you’re doing well today.