This weekend was a big disappointment all the way around. My uncle went into the hospital, I had to cancel my D&D game, and I haven't been able to do anything online at all. My apologies for not being able to continue my normal posting routine and not responding to you guys that have been commenting while I've been away - especially to +Adam Dickstein who was asking for help on Thursday with the D&D Basic link as I didn't get his message until this morning.
Anyway, if you haven't seen the bullshit controversy surrounding +Zak Smith this weekend then you haven't missed much but I'll go ahead and catch you up. Apparently a rather vocal group has decided to start falsely claiming that he was homophobic and transphobic. This group is now actively campaigning to have him removed from the contributors list of Dungeon and Dragons and are loudly proclaiming "I will never buy anything he was involved in."
Since I first saw these accusations this evening I've been reading through countless Google+ feeds, slipping into Twitter, reading dozens of linked posts, and a half dozen forums trying to find one substantiated comment where Zak was being homophobic or transphobic. I haven't been able to find one. Oh I have found lots of posts where people project their own sexual issues on Zak and his players while pretending to hold the moral high ground. I've found countless instances where actions were ascribed to Zak without any proof (with the accuser always saying, "Everyone knows this," and refusing to offer substantiation for their claims like that's ever been a valid argument). And I've been linked to a bizarr amount of articles that provided lots of evidence that Zak can say mean things, but not one instance of him being homophobic or transphobic.
I'm going to go ahead and tell you how this controversy ends and save everybody some time. Zak will not be removed from the Consultants section of the new edition because none of the accusations will amount to more than "He hurt my feelings, made me mad, and I'm still grinding my axe against him as a result." None of the comments against Zak will result in him changing his behavior.
Because if it did he wouldn't be Zak. Look, he's spent years waging wars of words across the internet in a niche hobby where his name has steadily risen in popularity and notoriety both to his acerbic style of arguing and his phenomenal creativity. He's rubbed countless people wrong because when he's right he fights tooth and nail. I like the hell out of him because of that attitude.