So, I have been dragging my feet on writing a big 2-part battle report from a 2-day tournament last weekend, which (spoiler) I lost (or rather, placed 2nd) because in the very last order of the very last game, I got greedy, and let my opponent beat me in Frontline while I was up 100 army points. RIP hubris.
But something else came up this week that has forced me to reprioritize how much, or whether at all, I will continue playing Infinity and therefore blogging.
Yet another shitfight happened on the forum because the puritans are butthurt over the Tech-Bee and want everyone else to be butthurt, too.
This will oppress women everywhere.
Anyway, so I mocked the puritans in the rant thread that separated from the monthly release thread, as one does. The thread is here, if you care to read what I had to say.
One of the people who responded is a tournament organizer and major, long-time player in the area. Today I received this message from him:
Now, he’s technically only banning me from his events, but he has huge social pull in these game stores. So, this means that I will be persona non grata in most places to play Infinity in the good ol’ Social Justice capital of Seattle.
I won’t apologize to anyone for my beliefs, I won’t bend the knee to this stupid secular cult. But I am not sure I now have any good reason to hold onto my Infinity stuff. This might change come spring or fall quarter when I transfer to whatever university I transfer to, if I end up out of the Seattle area or out of Washington state. But for now, being more or less forced to quit Infinity would actually be good on my wallet. Of course, it would also mean that this blog will retire, or be passed to another reader to author it.
I’m pretty hot-necked at the moment, so I am going to give it a week before I go craigslisting my models. Not sure for now what I’m going to do, but there’s the heads-up to my readers.
Regarding the WarCor in question and WarCor/TOing in general: report away. But do not report him to CB to get him banned from WarCor/TO duties. I have no interest in playing the game that Social Justice Warriors play. It may look unreal, given our correspondence linked above, but he is a nice enough dude in real life, and while I am angry at his feminist anathema on me, I have seen him be great at promoting Infinity in his area.
But the politicking needs to go. The WarCor page says that WarCors are there to promote Corvus Belli and their game, “an extension of ourselves”, acting representatives to players and new players. For that reason alone, a player who thinks that Infinity encourages bigotry, should immediately feel personally disqualified, on the grounds that they could not be an extension of Corvus Belli’s bigotry.
So rather than ban that WarCor, an addendum or bylaw needs to be added, clearly defined before anyone signing onto the WarCor or ITS Tournament Organizer program, to explicitly prohibit that kind behavior in the future. A demand should be made from some kind of addendum or bylaw looking like this:
Representatives of Corvus Belli agree to not discriminate against players on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, beliefs, or political affiliation, nor prohibit players from attending Infinity events on such bases.
Representatives of Corvus Belli agree to take no action which is intended, or would reasonably be expected, to harm Corvus Belli or our reputation, or which would reasonably be expected to lead to unwanted or unfavorable publicity to Corvus Belli, such as describing Corvus Belli or our products as “sexist”, “misogynist”, “bigoted”, or other descriptions of negative or politically-charged nature.
That would clear up this crap immediately, and kill this precedent of any other Social Justice Warrior WarCors doing likewise in your community. You can write a complaint at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So no, I am not quitting Infinity and Tohaa. Call it a “soft quit”. It’s still gonna be weird to play in most nearby stores, but I do have a few friends who still want to hang out and play Infinity. I did reach out to other Infinity locals after the forum spat, but the responses I received were underwhelming: a lot of “well let’s wait and see.” Not “damn dude, sorry you got banned, let’s connect soon,” but “wait and see.” Ugh.
Because taxes are about to skyrocket in Washington state, and because I’ve never really gotten along with the political or religious status quo of Washington state, being banned from a hobby I’ve dumped at least $600 in is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I plan to move out of Washington state―or at least, out of western Washington―to transfer to another state university that isn’t so saturated in left-wing progressivism, socialism, feminism, groupthink, islamophilia, anti-west and anti-American activism, and so many other antiliberal ideas which US universities are captivated by.
Without going too much into my personal life, my entire experience in Washington state has been either as a pariah because I left religion, or a pariah because I reject far-left politics. I’ve spent my entire life in Washington, there’s very little left for me here, so enough’s enough. Presuming a wargaming scene nearby whatever campus I end up in, I’ll resume the hobby full-bore in autumn.
In the meantime, I do have a few more articles in the draft, Vaarso Battlespeak fanfic language to publish, and some other surprises. Hope everyone else is having a fun and politically neutral time with their hobbies. 🙂