“Please Plan Accordingly”

Organizations, be they government agencies, businesses, or steering committees, have discovered they can wash their hands of any responsibility for causing inconvenience (and even for failing to provide basic services) by adding “Please plan accordingly” to any announcement.

“All bathrooms in the building are nonfunctional until further notice. Please plan accordingly.”

“All windows will close 2 hours early today, and no associates will be available until Monday. Please plan accordingly.”

“The northbound lanes will be blocked for repairs until January. Please plan accordingly.”

I get it. To some degree I even appreciate it – even as a coded message, it’s useful to know that a group is disavowing any need to fix (or even ameliorate) the problems they cause.

It just makes me want to add the phrase to things like prophecies and plot-drive prognostication, just to see how they change the tone.

“Winter is coming. Please plan accordingly.”

“You’re a wizard, Harry! Please plan accordingly.”

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Please plan accordingly.”

I have a Patreon!

My patrons are the reason I can make posts like this. Please plan accordingly. 😀


About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at https://www.patreon.com/OwenKCStephens

Posted on April 25, 2016, in Business of Games, Musings. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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