I Call BS

It’s gatekeeping elitist narrow-minded BS of the worst sort to cowardly hint that a drive for diversity has caused the Industry Insider program to mysteriously lower its standards and result in a slate of lesser-known designers. And yet, many people are doing so, and some leaders in the industry are winking and elbow-nudging rather than taking a stand and calling BS.
So for the record, claiming diversity was only achieved by lowering standards in the program IS BULLSHIT. Of the highest order.
I was an Industry Insider once, with more than a decade of experience under my belt. Most of the other *PANELISTS* had no fucking clue who I was.
Next time someone makes that claim, I want to grill them about who the people who were in the program over the past decade were, and see how many of them are known, as compared to multiple salaried developers and managers for one of the most popular RPGs in the world, who are on it this year.
The Industry Insider program have ALWAYS had people with a range of experiences and time-in-grade, and it has no lack of people with major credentials in professional gaming.
Claiming otherwise is a sign of the huge fucking problem with recognition in this industry.

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About okcstephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the publisher and lead genius of Rogue 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.

Posted on May 13, 2016, in Business of Games, Con Season and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Of course it’s BS. I wouldn’t call it “elitist”, though. The cretins who trot this piffle out any time their worldview is challenged are anything but elite.

  2. Reblogged this on Women game, too!.

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