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Violence Against Stick Figures!

News at 11.

Or, in the local metropolitan paper, in this case the Minneapolis-St. Paul-area Pioneer Press.

Back in February I posted about John’s interest in the politics of his hometown of Maplewood, Minnesota. I’ve worked for, with, and around John Nephew for what amounts to my entire career in gaming, going all the way back to our days at Lion Rampant and the founding of Atlas Games. When James Wallis was shopping around his Once Upon a Time game and looking for a publisher who would both “get it” and treat him fairly, I took him by the hand and said, “There’s someone you have to meet.” The news article lists Once Upon a Time as Atlas Games’ best seller almost fifteen years later, so I guess that worked out okay.

John is running for city council in Maplewood and someone has decided that the “truth” about John must come out (you game-playing readers surely see where this is going): he publishes “violent” games like Let’s Kill (a card game for adults 18 and over where stick figures are killing each other with outlandish “weapons” like sporks and weed whackers) and “corrupt” games like Corruption.

Violence against stick figures?! Oh, what about the children? Who will think of the children?!

John’s political opponents managed to fire up a Maplewood resident and touchy-feely school teacher (“author of ‘The Kindness Curriculum’”) who, predictably was “absolutely appalled” and worries “about the effect this game will have on people’s minds” because it’s “pure violence” and “horrific” and “absolutely creepy” and “offensive”. The Pioneer Press article notes a flier blasting Nephew for marketing violent and dark games and purporting to be from Maplewood Voters Coalition was distributed to some homes. The group has denied responsibility and requested a police investigation. Police confirm a probe is under way. John was actually endorsed by the Maplewood Voters Coalition back in August.

I enjoy the image of John striking fear in his opposition through his well-reasoned and factual campaign to the point that they resort to tactics like this. Naked political distraction.

I spent 20 formative years in Minnesota and watching this Maplewood City Council fight play out is a little slice of home for me. Maplewood is finding out what John’s colleagues in the game industry have known for quite some time: John’s one sharp cookie and if you want to take him on you’d better be sharper and better prepared, which is easier said than done. I have every confidence he’s going to win this election despite these shenanigans.

35 comments to Violence Against Stick Figures!

  • I wish I had more confidence in the intelligence of the average voter, though. Sadly, I think Naked Political Distractions get done…. because they work.

    After 2004, I don’t even have faith in the presence of obvious facts or common sense.

    In the “reality-based community”, I’m sure that John will do fine, and that this “scandal” isn’t worth noticing. The question for me (since I’m unfamiliar with the area) is how many of the Maplewood voters are part of that community, and how many are “gut” or “values” voters….a number which always seems depressing larger than anyone credits.

    • In the primary, John got 2,222 votes. The next-highest result was for incumbent Rebecca Cave who didn’t even break 1000. John’s been endorsed by the rational incumbent (Rossbach) and they’ve been doing a lot of joint campaigning.

  • I wish I had more confidence in the intelligence of the average voter, though. Sadly, I think Naked Political Distractions get done…. because they work.

    After 2004, I don’t even have faith in the presence of obvious facts or common sense.

    In the “reality-based community”, I’m sure that John will do fine, and that this “scandal” isn’t worth noticing. The question for me (since I’m unfamiliar with the area) is how many of the Maplewood voters are part of that community, and how many are “gut” or “values” voters….a number which always seems depressing larger than anyone credits.

    • In the primary, John got 2,222 votes. The next-highest result was for incumbent Rebecca Cave who didn’t even break 1000. John’s been endorsed by the rational incumbent (Rossbach) and they’ve been doing a lot of joint campaigning.

    • In the primary, John got 2,222 votes. The next-highest result was for incumbent Rebecca Cave who didn’t even break 1000. John’s been endorsed by the rational incumbent (Rossbach) and they’ve been doing a lot of joint campaigning.

  • I wish I had more confidence in the intelligence of the average voter, though. Sadly, I think Naked Political Distractions get done…. because they work.

    After 2004, I don’t even have faith in the presence of obvious facts or common sense.

    In the “reality-based community”, I’m sure that John will do fine, and that this “scandal” isn’t worth noticing. The question for me (since I’m unfamiliar with the area) is how many of the Maplewood voters are part of that community, and how many are “gut” or “values” voters….a number which always seems depressing larger than anyone credits.

  • I wish I had more confidence in the intelligence of the average voter, though. Sadly, I think Naked Political Distractions get done…. because they work.

    After 2004, I don’t even have faith in the presence of obvious facts or common sense.

    In the “reality-based community”, I’m sure that John will do fine, and that this “scandal” isn’t worth noticing. The question for me (since I’m unfamiliar with the area) is how many of the Maplewood voters are part of that community, and how many are “gut” or “values” voters….a number which always seems depressing larger than anyone credits.

  • I wish I had more confidence in the intelligence of the average voter, though. Sadly, I think Naked Political Distractions get done…. because they work.

    After 2004, I don’t even have faith in the presence of obvious facts or common sense.

    In the “reality-based community”, I’m sure that John will do fine, and that this “scandal” isn’t worth noticing. The question for me (since I’m unfamiliar with the area) is how many of the Maplewood voters are part of that community, and how many are “gut” or “values” voters….a number which always seems depressing larger than anyone credits.

  • “Naked political distraction” pretty well sums it up. Kudos to John for his rational response.

    JD

  • “Naked political distraction” pretty well sums it up. Kudos to John for his rational response.

    JD

  • “Naked political distraction” pretty well sums it up. Kudos to John for his rational response.

    JD

  • “Naked political distraction” pretty well sums it up. Kudos to John for his rational response.

    JD

  • “Naked political distraction” pretty well sums it up. Kudos to John for his rational response.

    JD

  • In the primary, John got 2,222 votes. The next-highest result was for incumbent Rebecca Cave who didn’t even break 1000. John’s been endorsed by the rational incumbent (Rossbach) and they’ve been doing a lot of joint campaigning.

  • That’s good news. Hooray for rational voters!

  • Good Lord. They bent out of shape because of “Let’s Kill”?

    I wonder what they’d think it they read something like “Unknown Amries”…

  • Good Lord. They bent out of shape because of “Let’s Kill”?

    I wonder what they’d think it they read something like “Unknown Amries”…

  • Good Lord. They bent out of shape because of “Let’s Kill”?

    I wonder what they’d think it they read something like “Unknown Amries”…

  • Good Lord. They bent out of shape because of “Let’s Kill”?

    I wonder what they’d think it they read something like “Unknown Amries”…

  • Good Lord. They bent out of shape because of “Let’s Kill”?

    I wonder what they’d think it they read something like “Unknown Amries”…

  • Sadly, I’m sure that’s not far behind…