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I worked with Robert Vance to recast the Lunar Exalted as living challenges to the civilization/barbarism dichotomy, instead of pulp savage caricatures from imperialist nightmares. It heartens me to see a game with Exalted’s reach invert colonialist tropes. escapistmagazine.com/v2/2019/0

‪I was one minute ago years old when I got the pun in Tifa & Aeris's names in FFVII. I need all my self-control not to leap out of my seat on this crowded bus & shout "OMG I FINALLY UNDERSTAND" & then have to explain Kabbalah & JRPGs to everyone on the bus & then also the police‬

Longcon concept: Three different RPGs set in the same developing game world. Thousand Arrows ➡ Kagematsu ➡ the Mountain Witch comes to mind. So does Monsterhearts ➡ Urban Shadows ➡ The Sprawl: Touched. Like a triptych. Triptychon. (Trypticon?)

Hey TL, what are your favorite sources on Pacific Islands mythology from Pacific authors and scholars?

Ever wonder what kind of racism Asians face from day to day in the gaming community? I interviewed game writer Clio Yun-su Davis about a racist incident that went down at a convention last weekend. jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2019

look, I know the "em" in "em dash" doesn't stand for "emily dickinson" but can we start telling children it does anyway

This is an article on how to play a role-playing game as a character from another ethnicity or culture. Don't make me regret it.
jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2019

I'm writing an article on how to play a RPG character of a different race, culture, or nationality than your own! Got thoughts on how to do so? DM them to me! I suppose you can also respond or retweet them but, uh, maybe let's not have another argument on the Internet today.

I'm on a podcast! Damn, I haven't talked Afro-Atlantic religion in a while. I feel rusty. Scion Òrìṣà and Loa players especially should hunt down this book at the library. podbean.com/media/share/pb-pj5

Thus sanitized, they *seem* harmless—so they thrive unquestioned in polite society, like diseases without obvious symptoms, stoking unconscious bias. Point 'em out and *you're* the real racist. It's how we get Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's "racism without racists."

You know money-laundering? We'll look at hate-laundering: a process where harmful expressions, repeated over and over, estrange themselves from their original associations, until they're ambiguous enough that polite society repeats them, perpetuating hate without realizing it.

The fundamental question of Part 2 of the racist orcticle will be: If you bite on tropes racists invented for the purpose of racism, and you didn't know they were racist and/or didn't intend them in a racist way, are they suddenly not racist now?

me: I love your outfit

Rob Liefeld: thanks, it has 452793690863245098 pockets

The Black Hebrew Israelites harangue New Yorkers all the time, yet somehow most of us manage not to harass any Native American elders on account of it.

When I started this piece about racist tropes in Tolkien's orcs, I knew orcs were a racist stereotype. I didn't realize orcs were a stereotype OF ASIANS SPECIFICALLY.
jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2019 Orcs, Britons, and the Martial Race Myth, Part I: A Species Built for Racial Terror

The only person this border wall will keep out is Mega Man

do you ever listen to a song and wonder what you will be doing in exactly fifteen years when the ironic meme based on it appears youtu.be/xhfnTs0RZLs

You have one hour left to back —or to increase your pledge to get the Spoils of War and/or the cloth map of Japan! We're within one thousand dollars of the final stretch goal, the cyberpunk "Street Samurai versus Code Ninja!" kickstarter.com/projects/galil

Crossover! 1 day left on both and @briecs's Turn, a RPG of small-town animal shapeshifters. Back both—even for a dollar—and I'll send you the Faerie Lands allegiance for Thousand Arrows and a Hengeyōkai playbook for Turn! Learn more here: kickstarter.com/projects/galil

New followers incoming, so here's a link to today's AMA, the Kickstarter, all the interviews I've done recently, some past interviews, and my upcoming panels at PAX Unplugged. jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2018 48 hours left on !

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