Reblogged from winneganfake
THIS IS A THING I MADE
ps there is a ladies one too
HELL FUCKING NO.
Sorry, but honestly, the kind of player that I’d see buy and wear this is the kind I’d prefer to punch directly in the face. Because, dude. Self-aggrandized asshole much? But also because of how they treat LARPs.
No one character should be able to say this about themselves, unless EVERY player in that game can say it about themselves. You WORK TOGETHER with the rest of the goddamned players, not do your damndest to outshine them and be your very own special ass-snowflake. LARPing is a goddamned group effort. Even if it’s just an in-character cardboard-and-nerf three hour game for the fuck of it. You bring your best goddamned game to the fucking table/space. You help others to bring THEIR best game to the table in the same sense, should they need/want your help. Your big deal in the game should be enjoying the fucking game and helping others to enjoy it as well, not trying to be biggest asshole on campus. Everyone comes to the space. Everyone’s there to enjoy the game. NOBODY’S there to see you polish your ego and try to be Top Dick. NOBODY. And if you’re the type to play that way, well, you’ve earned the jaw-bruisings that I and no doubt others would gladly give you. Now quit polishing your ass and GET THE FUCK BACK IN THE GAME.
I, er… hm.
I feel like perhaps you’re missing the humour here - that anyone who WOULD genuinely think this, would never actually wear a t-shirt like this.
Because those people think that they’re kind of a big deal everywhere… even when they’re someone putting together boxtops in a game they play on weekends.
And because in that game, there are people who will threaten them with physical violence if their ego gets too big. Er, apparently.
It’s meant to be a satire, mate. Might be worth taking a deep breath and considering the possible context before getting riled up. :)
OK, let’s cover a few basic points here, since I don’t think you’re a regular reader.
1) As far as ‘getting riled up’ goes, look back through my posts where I’m contributing anything more than a sentence of text. INTENSE LANGUAGE is pretty much the default setting here. Am I pissed off? No. Am I passionate about what I’m saying? YES. Appreciate the difference. Let it soak in and saturate you. There is a difference between me saying I’d like to punch someone on the jaw and me saying I’m actually going to punch someone on the jaw. Or in me actually punching someone on the jaw. While I’ve delivered verbal bitchslaps in real life, I tend to not go for the actual punching except in self defense, and then it’s more about wrist-locks and immobilization.
2) Read the blog. Follow the links to the stuff I do (like that one right there). Realize I may be more than a little familiar with the concepts of humor and satire in print art form. If I’m commenting from a stance that doesn’t fully recognize the OP as humor, it may just be because, go figure, I’m seeing a side to this that doesn’t fall under the humor bracket. Honestly, I can name multiple people in games I play and games I’ve seen that have this kind of attitude. And playing with them can sometimes suck. That’s what I’m addressing. Not the OP’s artistic skill or sense of humor. The play style that goes with this shirt (when it’s no being worn ironically), in my opinion, shouldn’t get encouraged. And honestly, what player would wear this shirt ironically in the first place? (We’ll get into my rant of hate for wearing shit ‘ironically’ later on).
3) I recommend not trying to get me to hush up over talking about artwork or talking about things related to said artwork. You’re kind of killing the point of artwork itself by doing so- art should make people talk, think, and express opinions, even if it is just a slogan on a t-shirt. On that I’d love to high-five selfmademarian for doing a good job with this. And I hope the shirt sells, because artists fucking deserve what sales we can get. Hopefully there’s places where this is a good running inside joke, or just irony, rather than an attitude that people actually have to deal with.
1) You weren’t riled up, you just… played riled up on the internet. Got it. That’s fair enough, my mistake - I didn’t look into your specific context before making that post. :)
3) I by no means want you to hush up. These are the interwebs, if I don’t want to hear something you have to say, it’s as easy as closing the window! My concern was more for the anger I perceived - incorrectly, as addressed above - towards the shirt concept. Rile away.
Now, the important point (as far as I’m concerned): number two. (hee hee)
I play with a lot of people whose egos have outgrown their merely mortal heads. You can almost smell them swaggering up behind you. Trust me, I fully understand why you might get upset about playing with these people… there are some games in our LARP/boffer sport that I remove myself from because of those people. And that’s why I am, even as I type, wearing an earlier incarnation of this shirt.
Because I am decided not one of those people, and I find those people hilarious in any context other than facing them on the field directly. They pour so much of their self-worth into this game - or any game - and then think it gives them the right to roll their inflated nutsacks onto the dinner table.
I have more than a few accomplishments I’m proud of under my belt, and I am, legitimately, pretty well known around my game, at least in this part of the continent. So is selfmademarian (how do you make the linky thing? This is all so new… hm). But unlike the people whose egos inspired this shirt, we don’t flaunt that, and we don’t think it makes us a big deal or any more important than Joe Newbie who is there swinging a stick on the field (something I don’t really do much any more, and so don’t contribute at all).
That’s why I like this shirt. Because it waves the attitude in the face of the people who believe it and make mockery of it, something few people in a game of Knighthoods and Paragonhood and Mastery and all that other junk… something few people are willing to do when someone wearing a white belt* or certain colours** comes up to them and says “It’s cool, kid. I’m a Duke.” ***
That’s also why I’m willing to defend the shirt… because I’m just as annoyed at those players as you are, and I think it’s worth fighting back both in my purchases and while wearing this to events and laughing about it with my friends. :)
*Our game’s symbol of Knighthood.
**Our game has fighting companies, which are often represented by distinct colours.
***A title granted for service in office, but never revoked if it gets to their head or they stop serving in office. Sadly. ;)