It’s time to clean house.
Last week games writer Katie Aidley (Katiesgamecorner.com) posted an article to her Web site about sexual harassment in the board games world. Some have reacted with the all-too-typical and infuriatingly sexist "where is the video footage/police report/detailed eyewitness accounts" trope. Some have remained indifferent, uncomfortable that their fun times are interrupted by a very serious issue. While others like myself have simply nodded sadly and thought "it's about god damned time somebody said something." Having seen and encountered the kinds of rampant sexual harassment that goes on at conventions and game groups and having heard stories like Katie's about the more behind the scenes hostility that exists in this hobby toward women, I wanted to take this moment to state ThereWillBe.Games position on not just sexual harassment but also racism, prejudice, and intolerance in the gaming community. Don't act like it doesn't exist, because it absolutely does even if it does not directly touch your life.
Rather than abdicate leadership on the subject and sweep this into backroom forums as other major gaming sites have done, effectively throwing the issue to the dogs, I wanted to come forward on our front page at this point to say that this site stands with Katie as well as anyone else who has suffered any kind of abuse or harassment at the hands of others in the hobby gaming sphere. It's time to drag the scumbags that are making this hobby hostile to women or any other non-white, non-male, non-straight group out into the light and run them the fuck off in no uncertain terms. Katie's article is a clarion call that it is time to clean house in what has traditionally been a very white, very male, very middle-class hobby where "representing women" still too often means...Red Scorpion.
ThereWillBe.Games is a safe zone for all genders, all sexual orientations, all nationalities, all races, all religions, and all socio-economic classes. This is common ground, and here all users can rest assured that they are welcome, accepted, and neither our staff nor our community will tolerate aggressive male behavior, hate, prejudice or abuse toward them. We have been running this site for over ten years and, rather shockingly, we have never had to deal with the kinds of harassment and abuse other gaming sites have dealt with. This will remain the status quo.
ThereWillBe.Games supports inclusion and equality one hundred percent. We believe everyone that plays and enjoys games deserves to feel represented and accepted. If at any point anyone feels that we are not meeting this goal or if someone in the community is not meeting our standards of inclusion and acceptance set forward here, please reach out directly to me or any of other staff members and we will correct the situation.
However, there are exceptions to the above policy. Nazis, Neo-Nazis, "Gamergate" types, sexists, homophobes, racists, and bigots of all descriptions are absolutely NOT welcome here and if that upsets you, you can walk right on out the door with them. There are plenty of other gaming sites where you motherfuckers are tolerated so don't play the victim card on us.