Day 8 – Favorite Appearance of RPGs in the Media
China Mieville makes a sharp jab at D&D adventurers in Perdido Street Station that I rather enjoyed, portraying D&D adventurers from another lens:
There were three of them. They were immediately and absolutely recognizable as adventurers; rogues who wandered the Ragamoll and the Cymek and Fellid and probably the whole of Bas-Lag. They were hardy and dangerous, lawless, stripped of allegiance or morality, living off their wits, stealing and killing, hiring themselves out to whoever and whatever came. They were inspired by dubious virtues.
A few performed useful services: research, cartography and the like. Most were nothing but tomb raiders. They were scum who died violent deaths, hanging on to a certain cachet among the impressionable through their undeniable bravery and their occasionally impressive exploits.
That and I still have a soft spot for Colbert’s acknowledgement of the hobby, though his lead-in to make the joke (D&D online) jumped the “tabletop is dead” gun. And getting Gygax on Futurama was genius.