Finally! Something I’m not too behind the curve on!
Apparently a McCain aide, Michael Goldfarb, made a disparaging remark about us Pro-Obama D&D players on McCain’s blog. (IMO most D&D players are Libertarians, but that’s just anecdotal.) Here’s the comment:
It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others. John McCain has often said he witnessed a thousand acts of bravery while he was imprisoned, and though not every one has been submitted into the public record, they are remembered by the men who were there (one such only recently reported by Karl Rove though it escaped mention in any of Senator McCain’s books). But as Swindle said, this is a “desperate group of people trying to make something out of nothing.”
The context for the comment can be found at CNN’s politics website.
This news is all over the net right now and, true to form, the D&D community’s comments are hilarious.
Wired invites people to speculate about what kind of character John McCain would be in an article entitled, “John McCain Campaign Takes a +3 Vorpal Blade to Dungeons & Dragons Players.” The submissions are very funny.
Apparently Goldfarb insulted the D&D community with a similar comment in a “pre-emptive” apology a few weeks ago:
“This campaign is committed to increasing the strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence, wisdom, and charisma scores of every American.”
According to Valleywag (which has a DMG with a pic of McCain on the cover), it’s because he “probably once he realized how many Republican-leaning Libertarians have a velvet bag of polyhedral dice tucked away somewhere safe.”
Some hysterical comments are posted on Ace of Spades HQ about the first comment. Someone wanted a “+5 cloak of ethnicity,” for instance. Someone else wrote: “In order to cast the World Racial Healing spell you need to be a 6525th level Cleric.”
Many of the comments point out that the attacks on the D&D community make McCain look old, since the “in” game now days is WoW online.