I’ve run into a few conversational speedbumps lately, nothing adversarial, which nevertheless put me in an adversarial frame of mind. That’s due to history: having been mis-characterized as a “rules as written” advocate, for example; having taken the high road regarding such terms as “old school” as if it were a thing, and seeing my work held up as oppositional to things I’ve advocated for; and having taken a similar high road regarding long-standing nonsense terms like “diceless” and “free-form.”
So at least here in this space and place, I’m laying down how I look at it, and if you look at it differently, you’re going to have to make a lot of sense about what you mean – or at least consider that your usage is entirely personal and non-transitive – before I take you seriously. The video below conveys, I think, my frame of mind along with the stated content.
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