Natalie Solent

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Monday, October 08, 2012
I protest at misleading campaign material issued by the Republicans

Via Jim Miller on Politics I learn that the Maine Republicans have been stirring up prejudice against a Democratic candidate for the state senate, Colleen Lachowicz, because she is an orc.

The Repubs have made a website called Colleen's World in which they quote some of Ms Lachowicz's more vigorous statements made while playing or talking about World of Warcraft. The intro to the website says,

In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.

While whoever thought up this line of attack could justly be praised for seizing an opportunity, he or she could also justly have his or her head staved in by a +5 mace for scaremongering. There is a reason for the first word in the phrase "Fantasy roleplaying games." That when in or in or discussing the World of Warcraft game Ms Lachowicz a.k.a. Santiaga the Orc occasionally says things like "I can kill stuff without going to jail. There are some days when this is more necessary than others" tells you nothing about her character other than she has a neat turn of phrase.

I take this personally. I would not want anyone to malign my character for similar reasons. People often do malign my character, not so much because he finds a lot of job satisfaction in ripping up malefactors with a wall of bullets from his trusty Steyr AUG, that's par for the course in the Urban Arcana D20 Modern campaign setting, more because (a) he has no sense of humour whatsoever about being called "Harold Potter", and (b) he's a tax inspector.

Mr Potter positively relishes eviscerating some poor hardworking zombie minion and then slapping what's left of him with a £9,000 bill in back-taxes for violation of IR35.

You don't think Iwould behave in such a foul manner in real life, do you?

I've nothing against zombies, either.