Postmortem Studios’ James “Grim Jim” Desborough recently encountered some activists who attempted to get the game Privilege Check removed from the Drive Thru RPG strorefront. Why? Because some SJW designer was attempting to use racism and identity politics to promote their game. When Grim Jim called them out about the issue, they decided to retaliate by trying to get his game removed from the storefront.
It started with a tweet on March 15th, 2019 when Jim called out the makers of Swordsfall for grifting.
Yep, either a grifter or led astray by the Zweihander dude. pic.twitter.com/pQIc2C9dvq
— Saint Crow of Rheims (@Grimasaur) March 15, 2019
On March 16th, 2019 Jim uploaded a video about how at the time the storefront had temporarily removed his game while they investigated the claims made against him and his game for being racist and sexist.
Jim also shared the e-mail exchanges between him and the storefront where they notified him that after the SJWs contacted the store they had to temporarily pull his game while they investigated the claims, writing on March 15th, 2019…
“The complaint was to the effect that this product is offensive and unduly makes fun of religions, races, sexes, genders and other groups. An initial review of your product has shown that this is a legitimate question for consideration. Our standard process is to make such titles private for the duration while an internal review takes place. Once a final decision is made you will be informed. If you have any information or arguments you would like to put forward for our consideration please feel free to let me know so that I can forward them to the internal review team. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.”
In a follow-up e-mail the store owner notes that the complainant claimed that the purpose of the game was to insult women and minorities.
Grim Jim replied by noting that the cards in the quirky card game, which is a politically incorrect game about checking one’s privilege, were drawn from friends and people he knew.
After more deliberation, the store manager finally responded noting that the game was restored back to the store and there were no problems, writing…
“After consideration and review it is the decision that your product does not violate our standards and practices. Please feel free to make your game public again. If you would prefer for me to make it public please let me know. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.”
While the game was restored, it’s still a reminder that criticizing certain people can lead to retaliation.
Grim Jim managed to keep his game intact and it’s still available over on the DriveThruRPG.com store page for $4.99.
Jim summed up the experience via e-mail, writing…
“I called out the creator of Swordsfall for their embarrassing grift, trying to sell themselves to Polygon and even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to shill their game because minorities. Then we had malicious reports, and [the game] was taken down – and now restored.”
The store owners sided with Jim, but it all very well could have turned out a lot uglier, as has been the case in many past events where someone is wrongly labeled as a sexist, racist, transphobic, or misogynist. However, the facts prevailed this time around and Privilege Check didn’t have to check its privilege at the exit.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaugast)