Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Timeline of the Zak Wars

This is my attempt to put together a timeline of the case against Zak Smith/Sabbath. I tried to do so, where possible, using only verifiable links that are publicly available for anyone to access.

In situations where harassment is alleged, its very difficult to draw the line between giving exact information and opening people up to potential anonymous abuse. If I don’t give names and links for a lot of these things the whole thing becomes an exercise in redaction. If I name a lot of names then I could easily be accused of ‘directing harassment’ towards those parties.

I’ve tried to use only links that are still publicly available and to name individuals only when necessary to precisely describe what happened in an incident.

PLEASE. Do not contact any of the people in the links below in any kind of negative or harassing way. It would be better not to contact them at all. No-one in these circles is open to persuasion and nothing will be gained. Just read what they wrote.

it should be noted (as a quick google of my name will confirm) that I am financially (through Maze of the Blue Medusa) and socially connected to Zak, so you should read with that in mind.

My overview of the chronology is at the bottom.

(Also, apologies to anyone sane from outside the culture that has to read through this.)


February 2010 – The Canon Puncture Incident

The hosts of the Canon Puncture Podcast talk about Zaks game with his group. They say some things that Zak regards as condescending towards the girls in the group, Zak requests an apology and the hosts apologise. This gets spoken about on story-games.com and Zak comes in to describe the situation. You can read that thread here;



February 11th 2011 – The Hyung Tae Kim Incident

Anna Kreider makes an argument against the art of Hyung Tae Kim, you can read it in full here;


Zak disagrees and the two of them get into it. Zak calls her a prude. Later, on March 10th 2015, Kreider posts her own chronology of her interactions with Zak, you can find it below.


December 2011 – The Maxim Article

The US magazine Maxim carries an article about Zak and his group. You can read the article itself here;


An argument breaks out over representation. Much of this happens on G+ and has subsequently been deleted. You can read a transcript of that (by Zak) here;


This was the best evidence I could find of the origins of an important disagreement that, like everything in this chronology, piles on into the next thing. If anyone has any publicly available links describing or showing what happened then let me know.


February 29th 2012 – Zak Encounters Somethingawful

Zak says that the enmity between him and the Somethingawful forum dates from this contact. In his own words;

The backstory on this is an enmity with Something Awful beginning with me attempting to talk to them about their extreme statements here, years after noticing they took Mandy to task for having extension cords on her wish list”

Link to his post is here;



April 2012 – The Carcosa Thread on Story-Games.com

Zak starts a thread about the 2nd Edition of Geoffery McKinneys Carcosa book. An argument breaks out about Anna Krieder, you can read the thread here;


Zak is banned from story-games after this thread.


September 27th 2012 – The Math Skills Fight on Somethingawful

Zak argues with the posters on the somethingawful forum about dice notation. During this, he is accused of misogyny in regards to one of his players. You can read about that here;


This adds to the enmity between Zak and Somethingawful which he has said is the engine behind the Tom Hatfield Failforward article in July 2014.


August 2013 – The Numenera Succubus Incident

Game Writer Monte Cook  releases his game Numenera. This game includes rules for a Science Fiction Succubus. This causes a massive scandal and argument (google “Numenera Succubus”) especially on RPG.NET;


Links are all over this post by Zak;


The post also includes Shanna Germain, Cooks partner and co-creator talking about her reaction to the arguments made against her and the game.

This is also the point that Zak is banned from rpg.net, you can find that here; https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?698051-Infraction-for-Zak-S-17)-Permanent-Ban


December 16th 2013 – The James Desborough Rape Threat Accusation

About 10 months prior to this Ben Lehman publicly accused James Desborough, RPG writer, of being "Someone who threatens their critics with rape". Desborough has been involved in culture-war arguments with this faction for some time. Several people +1 this post.

John Stavropoulus an RPG writer not aligned with Desborough’s faction or opinions, checks up on these claims and finds no evidence to back them up.

Zak in his own words; “The short of Jon's research is this accusation turned out to be bullshit even though 80some people +1ed it and it got shared all over the RPG internet.

Now Jon didn't name names, because he "doesn't want a witchhunt". Which is respectable. But I'm not Jon and I do think the RPG community as a whole deserves an apology from every single one of these people for confusing and distorting a very real and very serious issue of real violence that actually affects peoples' lives.”

He names names. Some people retract their +1’s, others do not. I’m not going to provide a link to that post but it is still up.

Zaks naming of names on this issue is used as evidence of harassment from this point on, in particular as evidence of him having a ‘list of enemies’.


December 17th 2013 – Paul Ettin Recommends plussing the Rape Threat Post

In response to the above incident, Paul Ettin, RPG.NET moderator recommends +1’ing the accusation against Desborough of making rape threats;



July 3rd 2014 – D&D 5e Released

The new edition of D&D comes out and it is revealed that Zak and the RPGPundit are counted as consultants. This marks the beginning of Consultancygate.


July 4th 2014 – Paul Ettin Admits Trolling

This is from a chat log you can read here;


In lines 1174 10 1178 he admits that he does not think Desborough made rape threats but plussed the accusation anyway.


July 7th 2014 – My Defence of Zak

As the abuse of Zak intensifies I write this post about him in defence;

July 7th 2014 – The Pigfucker Post

A few hours after I post my defence of Zak, I wake up to find this article in which he lays out his own (by my standards, highly aggressive) policy on internet arguments, and also accuses someone of (metaphorically) fucking a pig;


July 9th 2014 – The “The Internet is Screaming” Post

Zak defends himself from accusations again;


The person quoted in this post subsequently retracts that statement.


July 2014 – The David Hill Death Threats

I think it’s about this time that David Hill, game designer, claims that he has received death threats, including the names of his children’s teachers and phone calls to his address. These claims go on to become a major part of the case against Zak.

The only publicly available link I could find in which David Hill repeats them is here in post 49 of this forum thread;




July 19th 2014 – The Scrap Princess Defence

Scrap Princess, who is trans and who is a co-creator with me of numerous projects, makes a public statement about the accusations here;


(Which is blissfully short.)


July 21st 2014 – Fred Hicks Weighs In


Fred Hicks of Evil Hat productions makes a public G+ post in which he seems to support the allegations and apologises for not doing so earlier;



July 26th  2014 – The ‘Outing’ Incident

This is where Mandy, Zaks girlfriend talks about some of the trolls attacking her and Zak and uses a variety of openly available aliases for someone who turned out to be trans. You can read the post here;


Going forward, this incident forms one of the core pieces of evidence against Zak in future arguments. If you read someone saying that he outs trans people as a form of retaliation or revenge it is probably referring to this incident.

Zak in his own words;

The person was not revealed to be trans until Wordmercenary/Tom Hatfield said she was. It was not public knowledge so how could Mandy or I have known?”


July 31st 2014 – The Failforward Article

This article is where the real bomb goes off. From this point on the situation massively intensifies. The article is shared by a very large range of people and is cited in nearly every major attack on Zak from this point on.


You can read the clearest and most detailed debunking here;

https://www.seebs.net/log/articles/791/consultancygate-an-overview
Archive; https://archive.is/pYOA8


July 31st 2014 – The First Dongion Accusation

This tumblr reblog of the failforward article is the earliest I have been able to find that links the Dongion blog to Zak. It also links the Dongion to the Outing Incident.

https://donotlink.it/Wp95




August 2014 – “Get at him” Screencap

In August of 2014, in response to the spread of the Failforward article, Zak posts this. It is used in many subsequent attacks on him as evidence of his harassment campaign;




From the image; “hit him up? Correct him? Eat him?”

Zak – “get on twitter. tweet at him, ask questions, give links.
I have a girlfriend in the hospital and 111 trolls to deal with please just either help or don’t but pls no silly nerd questions.”

Complete public text of the post (provided by Zak) here;


August 2014 – “Destroy” Screencap

A few days later, in response to another article, Zak says this;




I remember seeing this go up and thinking that it was the stupidest shit I’d ever seen him do. I should have said something right away at the time.

The Destroy screencap forms a major part of the evidence against Zak and is brought up in most subsequent attacks on him.

It should be noted that the link is aimed at a Metafilter thread and that you can go and look at this thread here, if you want to see if it was, in fact, destroyed:


Here (from Zak) is the full text of the post;



August 2014 – Zaks Response To The Claims So Far


In his own words; “it debunks, with evidence, every single claim made up until that point in every single venue”


Inexact Date but probably Jan 2015 – The Ettin Dongion Accusation

Ettin, the rpg.net mod, accuses Zak of running what he calls a harassment blog, the Dongion, which you can find on his tumblr;


A link to the blog is here;



January 1st 2015 – Mandys Chainmail Bikini Feminist Defence

Mandy makes a long post on her tumblr giving screencaps of various kinds of abuse she has received and talks in detail about the alleged outing of a trans person. You can read it here;



March 10th 2015 – Anna Krieder Posts Her History With Zak

Anna Krieder makes this post;


Which is a chronology of her interactions with Zak from her perspective, so now you have a chronology in your chronology. She locates the opening of hostilities to April 2012, not February 2011 as I have above in the Hyung Tae Kim Incident.

Zak responds to this article in this post from August 2016;



March 13th 2015 – The Sampat Mob Assault Accusation

Elizabeth Sampat accuses Zak of riling up a “mob to the point that I was assaulted in front of witnesses.”

In the link you can see one of the accused assaulters arguing with Sampat;


This is Karolyn Gehrig, disabled activist https://twitter.com/karolynprg

The other accused member of the mob was Charlotte Stokely. Adult film actress https://twitter.com/char_stokely


August 2015 – Red and Pleasant Land Wins At The Ennies

Zaks book Red and Pleasant Land wins multiple awards at the Ennies. Stacy Dellorfano of Contessa gives a speech to accept the award in his absence and a few people walk out in protest.


August 1st Zak documents the twitter response to his win here;


August 4th, Kiel Chenier talks about that incident and about the abuse he got for supporting Zak here;



October 20th 2015 – Zak Mocks David Hills Views on Star Wars

In this post, Zak persistently mocks and argues against David Hills views on the Star Wars frachise. This has been described (in the comments below) as "a blatant attack on David Hill, using screenshots of social media accounts that Hill has said he blocked Zak from."



August 26th 2016 – Zak Calls His Critics Psychotics

Also knuckle-draggers, edition-warriors and sociopaths. This is claimed to be an act of harassment by some (see the comments to this post). You can read it here;



July 26th 2016 – The Magpie Games Incident

Mark Diaz Truman, one of the heads of Magpie Games, a storygames publisher, writes an article about aspects of his gaming circles that trouble him. You can read it here;


He is accused of defending Zak and therefore aiding a harasser. All the usual people arrive to do all the usual things.

Peoples responses and attitudes to this article become another form of contention which is carried forwards into future arguments.


July 28th 2016 – The Invisible James Raggi Accusations

In this public thread by Mark Diaz Truman;


Someone accuses James Raggi, one of Zak’s publishers, of.. something? Then deletes the accusation. You can still see the replies to the ghost accusation but not the thing itself.



July 28th 2016 – Zak Talks About Mental Illness in the RPG Community

In this post Zak, without mentioning anyone specific, talks about how to talk to mentally ill people;


This has been described, (in the comments below) as "an accusation that his critics fabricate and distort facts due to being mentally ill. I would argue this is a clear attack, and in the context of the previous posts can be understood as continued harrasment "


February 17th 2017 - The We Eat Blood Incident

White Wolf announce that they have produced an interactive text game with Zak. Their announcement is here;


Outrage begins immediately. Numerous threads are started, the primary ones on RPG.NET (I was banned from one of these). The main charges against Zak are;

·        That he is a known harasser of transwomen, gays, minorities etc.
·        That he used a false name on Reddit, impersonating Shannon Applecline, the owner of RPG.NET.
·        That he named one of the characters in the game, Avery, after one of his enemies.


'Known Harasser'

See everything in the above thread as evidence used by various parties.

The SAppelcline Situation


I remembered seeing the SAppelcline identity on Reddit multiple times, very often after a thread was pointed out by Zak on G+.



If you can't see these well, they are from here; https://donotlink.it/QZ7E

I was bothered enough by this that I contacted Zak directly about it.

He gave me a response with enough detail to persuade me that it was likely true. But;

·        Even if true, it still indicates questionable behaviour. Zak knew the person using the identity, treated it as a joke and did nothing to prevent them.
·        It’s utterly unverifiable to any neutral observer.

The Avery Situation


Zaks argument is that;

·        This name was chosen with no particular reference to anyone real.
·        The only opponent of his it could be named after is Avery Alder, the creator of Monsterhearts and they had no significant contact until the Magpie Games Incident, July 2016. He says the script for the game was finished and locked before that point.
·        He regards the Avery character as a hero in the game, someone witty and funny and cool who saves your life, it would make no sense for him to name her after an enemy.
·        The Avery character is directly based on Zaks (trans) friend Bailey Jay, with her approval.


February 19th 2017 – Stacey Dellorfano Responds

Stacy Dellorfano, who runs the feminist Contessa event, responds to the accusations against Zak and describes the various different kinds of harassment and abuse she has received, sometimes from the same people who are opposed to Zak, whilst trying to make Contessa a thing;



February 21st 2017 – Sarah Horrocks Responds

The co-creator of the We Eat Blood game, Sarah Horrocks, is trans. You can read her tumblr response to the accusations here;


Which include, interestingly, an anonymous commenter, without irony, explaining to a trans woman what transphobia is and that she doesn’t really understand how it works.


February 22nd  2017 White Wolf’s Response

White Wolf responds to the accusations here;



May 13th 2017 - Still Eating Blood

White Wolf has released a bunch of information about its new edition. Kenneth Hite is confirmed as the lead designer. This kicks off another thread on RPG.NET;


If you've gone through all of this you will see the same accusations from the same people, everything basically unaltered. This thread got locked soon after I posted it here, with 290 posts on it.

Then, this thread https://donotlink.it/wvVq from back in February, got woken up. As of the time of writing this one has 1390 posts.



My Overview

My overview is that its fucked. But here's a breakdown of the chronology. It looks like we're looking at four major acts or periods in the history so far.


Act One. The Long Build Up/The Sex Wars

Feb 2010 to Dec 2013


This probably has roots in forum arguments in the past but it enters the public record in February 2010 in the Canon Puncture Incident and proceeds through to the Desborough Rape Threat Accusations of December 2013.

This period is characterised by the relatively long periods between each incident and the fact that opponents and arguments don't always carry over or fold into the next incident. Alienation and anger build up slowly, are sometimes diffused, but don't go away.

Most are triggered by arguments over sex and responses to Zaks gaming group (mainly women, mainly models).

·        Canon Puncture Incident - Zak defends his group from condescending comments.
·        Hyung Tae Kim Incident - Zak argues about the validity of sex in art.
·        The Maxim Article - Zak defends his group again, from accusations that their public profile is bad for gaming.
·        The Carcosa Thread - This starts off about sexual violence in the game in question.
·        The Math Skills Fight - Zak defends his player, is accused of misogyny.
·        The Numenera Succubus Incident - Again, triggered by the presence of sexual materials in the game.
·        The James Desborough Rape Threat Accusation - Desborough angers many of the same people with his arguments about the validity of rape in games, is then accused of making rape threats.


 The First Calm

Jan 2014 to July

(I should be clear that there are no periods of absolute calm or truce, G+ threads and twitter comments and forum threads run continually throughout the whole history, but most of these are private and low-level. The periods of calm described are relative.)


Act Two. The Summer of Hate

July 2014 to August 2014


As soon as it came out that Zak and Pundit were consultants on 5e, the attacks, accusations and counter-accusations come in thick and fast. This is a very short period of great intensity.


The Second Calm

Aug 2014 to Jan 2015 



Act Three. The Small Wars 

January 2015 to July 2016


During this period we get mutual counter-accusations, the Ennies walkout and the Magpie Games Incident.

The Third Calm

Aug 2016 to Feb 2017


Act Four. We Eat Blood

Feb 2017 - Ongoing


Zak brings out a collaboration with White Wolf and all the old accusations are resurrected and combined with new ones.

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We can see major responses and spikes whenever Zak is found to have worked, or to be suspected of working with, a different gaming company or group or whenever his popularity spikes. Firstly in the long build up, many arguments come about from the 'Playing DnD With Porn Stars' Escapist Series, which grew in popularity as it went on.

Then directly after he works on 5e we get the Summer of Hate. Then the Ennies win. During the Magpie Games Incident Mark Diaz Truman has to publicly state that he is not going to work with Zak after people allege that a planned project with Zak is the reason for his post.


Then after Zak is linked to White Wolf, we get another eruption and the lava is still flowing on that one.


I had to close the comments as things were getting too crazy in there to keep track of. If anyone has new evidence or new accusations from a publicly available link then you can let me know on G+ or Facebook or Reddit. You can find my social media in the site reached by the link at the top right of the blog.

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  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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  2. Wait, a deleted comment?
    What could it've said?
    I bet he ate a baby in that comment and now he's gonna vomit on your mom.
    Totally.
    Totally.

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  3. I appreciate you putting all this together. It's tough to keep track of everything that has happened.

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  4. It's a game that we all enjoy. I find it interesting how petty and jealous people become, and how trivial all of it is. Keep making good RPG and stop hating.

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  5. I'm not sure if a comment is warranted or welcome here (some RPG dudes seem really picky about comments) but I want to throw in my two cents anyway.
    Keep in mind I am from a small community in Canada where the kinds of things said by folks online during disagreements truly seems like insanity, especially given the subject matter oftentimes.
    I don't know Zak, except his name, have heard of DND w/ PSs, and often see his name around along with the flame princess line, etc. I used to follow him but found his commentary too nasty. That said, there's nothing wrong with that, it's just not in my nature, so no offense.
    Zak seems like the type of guy who knows his vulgarity, thrives on conflict and posturing...Qualities that I stereotypically see as American pastimes. Again, no offense it just seems like a cultural thing that works down there. I mean, I'm still hearing crazy stuff from the election down there and the craziness of the rhetoric seems unstoppable. Back to Zak, anyone entering into these sorts of conflicts has to not have a double standard; crazy stuff gets said and then it's over, hopefully. It's like a hockey game up here, no matter whose teeth are on the ice, you shake hands and let it go.
    Maybe there needs to be more of the letting go with this stuff. This Zak dude seems like he probably benefits from chewing it out with folks, it's kinda part of his 'celebrity profile' if you will. Like, I wouldn't criticize the guy and expect not to get told off in some colourful, flamboyant way. Maybe folks are trying to piggyback on his celebrity?
    Anyway, online culture being what it is, RPGs tend to be played by some pretty arrogant folks. Big egos and personalities are bound to clash.
    I don't know exactly what I'm trying to say, bit Zak seems like a popular, charismatic, prolific artist. They say never meet your favourite artists, right? I think a lot of folks take words too seriously and get caught up in drama when a fistfight isn't a physical option.
    It takes two to tango, but generally, as far as I know, Zak's big mouth seems to go with his style, and any publicity in this regard seems beneficial.
    That's it. Just some thoughts. My advice, sticking to gaming will alliviate hissy fits and name calling. But in Zak's case, I think it's part of the package.
    Again, no offense to anyone; this culture I see in this post is alien to my experience, like a madness. All I know is lots of folks like Zak and the flame princess stuff, so as long as no one gets killed, the meta seems like a sideshow for folks to follow and choose teams...Maybe it's all gaming?

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    1. As one Canadian to another I found myself agreeing with the cultural differences. And the "let's solve this on the ice, take a 2 minute penalty and have a beer afterwards". That said I'm sure when this shit happens it affects peoples bottom line, and lives.

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    2. As a Brazilian, I agree with the Canadian guys.

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    3. Many of the 'problems' here are from an unspoken assumption: that a 'bad' (confrontational, agressive, double-down) tone is wrong; thus, any argument backed by wrong tactics implies wrong facts, or outright deception, cause it's cannot be 'right'.
      His technique seem as abhorrent, his critics create weird accusations, while ignoring his fact-checking.
      Because the opposing side cannot accept the facts presented in a wrong (bad tone) form, the attacks ignore his rebuttals and focus on "how evil he is". And the impetus to fabricate accusing narratives against public enemies is strong.

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    4. The problem with online discussion is that your tone depends on who reads you. You can't post a comment that's appropriate for everybody.
      Add to this that some people just can't help extrapolate on what you say (when they read it entirely to begin with), and it becomes hell.

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  6. True creativity is terrifying to those who are not creative.

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  7. http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/3-dozen-psychotics-agree-go-buy-vornheim.html

    I believe you forgot this here blog post where Zak calls a significant number of his critics psychotic, then doubles down in the comments by continuing to call them delusional. Explain how this isn't harassment?

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    1. Its public and its relevant so I'm happy to put it in. Linked above.

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    2. Thank you for accepting suggestions in good faith.

      Given Zak's claims that his critics are delusion, and have a diagnosable mental illness in the blog post above, it seems difficult to see this (http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/mental-illness-in-rpg-community.html) as anything other than an accusation that his critics fabricate and distort facts due to being mentally ill. I would argue this is a clear attack, and in the context of the previous posts can be understood as continued harrasment

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    3. Also this post (http://archive.is/20151021233535/dndwithpornstars.blogspot.de/2015/10/the-fetid-shit-stink-of-right-wing.html?zx=ab04705888fd97b7) is a blatant attack on David Hill, using screenshots of social media accounts that Hill has said he blocked Zak from. It

      Given that Hill has claimed reported being harassed by Zak, it seems pretty relevant. Defending Star Wars is one thing, personally attacking Hill is bizarre and unnecessary.

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    4. I am blocked from David's social media, it is still public information available to anyone not logged in.

      Criticism is not harassment. David Hills Star wars problem is he hadn't seen it when he made his years worth of irrational accusations about it.

      Calling a person you believe to be psychotic "psychotic" is not harassment.

      (Psychosis is characterized by psychotic delusion--an unshakeable belief in an untrue thing).

      See: Most people I know, including me, calling President Trump out for irrational policies and statements.

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    5. Pardon my Ignorance, but continually posting negative things about a person on your own blog isn`t harrasment from my understanding. Harrasment is when you go out of your way to tell someone in the face/their twitter/Facebook/G+. If you post it on your own blog? Thats Insulting or an attack but not harrasment.

      http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Harrasment

      Usually references that A has to be in direct contact with B in one way or another for it to be harrasment.

      If you classify harrasment as "Someone said mean or false things about me in a place I do not frequent and I would not know about unless someone tells me about it"? That would explain a lot of the confusion I have when I see people discuss who harrases who in this. Zak has me blocked on G+ because according to him I am "bad People" and worse words, but I do not think he harrased me.

      Please take this as it is meant, a question for clarification what constitutes harrasment in the first place from your point of view.

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    6. Zak: While the things David posted from accounts he blocked you from may be publicly accessible, the inference must be that you logged out of your blocked account in order to read his social media. You then saved posts from a number of years in order to post an aggressive blog post that personally attacked him for having an opinion about Stars Wars. I would suggest that the attack in the blog post was an out of proportion unnecessary personal attack that went beyond mere criticism.

      Calling a person you believe to be psychotic a psychotic, with no actual proof, in a public place for the purpose--among other things--of attacking and denigrating them is harassment.


      Psychopathy is a diagnosable mental illness, with specific diagnostic criteria. THose include " persistent antisocial behavior, impaired empathy and remorse, and bold, disinhibited, egotistical traits."

      Your claim that the people mentioned in your blog post is without evidence, and unless you can produce a doctor's diagnosis about the subjects of the blog post, it is a public and defamatory personal attack.

      Marcus: I would argue that harassment does not have to be direct. A course of conduct, or pattern of behaviour, that involves repeated public attacks is harassment in my view.

      Your link has this definition: " the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands."

      Repeated public attacks could fit within that definition. Also, for the avoidance of doubt, I am not saying any of the posts I referenced are evidence of a criminal offence--I am saying that they can be understood, in ordinary speech--to be part of a pattern of harassing behaviour.

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    7. Zak: I apologise, my previous said you called people psychopaths but in fact you called them psychotic.

      My point that you have accused people of having a diagnosable metal illness without having actual evidence stands, but I did refer to the wrong condition.

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    8. 1. I would like to suggest that talking is good.
      The fact that I said a thing and you responded to it is rare and it might eventually help fix things.
      I would like to keep doing that so we can sort out if not all, then at least some of the definitional issues that get in the way of anybody being able to communicate in a reasonable way with anyone else about all this.

      2. "the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands."

      If that's the low bar--Then every single person giving me grief is a harasser.

      The libels against me are systematic and unwanted and annoying. Basically: anyone could say this about anyone they don't like and have dealt with more than once about the same complaint.

      To come to a definition we can talk about, we need to either raise the bar or decide I, too, am being massively harassed all the time every day by all these folks.

      It's logistically easier to talk in a place I get notifications--Contact me privately zakzsmith AT hawtmayle dawt calm or anonymously if you prefer http://ask.fm/TheActualZakSmith to continue this discussion unless you see those venues as threatening for some reason--you may suggest another.

      If you would genuinely like to help resolve these conflicts, I do think that a conversation about this would help.

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    9. Is the second "z" supposed to be in there?

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  8. Thanks for putting this together. I met Zak one time in real life and he was incredibly gracious and kind to me. I can't really think of anything to say that would be constructive or helpful, just wanted to say that it was a high point of my gaming career and that I'm sorry that this is a thing.

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  9. Zak is an acquired taste... I did have a disagreement with him a while ago, and I find him incredibly abrasive in my interactions with him. As somebody else stated, I think that it is simply his approach to interaction/style.
    I find that a lot of Zak's opponents seem to go to great pains to take any remark of his personally, and to twist things.

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  10. Nitpick:

    July 7th 2104 – My Defence of Zak

    I believe your defence was posted in this century, not the next.

    (Feel free to delete on correction)

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  11. Zak is a tacky, compulsively self-aggrandising narcissist, which makes him the perfect platform for moral grandstanding by subhuman pudding-men such as Fred Hicks.

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  12. Thank you for collecting and posting. I try to keep up, for a few simple reasons: 1) I've enjoyed the content Zak has created or contributed to, and 2) having met him in person, he's proved to be one of the most gracious people I've met in the industry.

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  13. Link: http://www.tgdmb.com/viewtopic.php?t=55189&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=25

    "Once you have decided that you will spend any part of your life trolling on the internet, you forfeit all rights as a human.If you should get hit by a car--no-one should help you. If you vote on anything--your vote should be thrown away.

    If you wanted to participate in a conversation, you've lost that right. You are a non-human now. You are over and cancelled. No concern of yours can ever matter to any member of the human race ever again."

    Zak, you said that—in an argument about a charm/diplomacy subsystem, no less.

    Your very first post in *this* comment section was a (petty, transparent) troll.

    By your own standards, you are officially subhuman, and we as actual humans are morally required to disregard everything you do and say, in perpetuity.

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  14. Could some one explain to me what this is all about?

    It's such a long series of blog posts, but I don't really understand what is going on - Is Zak in trouble? has he fallen out with some people in the last few days?

    Thanks for any info

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    1. nah, i'm fine, it's just the usual trolls because i have a video game out

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  15. I am locking comments after this point. Anyone who wants to add anything can contact me via email.

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