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I almost wish I were still buying WotC products so I could make a big show of boycotting them.
Also, from the punishment article:
But let’s get serious. Actually, seriousness is the issue. Some kids are not serious. Some kids don’t come to play, but rather to socialize.
OH THE HUMANITY.
To be serious myself, I think the best way to teach kids to play D&D is to give them Labyrinth Lord (a remake of the last version of D&D which was at all kid-accessible) and let them have at it.
Tepid, cliched, and patronising enough on its own. But then behold, drama explodes when it turns out the guy who volunteered to write "Running D&D for Little Girls" turns out to be inclined to say misogynistic (and occasionally disturbingly violent) things on the Internet.
(Is it just me or is the YouTube page that clicks through to only ye owliest awfulness? It's the combination of uncanny valley owls, purple sky, and tree branches growing through bits of the YouTube interface you don't expect to see stuff growing out of which creeps me out.)
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