There have already been many responses to Mandy's post which have been written far better than anything I can come up with at the moment. I endorse the following posts, among others:
- The aforementioned Dungeons & Donuts post by Kiel Chenier.
- Response from Scrap Princess at Monster Manual Sewn from Pants.
- Response from Patrick Stuart at False Machine.
- Response from Joseph Manola at Against the Wicked City.
- Response from Dismaster FraNe at Dismaster's Den of Unfinished Thoughts.
- Response from Timothy Brannan at The Other Side.
Please see the end of this post for an update regarding the next paragraph.
There are many great OSR games and publishers and writers and artists out there, and many great RPGs in general. I think it is time for me to try and be more selective about those I endorse.
I am sorry for any harm I have caused through anything I have written or said, on this blog or elsewhere, involving Zak Smith. Abuse should not be tolerated.
Mandy, Jennifer, Hannah, and Vivka: I believe you.
Lamentations of the Flame Princess has released a statement regarding Zak Smith. If you have access to Facebook, you can read it at the following link:
To summarize, LotFP is parting ways with Zak Smith.
Overall, I am satisfied by this response. I believe that James Raggi and LotFP are taking the right actions by cutting ties with Zak Smith in this manner. Earlier, I said that doing the ethical thing in this situation would do a great deal in the way of earning back my trust, and I meant it. Thus, I once again feel fairly comfortable with the prospect of buying and writing about products from LotFP, should I choose to do so.
My LotFP "boycott," if you want to call it that, is over for the time being. I do think I should both play and write about a wider variety of games, for the sake of my own enjoyment and for the sake of adding more variety to the blog. This could be "other stuff in addition to LotFP" or it could be "other stuff instead of LotFP," depending on my interests going forward. But I hold no ill will toward Lamentations of the Flame Princess regarding the actions of Zak Smith. I hold the latter responsible for his own actions. I will, of course, continue to avoid buying or promoting the work of Zak Smith.