GMS, Internet Boogeyman

I’m surprised it took this long, actually.

The news of LPJ Designs termination from RPGNow finally broke as a topic of public discussion, over on RPGnet.

Background, for those who are unaware: I stopped posting at RPGnet almost 2 years ago (as described in this entry on my old blog), mostly because I felt that the identity of “GMS” was frighteningly growing into it’s own thing, quite separate from the actual person that I am. The popularly-held image of me as “GMS” had become a sort of catch-all villain for the site…viewed, depending on the outlook of the particular individual, as anything ranging from a bluntly-spoken harlan ellison-esque figure, to the Sum of Everything That Is Asshole. A few days later, a site administrator with whom I had a personal conflict took the opportunity to permanently ban me from the site (as described in here, at the bottom of the entry), to make it look like my leaving was officially-mandated.

Since then, my prediction that “GMS” would continue to be a presence, even without my participation, has come true. I am the Internet Boogeyman of choice on RPGnet. I’m still talked about, and still blamed for things, even when I haven’t posted there in 20 months.

So, you can imagine my utter exasperation, when somebody in the thread about LPJ Designs, makes the accusation that I was somehow behind LPJ’s termination:

“It sounds to me more like RPGnow has just decided to back their bud Gareth-Michael Skarka over Louis”

The conversation which spun from that even featured someone posting a link to this journal as “evidence.”

God’s teeth….it’s almost two years later, people. Isn’t it about time you found another Boogeyman?