You aren't supposed to play anything
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
My name is Steven Shumway I’m 21, a student at Utah State University and I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for about 5 or 6 years. I think it is the most fun you can have with your brain. Because of this I have been immersed in the culture of the game both in game stores and online since I discovered it and fell in love with it.
In the culture of Dungeons and Dragons there can end up being a lot of factionalism. People think that their way of playing is the right way and people playing any other way are not having as much fun and are weirdos. In the end it all comes down to preference, however online a lot of discussion happens involving how people should play. Sometimes it is very toxic, this greentext is often posted online when things start to get heated as to what is okay to play. It is also in the very offensive style of speech native to 4chan.
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No one ever posts this in a serious way and the author of the original was not being serious either. When people post this it’s usually to try and deflate a conversation that is bordering on becoming really toxic and show everyone involved how silly the discussion is. The point of the post isn’t you shouldn’t play anything, it’s that you shouldn’t care what other people think is cool to play only what you think is cool to play.
Dr. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
G9: E-mail, including instant messaging
Shumway, Steven, "You aren't supposed to play anything" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 494.
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