This article popped up in my Twitter feed today and I feel like it is a well-written summary of the Zak S. situation. I hope those that are looking to learn a little more about the situation find the article helpful and will provide some clarity to what has happened and what some industry folks are doing about it. #AbuseIsNotAGame
In the past, I’ve written about the OSR as well as those discussing “edgelords” in tabletop role-playing games. In my articles, I glossed over controversial individuals and the problems surrounding them; I neither want to give them the attention they seek nor did I feel like attracting their “followers.”
Things changed this week when one of these individuals went from merely considered aggressive online to being accused of abuse and sexual assault.
The individual in question is Zak Smith, aka Zak Sabbath or Zak S, a game designer, author, artist, and pornographic actor.
Zak Smith runs the “Playing D&D with Pornstars” blog and worked on Lamentations of the Flame Princess (alongside controversial designer James Raggi). He’s won multiple ENnies for his writing and art and been a contributor on everything from Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition to the Vampire: the Masquerade mobile game.
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