One Call to Action: My ENnies 2014 Acceptance Speech

You may have heard that Fate won some ENnies this year. When we went up for Best Rules, at the end I grabbed the podium and said some words.


I’d like to thank the Fate community for enabling us to be here. And speaking of community, thank you to everyone who takes a stand against bigotry, whether that stand is fighting against it or being unafraid about living openly. We have too much toxic ignorance online and in our community, and we’re too small to let the brightest and boldest of you get crushed by hate. Let’s all join together to forge a better, loving place in the world.

(That’s not quite what I said on stage; the above was what I workshopped with friends, and it shifted naturally as I spoke. Maybe there’s video of it online somewhere.)

The next day, there were some hateful people on an elevator, spouting casual hate jokes with each other. I called them on it, and they turned their hate directly onto me. One guy shouted that “he didn’t have to take my shit,” and that I should “learn how to take a joke.”

Wrong. You do have to “take my shit.” You have to from all of us. We will be a force against you when you’re foolish enough to spew your hate in public.

If you’re tired of seeing the worst of our world beat down bright stars, join in. Be a part of making our world better.

Be loud. Be heard.

Edit: here’s the video for Best Rules, when my speech (and some antics between me and the Dungeon Bastard) happen starting at the 4:24 mark:

– Ryan

Photo: original by Mark Morrison of Campaign Coins, posted on Twitter


7 Responses to One Call to Action: My ENnies 2014 Acceptance Speech

  1. I really applaud you for doing this. Not many people would use this type of venue to try and affect change. I am glad you did this, and I agree on what you said about those lug nuts on the elevator. Even if it is a joke, it is still not cool because someone else might have been on the elevator too and they may have taken great offense at the joke.

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      Thank you!

      Such “jokes” are also calls for hate and justifications for dehumanization, which can lead to a great many injustices. To spin the childhood rhyme: One person’s sticks and stones may break my bones. But their words can incite a hundred people wielding sticks and stones.

      Gotta nip that in the bud. Even if you’re “just joking” (which is itself horrid), people listening will take it farther.

      – Ryan

  2. David Jarvis says:

    Outstanding sir!

    This world needs more people like you.

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      Thank you. I do what I can to, at minimum, offset the unenlightened ass I was in years past, when I casually said toxic things without really thinking about them. And living with my soon-to-be wife and watching the sexist, racist, anti-Semitic crap that she has to deal with constantly, I can’t just ignore the hate in the world like I was once able to.

      – Ryan

  3. Scum of Dunwall says:

    Just got home from the Fate Core Academy City game, so I can’t tell something really clever and thoughtful, but emotional enough to stop myself from saying this:

    “Hail! Hail! Hail!”

    And it was no joke.

  4. Bravo. I have nothing more to say than this. Bravo!

    As a designer and publisher, I have been silent too long. It is time I start speaking up.

  5. Brian 'Koff says:

    Right on.

    I’m sorry I wasn’t there with you in the elevator.