Presidential Race 2008

This is the first U.S. Presidential race which I’ve closely followed. I just as easily grew tired of the rhetoric and now look at all the candidates with a very skeptical eye (the FISA bill, Obama? Really?).

Something that caught my eye today, however:

A snippet from Presidential candidate John McCain’s website: It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others. Yes, I do realize the irony of promoting traffic in some small manner to that blog.

(Is any baby’s Charisma score really 18?)

Dork that I am, I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons for twenty years (with my entire family, no less). I’ve come across a wide swath of dice rollers, and cannot say any particular attribute sticks to the group en masse–including political affiliation and chosen place of residence.

From where does this idea stem that gamers are all liberals? Or socially awkward grown men who live with their parents? I’ve known just as many military servicemen who tried to imagine a scenario in which they could roll the fabled d12 as I have liberal arts students. As many males who rolled that sultry female elf character in tight leather as the females who made a brutish, testosterone-addled male orc. I’ve played with socially awkward communicators alongside people who were very confident and extroverted. It’s an odd assumption, but one which I, sadly, expect from politicians.

At least John Kovalic was reminded of a cartoon he drew back in May.


About Denis Farr

Writer interested in intersectionality, games, comics, nerdy stuff in general, theater, and how it all mixes. Graduate of Wabash College, with studies in Theater, English, German, and Gender Studies.
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3 Responses to Presidential Race 2008

  1. Personally a baby’s CHA never goes above the 7-9 range (always incurring a penalty).However I suppose it depends on the level of Oxytocin in a person’s system at the time though.

  2. Denis Farr says:

    I believe the problem is that the charisma rapidly diminishes the longer one has to stay in presence of said baby.

  3. So a baby’s charisma is directly proportional to its hang time then?

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