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Monday, January 08, 2018

The Gay Wizards and the Magic Bear

Ian Miles Cheong busts Wizards of the Coast for trying to silence a whistleblower on Dangerous.

Magic: The Gathering is mired in a controversy surrounding allegations that some of its high-level tournament “judges” are pedophiles who were not given background checks by Wizards of the Coast, allowing them to mingle with children who play the game.

Jeremy Hambly, better known as the host of The Quartering and Unsleeved Media on YouTube outed several high-profile judges for their pasts, who are serving time for convictions on child pornography charges. Hambly is currently embroiled in what some refer to as the “next GamerGate” for taking the Hasbro-owned Wizards of the Coast and its surrounding entities to task for failing the gaming community.... Instead of refusing to publicly acknowledge Hambly’s investigations, the company chose instead to address it through one of its vice presidents on Twitter instead of releasing an official statement.

Elaine Chase, the VP of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing for Magic: The Gathering for the Hasbro-owned company, described the investigation as “misinformation circulated on social media regarding Wizards’ policies, event staffing, and Magic Judges.”

“Safety at Magic events is our top priority. We have a zero-tolerance policy for sex offenders. Our standard and long-standing practice is to suspend offenders from the DCI and/or remove stores from the WPN,” she wrote.

“Magic Judges, a fan-run community and separate from WotC, regularly posts anniversary blogs which sometimes include erroneous anniversaries for former judges not currently certified, either because of lapsing certification or active de-certification due to conduct,” she added. “Retailers and TOs are responsible for staffing events they run and are required to comply with all laws. We will continue to work with retailers and TOs to ensure safe and inclusive communities.”

Chase directed users who wished to report judge and retailer or player misconduct to official emails.

The company is now accused of being lax in its failure to conduct background checks on volunteer judges—even those in the United States—who participate in Wizards-sanctioned events.

Hambly, who outed the judges, tells DANGEROUS that he had his The Quartering channel flagged and removed by YouTube within 45 minutes of uploading a video condemning Chase’s statement and defending his investigation. 

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59 Comments:

Anonymous CarpeOro January 08, 2018 11:26 AM  

The rot is deep and broad in society. Getting close to the time to hoist the black flag.

Blogger SciVo January 08, 2018 11:30 AM  

Well, what can you expect from leftists. The whole point is insiders and their will to power.

Anonymous p-dawg January 08, 2018 11:37 AM  

I'm actually surprised Hasbro tolerates this. WotC is for sure fully converged, but I didn't think Hasbro was. M:tG is one of Hasbro's best performers, money-wise. If they don't fix this harshly and quickly, then that is evidence that they are converged.

Blogger Nate73 January 08, 2018 11:49 AM  

The scary thing about these youtube bans of channels like The Quartering or Harmful Opinions is that there's no record of their existence. Their videos are all taken down without notice and no chance for the user to save them offline, and for the rest of youtube they might as well have never existed.

Blogger James Dixon January 08, 2018 11:53 AM  

> We will continue to work with retailers and TOs to ensure safe and inclusive communities.

Can you get a more converged statement than that? Yeah, they're in it neck deep.

Anonymous aegis-1080 January 08, 2018 11:58 AM  

Typical WOTC: "WE won't do background checks because it takes effort and $$$, is up to the TO's and store owners".

All of it for covering their asses and be able to keep swimming on the legal murky ground that is voluntary work for a for-profit organization. If THEY run the background checks, then the Judges are recognized as employees of WOTC so they lose the lawsuit about that.

Blogger S1AL January 08, 2018 11:58 AM  

WotC has basically run from one crisis to another the last couple of years as regards the judge program. Judges don't get background checks because they aren't employees (not if the stores or the company). I wish I could say I'm shocked by this, but I'm not. For a long time I assumed the creepy element (it definitely exists) was due to social retardation, but the more I learn the more convinced I am that it's something far worse.

Anonymous Athor Pel January 08, 2018 12:09 PM  

"3. Anonymous p-dawg January 08, 2018 11:37 AM
I'm actually surprised Hasbro tolerates this. WotC is for sure fully converged, but I didn't think Hasbro was. M:tG is one of Hasbro's best performers, money-wise. If they don't fix this harshly and quickly, then that is evidence that they are converged."




Hasbro is a TOY company.
Who likes toys?
Kids.
Who likes kids?
Pedos.

Blogger S1AL January 08, 2018 12:14 PM  

"Hasbro is a TOY company.
Who likes toys?
Kids.
Who likes kids?
Pedos."

Bingo.

There's another element to the WotC judge program that plays into this: a lot of judges don't actually play the game that much, because they're judging. It's a pretty good cover.

Plus, it's beginning to look like pedos have a thing for uniforms and rules. It would tie into the Star Trek weirdness.

Anonymous Nathan January 08, 2018 12:16 PM  

This is a classic example of "make the rubble bounce."

Dude gets attacked for his opinion on cosplayers, so he shines a light on the pedos infesting WotC.

I wonder how many of these have ties to SFF fandom?

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 08, 2018 12:18 PM  

Minitrue it's outsourced and monetized in the future. Perfect government deniability and all the same over sight. And best part for the powers that be is the laws don't cover it. They aren't breaking the first amendment because it doesn't apply unless you're a Christian who doesn't want to celebrate pederastry.

Anonymous p-dawg January 08, 2018 12:25 PM  

@Athor Pel: That's an excellent point, and one which I hadn't considered. Thank you. I was holding out hope that Hasbro would fix WotC, but...

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky January 08, 2018 12:38 PM  

So one video about a pedo investigation got an entire YouTube channel banned. That is disturbing. Also, quite hardball from Google.

Blogger pyrrhus January 08, 2018 12:42 PM  

So let me try to recall Google's motto---was it "always be evil?"

Blogger pyrrhus January 08, 2018 12:46 PM  

@9 Having played Magic, and my kids having played in Magic tournaments long ago, I think you have a great point. Magic judges rarely or never have a high level understanding of the game, so perfect for infiltrators. And yes, Magic has kind of a Trekkie feel to it at the lower levels, where most kids play...

Anonymous BBGKB January 08, 2018 1:01 PM  

I never got into the game, the people who played it always smelled bad, and its unlikely a cheap deck could beat an expensive deck.

We will continue to work with retailers and TOs to ensure safe and inclusive communities.Can you get a more converged statement than that?

We will have nigtranny's but not bad nigtrannies.

Plus, it's beginning to look like pedos have a thing for uniforms and rules.

OMG they actually have uniforms look at the pic of the guy in the Head Judge uniform
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/dressing-part-2001-12-26

Anonymous Hrw-500 January 08, 2018 1:07 PM  

@4. Nate73

They also banned another channel I like used by E.T. Williams known as Doctor of Common Sense. https://youtu.be/EbAPmK4YDgU
The 2nd vlog was posted before they shutted down Vid.me
https://youtu.be/PiS9L0x9w_A

And how long before the same thing happen to Tommy Sotomayor? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es7psedNpQk

Anonymous Mr. Rational January 08, 2018 1:10 PM  

The great part of this is that the coordinated action is tantamount to proof of conspiracy.  They are ALL going down.

Blogger Bob Loblaw January 08, 2018 1:13 PM  

a deplorable rubberducky wrote:So one video about a pedo investigation got an entire YouTube channel banned. That is disturbing. Also, quite hardball from Google.

It's more than that. WotC already closed Jeremy's online account and banned him from the game for "harassment" when he pointed out a cosplayer was milking thirsty teenage boys for money with suggestive costumes and a Patreon account. That's where the mass flagging is coming from - fifteen year old boys with a lot of libido and no experience with women.

WotC just keeps looking worse and worse in all of this. Jeremy is actually pretty good - he sticks to the facts and hammers his points home without the foam flecked rage you'd expect.

Anonymous Ervin Huntley January 08, 2018 1:20 PM  

@16 Text from your link:

"Belts are recommended, add a bit more sophistication, and can be useful in administering punishment for cheating penalties and whatnot."

Holy shit.

Anonymous Sorcerygod January 08, 2018 1:21 PM  

The corporate world is all about handoffs of power: you start a small company as a small fish, a bigger fish eats you, and then a gianter fish, and so on. Benjamin Franklin said he was squeamish about eating fish until he saw opened fish guts on a fishing vessel and all the littler fish inside. Once you accept that big corporations are going to disown the bad activities of their subsidiaries, and yet still keep them around to reap the profits, you are on the path to true knowledge.

A medium-fish corporation cannot afford to alienate its customers. But when Intel designs a bad chip, or McDonald’s feeds us mad-cow disease, or Tylenol gets a poison-lacing scandal, that’s not news — that’s the regular cycle of the seasons, the night and day, the turning of the earth. Mostly night.

In the darkness of the corporate world --

[continues:]

www.starofmagic.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/well-awarded-medallion-with-a-gold-dollar-bill-logo/

Blogger S1AL January 08, 2018 1:39 PM  

Archived that rules link, cause... damn. This is from an organization that claims the phrase "make me a sandwich" is unacceptable sexual harassment. Who the hell puts that kind of joke (?) into an official document?

https://archive.is/e4x7j

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 08, 2018 1:42 PM  

I'm so pissed about E.T. Williams. What can be done? I really hope he is continuinh to fight with this. If that's even possible.

Anonymous Anonymous January 08, 2018 1:44 PM  

Pedos are all X-men out to recruit other Mutants before their powers manifest.

Blogger Ben Cohen January 08, 2018 2:01 PM  

Grew up playing MTG. Its downward spiral started when the cards became increasingly cheap and strategy started to fall by the wayside. Add in sjws and it'll collapse.

Anonymous CPEG January 08, 2018 2:03 PM  

That is one of the most solid Meme of the Days yet.

Anonymous Damn Crackers January 08, 2018 2:07 PM  

Makes me wonder about all the older players I played with as a child in D&D tournaments.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd January 08, 2018 2:17 PM  

CPEG wrote:That is one of the most solid Meme of the Days yet.

I hope that meme means something to the intended audience. I look at that and have no clue what the bear means. Or is the bear even the point?

Anonymous The Black Vise January 08, 2018 2:18 PM  

Didn't want to play Magic: The Money Gathering, but some "friends" of mine back in the early 1990s (we were playing D&D together) gifted me with a starter deck so we could all play together. Yeah...thanks a lot, "friends...."
Then a small "arms race" began as one guy decided to create a better deck by reading deck guides and strategies, and began purchasing cards. Eventually, it all came down to who had the highest card budget and who cared enough to read or create the winning "strategy," so we drifted away from it.
Oh, and the art was kinda cool sometimes, also. I knew a couple of the 1st generation artists.
Now, all my cards are in a card collecting binder, sitting on a shelf. My daughter likes to get them down, sometimes, and look at the art and read the card text.
She hasn't really expressed an interest in learning how to play.

I'm not surprised at current events at WoTC-- as Vox and others point out, creeping SJWism affects everything, unless you deliberately act to exclude it (ignoring the howls of "diversity good! inclusivity good!"). They are caught in a trap -- you can't be diverse and inclusive yet exclude pedoBear.

Blogger Thucydides January 08, 2018 2:19 PM  

If Youtube is going to close one channel then others need to be opened. Samizdat is your friend (in more than just this).

Anonymous Iacobus January 08, 2018 2:21 PM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:CPEG wrote:That is one of the most solid Meme of the Days yet.

I hope that meme means something to the intended audience. I look at that and have no clue what the bear means. Or is the bear even the point?


Pedobear. Believe 4chan started it.

Blogger tz January 08, 2018 2:23 PM  

Background checks might help, but considering the lack of urgency until recently, there are more creeps than anyone knows.
I do wonder if they have a "Code of Conduct".
"Do you like Gladiator Movies?"

Blogger Gordon Scott January 08, 2018 2:34 PM  

From the uniform rules: Black and Red Stripes:

The most exclusive shirt. Only to be worn by the Head Judge at major events (Worlds, PTs, etc.). Never worn outside such events. Never worn by anyone other than the HJ. Usual owner: L4+


How long before we have guys showing up at local events wearing this shirt? "Sure, I can tell you how to become a head judge," he oozes.

Stolen Magic!

Blogger Kallmunz January 08, 2018 2:49 PM  

OT, this just in, James Damore is going for it:

https://www.scribd.com/document/368688363/James-Damore-vs-Google-Class-Action-Lawsuit#from_embed

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 08, 2018 2:54 PM  

Pedos would love rules, uniforms and structure. Easier to groom and control kids, easier to get rid of adults who are wise to your shit.

Anonymous Sam the Man January 08, 2018 3:00 PM  

From what has been described, on this post and prior ones, there seems to be a lot of predators about.

As an older middle aged chap who has fairly young kids, is all of this new? I do not recall an such kiddy hunters around when I was a kid though young adulthood, was it a case of the culture held taht in check or was it just concealed?

Also this entre thing seems to be bound up with comic books, comic-conventions, video games (?) and Star Trek. Fantasy worlds all:

Is the modern obsession with make believe worlds some kind of a modern path because of the lack of role models in the previous generation? The kids my age were all obsessed with WWII in grade school, (BBC World at War generation) but our fathers and grandfathers were the vets that fought that, WWI and Korea. Fantasy really could not compete with the real life stories of folks that lived though WWI, WWII and the great depression. How is it modern kids find reality so...boring that they need to seek out a fantasy world instead. Broken homes and no role models? Compelling video games/worlds? something else?

really curious if anyone has any insights on this.

Anonymous Jspike1 January 08, 2018 3:09 PM  

Just a little info that most don't know. Most pedophile won't show up on a normal background check. My wife is a CPS worker for the state of Md. According to her even the background check that the board of ed does doesn't always show a sex offense. There is a whole separate data bank that only certain agencies can access.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd January 08, 2018 3:14 PM  

Iacobus wrote:Pedobear. Believe 4chan started it.

OK, so it's part of a series. If you're following the memes, you'll get it, but since I'm not, I didn't.

Sam the Man wrote:Is the modern obsession with make believe worlds some kind of a modern path because of the lack of role models in the previous generation? The kids my age were all obsessed with WWII in grade school, (BBC World at War generation) but our fathers and grandfathers were the vets that fought that, WWI and Korea. Fantasy really could not compete with the real life stories of folks that lived though WWI, WWII and the great depression. How is it modern kids find reality so...boring that they need to seek out a fantasy world instead. Broken homes and no role models? Compelling video games/worlds? something else?

When I was growing up, my father rarely spoke about WWII. My grandfather was too old and too unhealthy for WWI so I didn't get any stories about that either. I spent hours reading military histories, partly because they were available in the house and partly because they were fascinating.

There weren't any video games in the '70s, so there wasn't any chance for me to get sidetracked from the real world. Reality just didn't have any competition except books and movies, and they weren't addictive the way video games can be. I was too busy hunting, trapping and fishing to have much time for entertainment.

My children have been raised without video games, social media and TV. They get some screen time, but it's looking up howto videos on youtube and learning to administer the system.

Anonymous Darth Dharmakīrti January 08, 2018 3:20 PM  

OT: It has come out in Damore's class action lawsuit that VD is on a secret internal Google "blacklist" that means he would be escorted off campus if he were ever invited as a guest:

https://twitter.com/mjaeckel/status/950448708293931008

LMAO

Anonymous Icicle January 08, 2018 3:22 PM  

Summon the Pedophyxian Dreadnought (12/12) using black mana.

For each turn the Pedophyxian is in play, sacrifice one child card and put it in the graveyard pile.

Anonymous BBGKB January 08, 2018 3:30 PM  

Summon the Pedophyxian Dreadnought (12/12) using black mana. For each turn the Pedophyxian is in play, sacrifice one child card and put it in the graveyard pile.

Land- Kevin Spacey's basement- all colors- all colored children in the graveyard pile are usable. https://gab.ai/BGKB/posts/17560095

Anonymous CPEG January 08, 2018 3:40 PM  

Land - Comet Ping Pong - Sacrifice one child card to get 2 black mana

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 08, 2018 3:40 PM  

Darth Dharmakīrti wrote:It has come out in Damore's class action lawsuit that VD is on a secret internal Google "blacklist" that means he would be escorted off campus if he were ever invited as a guest

"An employee asked if the writer (Curtis Yarvin) could be removed from the blacklist. HR refused to respond to the request and instead reconfigured the internal system so that it was no longer possible to tell who was on the blacklist."

Secret Google Police have their secret blacklist.

Anonymous JAG January 08, 2018 3:41 PM  

OT: One of our favorite cucks wants Oprah to be POTUS

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/367919-bill-kristol-tweets-support-for-oprah-using-im-with-her-hashtag

Anonymous Donald Trump January 08, 2018 3:55 PM  

https://twitter.com/mjaeckel/status/950448708293931008

Blacklists like that are disgusting! We should look into this with the right white!

Not to mention I hate HR anyway! Most of those crones blow up so much in business they make rocket man Kim Jong-un look reasonable.

Blogger Jon Mollison January 08, 2018 4:19 PM  

@36 - Two decades ago fathers still played a direct and frequent role in the lives of their children. Even if they were not always and directly visible, they were always there - a threat lurking in the background. The rise of the single-mother household in recent decades has provided a bull-market for children vulnerable to pedophiles. Even better, the direct financial costs of this brave new world are borne by the men who are legally prevented from protecting their children from the people who pushed this culture into place.

It is, quite literally, diabolical.

Blogger Brad Matthews January 08, 2018 4:47 PM  

PEDOMON, Gotta catch 'em all.

Anonymous JAG January 08, 2018 5:02 PM  

PEDOMON, Gotta castrate 'em all.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira January 08, 2018 5:49 PM  

"The Gay Wizards And The Magic Bear"
Nearly fell off my chair when I read that.

Blogger Ben Cohen January 08, 2018 6:07 PM  

It used to be a really fun game.

Anonymous Icicle January 08, 2018 6:43 PM  

Land - Comet Ping Pong - Sacrifice one child card to get 2 black mana
Land- Kevin Spacey's basement- all colors- all colored children in the graveyard pile are usable.

Hmmmm photoshop.

Anonymous Simplytimothy January 08, 2018 6:48 PM  

https://twitter.com/NBCNewsMACH/status/948962369643917314?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E0

Link to a tweet by nbc news asking if child sex dolls would help stop pedophilia.

https://twitter.com/NBCNewsMACH/status/948962369643917314?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E0

Anonymous Avalanche January 08, 2018 7:02 PM  

@36 "Also this entre thing seems to be bound up with comic books, comic-conventions, video games (?) and Star Trek. Fantasy worlds all"

Also T-ball, Pop Warner (football league), kids soccer... You have come to see it (as you have) here only because here we are discussing comics and sci fi and culture and politics. If you were spending your time on kids swim team and pick-your-area forums or blogs, you'd come to finally see it there (first, or too).

I am dismayed at how WAY more common it seems to be than I had expected.

Blogger Jon Mollison January 08, 2018 7:26 PM  

@52: Really? Huh. Any time I volunteer to work with kids, (teaching CCD and coaching AYSO soccer are the most recent,) I've had to jump through background hoops and attend annual "bad touch" training. I was always struck that as the powers that be drove Christianity off of the commons, they kept having to compensate for it by implementing more and more training to teach people how to act like decent human beings.

Anonymous Godfrey January 08, 2018 8:02 PM  

What has modern Leftism come to? What is it now? Answer: Merely a band of perverts and parasites. That's the sum total of its principals.

Anonymous Just another commenter January 08, 2018 10:22 PM  

@7 - makes no difference if employees or not - see below.
@16 - nothing creepy there at all, nosirree!
@53 - same here with Little League and the kids, no background check, can't volunteer in any capacity, coach, nothing. Basically show up and watch. And if you don't give them a SSN, they "can't" do a background check... but they offer no assurance of security. Pay up and shut op, or don't play... but they constantly whine they need more volunteers.

Anonymous Ain January 08, 2018 11:34 PM  

"OMG they actually have uniforms look at the pic of the guy in the Head Judge uniform"

That's disappointing. I had expected them to be dressed as wizards.

Blogger Akulkis January 09, 2018 12:37 AM  

@Ain
They even fail at being failtards.

Blogger LP9 January 09, 2018 1:17 AM  

Thank you for this post,

Correct; this was the natural outcome of abusers in our midst to present day.

I read this to dad or, The Captain, he said, "yeah, I trying to to tell you back then but you fail to think through your logic because your young taken by pretty art, its why I'm dad the gatekeeper", he was right, back in 93 or 94 my parents got me a few sets, it was back in the days of Walden Books; where I get lost in a nice book store that is now gone. The art resonated with me, its easily given fan art to impressionist art but after 96 I just thought "no good, creepy, kiddyland but why, something feels sick to me" - so, no these days MTG is at PS4 but I never went back in that after SJWAL and Corey trying to tell us for 20 years, I just didn't want to go back there even though it was about the art but its a hook, the art, the delicate detail is a ploy and a grooming system, those aren't my words those are dads or The Captains warnings to me.

I just didn't understand in 93 or 94 - I confess it was fun but my parents and I regretted bringing it into our house given we attend daily mass - there is no spirituality without the holy spirit in our lives; our mom, dad and I unit...I hope I didn't let them down, dad said, let that go, minor issue, "your art label is a godly haven continue your calling and let the nullsense go..."

I just wanted to say I am sorry - I didn't understand but mom and dad knew but it was 93 94 95; I didn't understand, too immature. By mtg's release in 2003 I was alarmed. Dad said thank you Mr. Day for a 1/2018 post.

I'm sorry I was slow in this matter to understand, art to painting can be hypnotic to mesmerizing but its a hook, MTG never rec'ed my money since 95 or 96, MTG grew dark to convergence.

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