Magic: The Pedophile Conspiracy

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This article is the first in a series of investigations involving #MagicGate.  Please read:

#3 “Magic: Sex Lies Crimes and Elaine Chase

#1 “Magic: The Manic Hypocrisy

 

Magic: The Gathering (MTG) is a competitive card game which can be played live and online. There are an estimated 20 million players worldwide.

Ross Stanley Prajzner, 35, is an avid MTG player and judge who judged at least 7 MTG events from 2012 through 2016 in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He so thoroughly enjoyed judging tournaments he traveled hundreds of miles to do so. What a benefit to the community, no? Perhaps that would be true if he was not convicted of sex crimes against children. Prajzner was caught distributing child pornography on October 3, 2013, by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He has been forced to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania.

A detective downloaded a picture of an underage child directly from Prajzner’s computer, which Prajzner made accessible on a secret file sharing network for pedophiles. A search warrant was obtained as a result of the detective’s findings and police confiscated Prajzner’s computer from his home. Over 35 images of children under the age of 18, either posing sexually or taking part in actual sex acts, were found by police on Prajzner’s computer and he was arrested on October 30, 2013.

He faced a prison sentence of 7 to 14 years for possession and dissemination of child pornography. A plea bargain struck by Stephen M. Geday, Esq and the prosecution allowed Prajzner to avoid spending 14 years in a cold steel cage. On November 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to two felonies; sexual abuse of children and possessing child pornography. Prajzner’s sentencing was deferred until the Sexual Offender Assessment Board could assess if he was a sexually violent predator. Prajzner was found to be a predator of the nonviolent variety, which is not a conciliation worthy of acclaim. He still finds children sexually attractive and allowed other predators to access pictures of exploited children ensuring the pictures will circulate in perpetuity.

In February 2015 Judge Wendy Demchick-Ally gave Prajzner 3 to 23 months in jail and he was allowed to serve his time on the weekends. During Prajzner’s sentencing, Demchick-Alloy did not attempt to hide her contempt, “I want you to see the inside of a jail cell so you understand this is your life if you ever do this again. You need to see the inside of a jail cell again and again.”

According to archived records, Prajzner’s court appearances juxtaposed with his history as an MTG judge serves as a horrifying reminder of how Wizards of the Coast’s (Wotc) reckless policies placed children in the paths of pedophiles.

On September 7-8, 2013 Prajzner judged the SCG Open Series in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which was only 25 days before the first pornographic picture of a child was downloaded off his computer by a detective. Should one believe he acquired the pictures of naked children engaged in sex acts, and disseminated them, for the first time in his life on the very same day he was caught by the police? What a coincidence that would be. The much more likely scenario is Prajzner was in possession of child pornography during the September SCG Open Series event and before the event as well.

His reign of terror was just beginning. Prajzner would be around children, after being caught dead to rights in possession of child porn, many times as an MTG judge in the future.

He attended a Judge Conference in Chantilly, Virginia on November 15, 2013 which was a mere 16 days after police raided his house and arrested him. While out on bail with charges hanging over his head Prajzner mingled with his judge colleagues. Prajzner went to another Judge Conference in Richmond Virginia on March 7, 2014 too.

His next appearances as a judge were in Somerville, New Jersey at a PTQ event on April 6, 2014, and on April 19, 2014 he judged the PTQ M-15 in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. In that span of 13 days, Prajzner was twice in a position of authority with children and their unsuspecting parents were none the wiser thanks to WotC’s refusal to mandate background checks. If they were your children how would you feel knowing WotC could have prevented Prajzner’s presence and chose not to do so?

The following month Prajzner was judging the StarCityGames.com Open Series in Somerset, New Jersey on May 24-25 2014. Once again working in an official capacity and once again having access and authority over children. Did he pat any of their heads or rub any of their backs? Take any selfies? I do not know. What I know is children were present and Prajzner had no business being within 1,000 feet of them.

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania was the site of Prajzner’s next recorded appearance as an official judge on August 2-3, 2014 at the Eternal Extravaganza. This would be his last tournament session as a judge for 2014 because in November he would be pleading guilty to all of the sex crime charges against him.

After Prajzner’s felony conviction for sexual abuse of children, he was back judging MTG tournaments where children were present on January 31, 2015 in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Perhaps the vapidest of readers would have argued previously Prajzner was not yet convicted when he judged earlier MTG tournaments, regardless if evidence was found in his home, but even they would be forced to agree this scenario is ghastly. Particularly because Prajzner had not yet begun serving his debt to society due to the process of the Sexual Offender Assessment Board determining Prajzner’s status as a violent sexual offender. This scenario, standing alone with no other details, should have been enough for WotC to radically alter their policy on judges being screened with background checks.

While it may seem impossible for this scenario to grow worse, it, unfortunately, does exactly that.

The final recorded appearance of Prajzner as an MTG judge would not be for 19 more months on July 31, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If the gap of time gives one pause, there is a reason. MTG tournaments are almost always scheduled for weekends. Prajzner was unable to attend tournaments because he was serving time in jail for his crimes against children every weekend beginning in February 2015.

Prajzner finished serving his time by the end of October 2015. He immediately went back to playing tournaments upon his release, because he finished in the top eight on November 1, 2015 at the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open in Philadelphia. So much for Elaine Chase’s claim of WotC’s “long-standing practice” of “zero-tolerance for sex offenders”, eh?

Consider at the time of his arrest Prajzner lived in Montgomery Twp, Pennsylvania and he attended 5 events in the state from 2012 to 2016. Two were in Coopersburg and three were in Philadelphia. The other judges and WotC staff knew him. I find it incredibly unlikely word did not quickly travel through the local grapevine about Prajzner’s 2013 arrest. People in positions of power knew and they did nothing. A sexual deviant was allowed to continue being in authority over children. A blind eye was turned to all of it, and those accomplices responsible in enabling Prajzner’s villainy will now live with everlasting shame. That is a stain which can never wash off. Men like Prajzner deserve nothing less than scorn and seething hatred for the evil which they perpetuate on the world. It would be nice if WotC agreed.

Today Prajzner is a free man roaming the streets and visiting parks to watch children who do not know a sexual predator is stalking them. He may even be judging MTG tournaments again under an alias. The world will never know as WotC does not require background checks. Such a thought causes an overflow of one’s heart.

Despite the clamoring claims of Wizards of the Coast’s Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing  Elaine Chase Prajzner has never banned Prajzner’s DCI number meaning he is still eligible to play in MTG tournaments.

On June 24, 2017 Ross Prajzner made a special appearance to Long Island, New York – NYSE Open V – Power Eight, Workshops & Drains Tournament! 

Who won the tournament is irrelevant to this article. I don’t even play the game. Ross Prajzner attended and crossed paths with former tournament host Travis LaPlante which would set up the breakthrough findings of a pedophile cover-up in the MTG community. 

I conducted an interview with LaPlante and he says Prajzner cheated! This comes at a bit of a stunning surprise given Prajzner’s history of seeking virtue. He went on to accuse the tournament’s judge Elliot Raff of taking Prajzner’s side. LaPlante described the situation at the tournament table:

I told the head judge Elliot Raff one set of facts and ross told a different set of facts.  Elliot Raff sided with Ross and gave me a warning for harassing behaviour. The match continued. I ended up losing and called Ross a fucking cheater and he called Raff back over and informed him of what I said. Raff asked me if I said anything and I said “no” as sarcastically as possible. He then disqualified me for what he called my “second offense” of “lying to a head judge.” 

LaPlante was telling the truth. Prajzner indeed lied during the tournament. One look at the official registry shows he used his full name. However, if one looks at the 7th round form procured by the themanadrain.com owner Andy Probasco they will see Prajzner intentionally misspelled their own name. We all do this and I often spell Lou as Lew.

At the time of its discovery this was of little consequence because LaPlante had already been disqualified, but it shows Prajzner’s overall intent.

LaPlante then contacted the tournament organizer Nick Detwiller. They had a long conversation which is below.

 

LaPlante went home and contacted Judge Raff the next day, June 25, 2017. LaPlante said the following conversation, which has now been deleted, took place regarding the sex offender Ross Prajzner:

He didn’t say, I don’t know if he thought I was just making things up or what, I never got confirmation that he followed up on the issue at all that’s for sure.

That’s what lead me to submit it myself he provided me with the judge feedback email.address and that was the extent of his assistance.

It was just about a month after the tournament on July 20th I sent in a detailed description of my experience with ross Prajzner.

LaPlante never heard back from Raff who failed in his duty to report a sex offender to the proper judicial authorities. LaPlante then contacted the official judge feedback page on July 20, 2017. His email went directly to a level 4 judge named Sean Catanese.

This is a picture of the same email showing it was sent by Travis LaPlante.

After sending the emails Travis LaPlante did not receive a reply from anybody. He gave up on receiving justice from the cheating Prajzner, and he grew worried about the safety of children. Several months later Travis LaPlante spoke with one of his good friends Gary Jay Steffens Jr.. When I asked Travis LaPlante about Steffens he said he was, “Only the second person I have ever invited over for dinner on the holidays.” Steffens Jr told Travis LaPlante about a man named Jeremy Hambly who was receiving trouble on YouTube for free speech reasons and that Hambly was interested in his viewers sending him evidence that pedophiles existed in the MTG community. Travis LaPlante jumped at the chance and emailed the very same emails he sent to Level 2 Judge Elliot Raff and Level 4 Judge Sean Catanese to Jeremy Hambly who had recently been banned from MTG.

Within less than 12 hours Hambly had uncovered the identity of Prajzner. LaPlante was satisfied with the outcome and he went on with his life.

Prajzner was not removed from the official judge website until late 2017 after news of his crimes began to circulate.

Here is the cached version which captured Prajzner’s name on.

Here is the version as it appears today without Prajzner’s name. 

This was around the same time I, Lou Colagiovanni, arrived on the MTG community scene by releasing my then unknown and soon-to-be explosive analysis titled, “Magic: The Manic Hypocrisy.” Following the first couple of days, I started reviewing all of the transfers which had taken place from MTG games. I began to review all of the previous areas of which I was unfamiliar. I reviewed all of the documents available and noticed the email which Hambly received from LaPlante was not complete. I contacted LaPlante and asked for the full document that he happily provided. We chatted and I became aware of LaPlante ‘s rough dealings with MTG in the past. It became apparent judges were doing their best to ignore LaPlante’s attempts at raising the issue of pedophiles in the community from participating in public discourse. That is the cover-up. Two judges, a level 4 and a level 2 both failed to report the disgusting Ross Prajzner.

Why should you believe this story?

Gary Jay Steffens Jr has been a fan of mine for close to a decade. He introduced me to Jeremy Hambly, and he has followed Hambly for a couple of years as well — even if he doesn’t agree with every word he says. Steffens and Travis LaPlante have been great friends in real life for over 10 years. Both of them have played Magic: The Gathering, in its many forms, for over 20 years — often by traveling with each other to tournaments. They have hosted a combined 30+ MTG tournaments. For example, in 2008 LaPlante founded “Traviscon” which attracted 240 players. The tournament host Nick Detwiler is well respected in the MTG community. He was not interviewed for this article. He and LaPlante have known each other for over 10 years.

The point is nobody featured here has a motivation to fabricate any of this evidence. The above happened exactly as described.

(Author’s note: The original version of this article was published with minor errors which have been corrected. Images have been reorganized for clarity.)

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  • grgspunk

    >That last paragraph explaining why we should we believe this story written by a guy who’s never written anything for this site before

    Clearly something was lost in translation, otherwise it wouldn’t be written in such an extraordinarily nonsensical manner.

    So some guy who’s looked at some kiddie porn is a judge at an event with lots of people who can keep an eye on him. Why am I supposed to care again?

  • alterku

    I look at this more as a study about how deep cronyism really runs, and how easy it can be to corral groups of weak-minded people like sheep rather than a dissection of MTG events and judges. It just so happens that a lot of people who are deep into magic, especially professionally, are more easily lead, paralelling the modern video game media world.

  • grgspunk

    When an article says something along the lines of “Pedophile Conspiracy” in the title, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t “cronyism”.

    Seriously though, who the hell is this Lou Colagiovanni guy? The whole article is damn near impossible to read.

  • Michael Richardson

    Is this turning into a MTG website or something?

  • ProfessorFluffy

    I have to agree. Having Conspiracy in the title makes it sound like the article would talk about how it’s all a lie. Especially when the beginning used flowery language to make Prajzner sound like a victim. The perspective in the article then did a 180 and was completely against the guy. Also the last paragraph sounded like a poorly translated yaoi fanfic.

    “Gary Jay Steffans Jr has been a fan of mine for decades. He introduced
    me to Jeremy Hambly. He also introduced me to when you have to budge
    them anywhere. I took care of Gary and his friends for a while. The
    dispensary owner loves Gray and Lou loves him. The dispensary owner sill
    not have difficulty from paying the required funds to you. “

  • DukeMagus

    At least it’s only one guy. With such title, I was fearing there were dozens of pedos kidnapping kids in events and wizards covering it or worse.

    Still, while the investigation angle is well made, the abuse of adjectives in the text kills any sense impartiality in it. Keep the good work, but if you want to improve the next article, try a less emotionally invested approach

  • The Clansman

    Literally who cares

  • Tarrasque

    WTF does that last paragraph mean?

  • Snorlaxation

    did no one read through this article before it was uploaded?

  • Loli ♥ Antagonist

    I guess we’re uploading high school writing projects full of bias to Niche, now?

  • chaoguy

    It’s a conspiracy to keep pedophiles employed with Wizards of the Coast, so the claim fits.

  • chaoguy

    It should also be noted that a guy on Youtube also exposing a lot of this stuff has been getting SLAMMED with copyright strikes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTP4ShIzXdQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CArrK_l234g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpnFNJEmVFI
    https://twitter.com/TheQuartering/status/950430854119149568
    https://twitter.com/TheQuartering/status/948366011841024000
    He’s found even more people- many convicted rapists- about 10 people and counting, all working for WoTC who had previous child porn or child molestation offenses.

    Everyone in the comments is suddenly very against this article. I wonder why?

  • Loli ♥ Antagonist

    “Everyone in the comments is suddenly very against this article. I wonder why?”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fe4a93aa7d30079da1d84c8559a9e36a5799b805f615a3fde734f7cd40832263.png

  • m hugh

    Actually this writer does not do the story justice, not by a long shot. Check UnsleevedMedias (Hambly’s) videos on YouTube, there are at least a dozen sex offending judges uncovered. Remember he is only one person yet was able to uncover double digit amounts of confirmed sex offenders in the judging program.

  • Eldhin Shichiou

    so…….

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I think he wrote another article about Magic a week or two ago but yeah, this dude is just pretty much some freelancer who mainly covers political stuff.

  • Feniks

    Yeah more concerned with the local baseball coach/football coach pedos.

  • chaoguy

    Ok, so it’s poorly written and a wall of text.
    What about the sources? Are they legitimate enough?

  • chaoguy

    As much as I like this article for what it’s do
    Actually
    this writer does not do the story justice, not by a long shot. Check
    UnsleevedMedias (Hambly’s) videos on YouTube, there are at least a dozen
    sex offending judges uncovered. Remember he is only one person yet was
    able to uning, I feel someone at Niche could do a follow-up to this article and refine Hambly’s work to cover the matter quicker and more succinctly.
    Or a Facebook Soccer Mom style infograph spread on Facebook a’la Star Wars Battlefront 2

  • Kyle Hood

    I guess we should expect no less from a guy with the word “loli” in his screen name? He is exposing a known child predator in the MTG community and your response is this? I am not the kind of guy who wishes your kids get raped or anything like that, but I sure as hell hope karma kicks you in the balls. On top of the fact that convicted (and registered) child predators are required to remain so far away from children (often 100-1000 feet). WotC is opening itself up to litigation for endangering the children that play. What a flaming piece of human garbage.

  • Jessie_Pinkman

    Way to blow the lid off this issue. So basically it’s a conspiracy because one guy who was convicted of possessing CP, got what amounts to almost a suspended sentence, also happened to be a MTG judge. WoTC, not being the World CP Police, were never made aware of the issue. Guy later plays in a special event run by a store and one of his opponent calls a judge. The circumstances of the judge call are never made apparent other than the head judge rules in Prajzner’s favor because ZOMG CONSPIRACY. Other “proof” of the conspiracy is the player list where his name is misspelled, because gosh darn it you know that TOs never, never, never, ever spell players’ names wrong when entering them in the DCI reporting software, so, conspiracy. Prajzner’s opponent is salty over his 38th place finish that he goes to the trouble of dredging up his past and attempts to smear him publicly by distributing this through serial sexual harasser Jeremy Hambly and the paragon of integrity in journalism, Lou Colagiovanni. You know, the guy who’s claim to fame is taking down Anthony Weiner by appearing on CNN because he was friends with Sydney Leathers. Emails were sent to the judge program, but surprise no response. Maybe because the judge program keeps its internal dealings, especially with something as touchy as CP, private. Having an active unsuspended DCI number does not equal being an active judge. You’d have to contact the judge program directly to see if he’s still active and they aren’t likely to give you answers why he was removed. It’s a private organization. The end of the article, I don’t know. I think you were taking a few too many puffs on your spliff there Lou. The last paragraph is the best. We should believe Lou because the guy he gets weed from introduced him to Jeremy and he gets him good weed. The dispensary owner should get paid. THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH!

  • Jessie_Pinkman

    It means that the guy who introduced him to Jeremy gets him his weed. He gets him some good weed and Lou helped him out that one time. The weed is good. The dispensary should get paid.

  • chaoguy

    It’s a private organization that has a dozen pedophiles working near children- it’s fine! Honest!
    How much are WoTC paying you, or are you one of the kiddie fiddlers afraid of finally getting what you deserve?

  • Soak Ed

    The real question is why is Hambly on this holy crusade? Is it because Wizards gave him a lifetime ban? Is it something even more sinister? Have you ever heard the term “Hiding in plain sight”? Does Hambly have some, um, ‘special interest’? He certainly plays a lot of MTG. I think this needs further exploration. I am sure that there aren’t any skeletons in Hambly’s closet. Or are there?

  • For those asking why we’re hosting this story, this is just as viable a piece in gaming news as the latest release of the next big video game for example.
    We cover everything worth covering in the gaming industry and tabletop gaming is just as viable as console , pc , or even mobile gaming.

    When Lou approached me to try to help with publishing this story, all the gaming related sites didn’t want to touch it at all or even acknowledge there was even a problem and that in of itself is quite disturbing seeing as these latest pedophile things come to light regarding judges for a game marketed to children

  • Jack Walsh

    Love how the best criticisms people can come up with is basically, “we don’t like the writing style”. I’m seeing a lot of the same weak deflections and ad hominem attacks in the comments here that Jeremy has been getting since he began talking about this issue. You would think that protecting the community’s most vulnerable member’s would be something that everyone could agree with, regardless of how you feel about Jeremy but, apparently holding on to a long debunked narrative is more important to some.

  • Moxie Cooper

    It’s also impossible to create a world that is perfect for pacifists without committing violence against those who disagree with the ideals of pacifism.

  • Jessie_Pinkman

    You’re remarkably dense, aren’t you? I’m saying there’s no conspiracy here. All this story is about some guy who got salty about a judge call, looked into his opponent’s background and found some dirt, reported it to the judge program, and didn’t get the response he wanted to soothe his wet feelies. This would be like when you get busted for that underage porn you download on your work computer and finally get fired. When your employer is contacted for work history they can’t give details on why you were fired, just dates that you worked and that the termination was unvoluntary. By they way, STOP DOWNLOADING UNDERAGE PORN YOU’RE GONNA GET FIRED!

  • InkViper

    Interesting that you raise the point that other websites won’t touch the story with a barge pole, yet some of them were so quick to condemn Jeremy as a serial harasser with little to no evidence, and what evidence was available was to the contrary of the allegations!
    But here we have a very large substantial amount of evidence showing a complete lack of concern for children who play Magic the gathering by Wizards of the Coast and their affiliates, and none of the publications who demonized Jeremy are even interested in what is effectively the biggest scandal of 2017/2018 in the nerd hobby domain!
    Seriously you guys are doing God’s work here, because I’m starting to fill that when pedophiles are involved in a story you’re going to get little to no traction from these left-wing leaning publications! If I were a conspiracy nut, I might be forgiven thinking that maybe there sympathetic to such groups of people.

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    I don’t understand how is this anyway related to this site, not taking into account that many of don’t live in the states and couldn’t care less about them local criminals.

  • Bret Hart

    “So some guy who’s looked at some kiddie porn is a judge at an event with
    lots of people who can keep an eye on him.”

    Because it’s against the fucking law for convicted pedo’s to be employed where they would be around children as well they are suppose to under the law disclose they are a registered sex offenders where they cannot live near schools or work where children frequent. It’s also Hasbro’s duty as a company that has children frequent their events to have background checks on sex offenders around because its the law.

    Only pedo’s or pedo defenders (scum) will ignore this.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    Mount Holly, NJ? I’m guessing at Ron’s Comic World.

  • I’m all for something to be done. Enforicng background checks for all judges is a great idea. I don’t see conspiracy here just because an L2 and L4 didn’t respond. I think it’s annoying to assume someone is OK with child abuse because they didn’t like an article.

  • Anon_Amous

    I just don’t care about this case honestly, but I hope a pedophile doesn’t have access to children via these tournaments. It should be simple to not allow him to be present in any capacity based on those charges.

    Maybe if there is an adults only bracket he can be allowed there. Not that I think people need to make things easy for pedophiles, because people don’t but if he truly just wants to enjoy MTG and not being around children, that should suffice.

  • ActivistZero

    If children are going to these events that are being presided over CONVICTED (i can’t stress this point enough) pedophiles, then I would be fucking concerned if I was with WotC.

    It also concerns me that despite the amount of evidence nothing seems to be done about this, this will get ugly if (and I’m praying it never happens) a child does get raped at an official Magic event

  • Drew Keller

    omg, do you anti-jeremys listen to yourselves. pathetic

  • Jessie_Pinkman

    You need a few more people than a L2 and a L4 judge to make a conspiracy.

  • Arenegeth

    The only explanation you need to give, is “because we feel like it”. This is your privately owned site and you can post whatever the hell you want in it.

    But this conflation of video games with tabletop gaming as if they are the same thing is dishonest bullshit.

    They are not the same hobby and they never going to be. I have 0 interest in tabletop gaming, never had, never will, and so do a lot, if not the majority of (video) gamers, and your coverage of video games compared to tabletop would be a 99% to 1% ratio. If you covered video games and tabletop equally I wouldn’t visit here, I’m not fond of sites that don’t specialize, one of the reasons I never really visited The Escapist. If you’re gonna start to, good for you, but don’t pretend that it was an ongoing thing already.

    Sorry but this ‘gaming industry’ comment really ticked me off, as if there is such a thing, the real reason you’re posting this, beyond any personal connection, is because whether you are aware of it or not, you’re part of the culture war that’s started since Gamergate, and you’re fighting on the anti-SJW side, heck that’s why a lot of us came here in the first place.

    As far as the topic itself?

    I don’t give a shit, if there’s something illegal going here contact the authorities. If this is another front of the culture war, of defaming the SJW company because they banned our guy, I still don’t give a shit. I don’t deal in petty bullshit, I vote with my wallet, and as I don’t give a shit about MtG or tabletop in general, it would be mighty dishonest of me to start giving a crap now, because ‘my’ side of the ‘war’ needs the support or whatever.

  • Matt

    What is this garbage? The author is not cogent in his thoughts, almost using red herring fallacies mixed with colorful hyperbole to derive conclusions. Plus his assumptions could be taken as libelous as when describing what a coincidence that it would be Prajzner first incidence of child pornography misconduct when the authorities caught him. Perhaps is his assumption is correct, but unfortunately we live in a country where you’re innocent until proven guilty and the author didn’t prove anything, just assumed. I’m sorry, but all I got out of this article was a desperate author who is looking to piggyback on an unfortunate finding of pedophilia in a community by publishing a poor quality article filled with “conclusions” based off assumptions.

  • Jessie_Pinkman

    So given that this is such a sensitive subject, you should be applying a lot more editorial integrity. The article fails journalistic standards on so many fronts and reads as a smear piece on Wizards of the Coast and their judge program. You ought to show a little more concern that your site will get shut down with a cease and desist order for propagating misinformation that could be damaging to their business. Mr. Colagiovanni only provides information from one source, Jeremy Hambly and Mr. LaPlante. It is strange that Mr. LaPlante would have such a beef with Mr. Prajzner that he would go digging in his background information after the event. Mr. Prajzner was 38th after 7 rounds so considering that Mr. LaPlante had been paired with him it can be safely assumed that neither was in contention for top 8 or even prizes. So what was his motivation to cause such a disturbance that he had to be disqualified? Mr. Colagiovanni provides no other sources on this matter. He doesn’t bother to get quotes from the head judge of the event or the tournament organizer. If they were contacted and refused to respond, Mr. Colagiovanni could state this but he doesn’t. He doesn’t seek comments directly from Wizards of the Coast, nor does he show any attempt to contact the judge program to see if Mr. Prajzner is still certified as a judge. DCI membership does not equal being qualified as a judge. A head judge ruling in favor of Mr. Prajzner does not equal conspiracy. So far this article amounts to a smear on a man who was convicted and served his time, Wizards of the Coast, and the DCI judging program. The links Mr. Colagiovanni attempts to make to prove there is a conspiracy are so lacking in logic they are laughable. And what is going on in the last two paragraphs? You are being irresponsible as an editor allowing this garbage article to be published on your website.

  • Travis Laplante

    Buddy, you seem to be a little over obsessed with commenting on every tv show that’s come out the last few years. Perhaps get out of the basement and spend a little bit of time as a member of society, it will help a great deal with your anger issues.

    The fact that you make a statement like “this man did his times and paid his dues ” is just insane. It was a violation of probation just to be near a magic tournament, let alone judging one.

    Defending Anthony weiner, ross Prajzner, who else do you look up to Roman polanski, Harvey weinstein? You are one Disturbed kid.

  • Asu

    I still remember when I sent Niche Gamer a link about that Rayman composer doing a kickstarter, which is a more of a gaming news, just got told that you’ll check it out…
    And now I see some tabletop gossip…

  • chaoguy

    Check out https://twitter.com/TheQuartering/ and his youtube videos so far, he’s up to a dozen.

  • chaoguy

    Oh not at all. I just think some people are assuming the content of the article is false because of how it’s written, or outright paid bots/shills to distract and downplay the issue.
    Also, there’s more than just 2 people: https://twitter.com/TheQuartering/ Check out this guy’s work and youtube channel.

  • chaoguy

    You start with an emotional insult because you know you have no evidence to refute the key point: Pedophiles working at a place where they would interact with children.
    By the way, you state an example of someone downloading child porn and get fired from work- except this hasn’t happened with the judges- and the many more https://twitter.com/TheQuartering/ has found.
    Irrelevant of how it was discovered, the information is trying to be quashed by Wizards of the Coast (The Quartering’s original Youtube channel got slammed by mass flags after posting videos to expose the information).

    What do you call it when a group of people work together for a goal, usually in secret or in a clandestine nature? A conspiracy.
    Here’s one you can answer- why is it acceptable to have multiple pedo judge at a children’s card game event?

  • chaoguy

    What does your comment have to do with anything?
    Are you implying because there are some pedophiles there’s no point in firing the ones working at Wizards of the Coast?!

  • Colin Kent

    So even though WotC and the Judge Program knew about known sex offenders playing, judging events and holding positions of power in situations involving children… they did nothing? This level of negligence is criminal.

    To those who shoot down the idea of doing background checks I say this: safeguarding the most vulnerable people in society is not a zero sum game, they won’t take away our card game if these checks are implemented. Those who apologise for this company and group should be ashamed that they are putting their cardboard based hobby over the safety of children.

  • Himegami Aisa

    Ross Prajzner is a subhuman piece of shit, yes, but where the fuck is the conspiracy?
    From what I can piece together from this dog’s breakfast of a post, he was convicted of child porn charges in 2013, pissed off LaPlante years later after a sperg argument during a match got LaPlante booted, and subsequently LaPlante went digging up dirt on him. LaPlante then contacted some judges, they said they’d look into it, and some time later he was removed as a judge on their site.

    Where’s the cover-up? Where’s the gross incompetence? The article baselessly asserts that someone must have known, and yet doesn’t even attempt to demonstrate this. Was he dogged by rumours at some point before LaPlante found his convictions? You go into some ramble about all his buddies and accomplices on the inside, but is there even a shred of evidence this is the case? That they didn’t keep LaPlante posted? The only incompetent thing I see is that he hasn’t been banned yet (though it hasn’t even been established that he has attended any tournament since), and while that is troubling, it’s hardly evidence for some grand conspiracy. If the contention of this articles was “WotC needs to do background checks on its judges and sort itself out with the attendees”, it would have a fair point. As it stands, it’s just a melodramatic mess.

  • chaoguy

    “Don’t talk about pedos being near little children or you’ll get shut down!”
    Nice subtle threat.
    Also, Hambly has answered most of the questions you propose. When asked, Wizards of the Coast pull full denial, despite evidence saying otherwise:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CArrK_l234g

    You are still missing the key point:
    – The proof that these people are pedophiles is real and undoctored.
    – Wizards of The Coast; despite dealing with something this sensitive that could get them shut down via outcry or at the very least damage their business, decide to keep proven and convicted pedophiles on board, working near children.

    Whether the information was found out due to a player mad he lost, an insider exposing this, or from the ether- the outcome is the same.

    Now- why do you think it’s OK to have pedos hang around little kids?
    Why are you so dedicated to trying to consensus crack the comment section into believing this is all false?

  • This is why All pedos need the death sentence.

  • chaoguy

    Physical games- board games, tabletop RPGs, trading card games, etc. Are also called “gaming”. A bit confusing I admit, as some use the word to only apply to video games, physical games, or both.

    I slightly agree- not with how you said it- but some of the spirit of it. It applies better to Niche as another example of a geek hobby where nepotism at a large company that is pushing a progressive agenda is keeping some pretty hypocritical skeletons in the closet.

    I don’t agree with you standing by the sidelines when someone is being censored, but I understand you not wanting to get involved when it’s not your hobby.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    NAMBLA: The Gathering

  • chaoguy

    God damn, thanks for the detective work!
    So in theory:
    – It’s a pedo defender, who comments on popular TV stuff to look normal.
    – It’s a Wizards of the Coast defender, who comments on popular TV stuff to look normal.
    – Someone who really, really likes modern TV, and is defending these people out of ideological incentive or even outright payment.

  • ZeDude

    So even though WotC and the Judge Program knew about known sex offenders playing, judging events and holding positions of power in situations involving children… they did nothing? This level of negligence is criminal.To those who shoot down the idea of doing background checks I say this: safeguarding the most vulnerable people in society is not a zero sum game, they won’t take away our card game if these checks are implemented

  • chaoguy

    It is illegal for a convicted pedophile to be near children.
    Prajzner continued to be near children- as a judge at Magic The Gathering events- after his conviction.
    He has not been charged, and Wizards of the Coast have kept him employed.
    This guy: https://twitter.com/TheQuartering has also found it’s more than just two pedo judges.
    Why are WotC not firing pedophiles?
    Why has no one reported it to the authorities?
    This usually suggests he is protected or some blinding ignorance on his employers and colleges.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    Thanks for hosting this; it’s articles like these that are the most important, even if it’s a depressing sign of the times.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    “Journalistic standards,” what, like accepting money for reviews? Blaming the election on russian “hackers?”

    Give me a break you disgusting pedophile.

  • bedwa

    Thank you again for covering this. I’ve been following Jeremy’s coverage of this since his ban from WOTC and now with this going on and the laundry list of these predators concerns me as a father of two (6 and 11) and as someone who has invested over 20 years of my life into this game (Over half my life). It pains me trying to even go to an event that is at a store and with a judge I trust, because it ultimately supports the system that supports these people who crawled out of the swamp ridden cesspool that they appeared from.

  • Himegami Aisa

    If there’s a question of illegality, then it’s a police matter, not any of this internet drama.
    What evidence is there that he’s still employed by WotC? He could still be for all I know, but the article just tells us that before WotC was contacted he was listed as a judge and he no longer is, which seems to point away from that conclusion. Are judges even employed in the first place? Why nobody has reported it to the authorities is a question for everyone. There still is nothing that suggests he is being shielded by WotC, but if there is, I’m happy to look at it. It looks from that twitter page that there’ve been other pedos in the tabletop gaming community (shocker), but if there’s something I should be looking at in particular, post it.

  • Prof. Faust

    “The Three Laws of SJW are these:

    1. SJWs always lie.
    2. SJWs always double down.
    3. SJWs always project.”

    — Vox Day, SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police.

    Wow! Did you represent all three laws, Soak Ed?

  • chaoguy

    No one has been fired or left over accusations of pedophilia (as mentioned in other videos by TheQuartering).
    It doesn’t matter if they’re employed or a guest- they are not allowed near children for any reason.
    As you said- why HASN’T the authorities done anything about it? Why did no one in WoTC or the MtG community report this?
    Why- when there is legal documentation proving they have a pedophile, did WoTC do nothing about it?

  • Prof. Faust

    It’s a conspiracy of negligence and passing the buck, sure. WotC intervenes in petty internet squabbles before carrying out due diligence. I’d hate to be a shareholder right now.

  • Prof. Faust

    This is corporate malfeasance at its most base.

  • Himegami Aisa

    Then THAT is what this article needs to show. If there’s actual evidence that they are permitting and tolerating known pedophiles at these events, then I want them to show it, because it’s a disgrace. Nothing will come of sloppy videos and articles that just assert things that can be easily shrugged off, they need to be confronted with evidence of wrongdoing. Not trying to make out Colagiovanni et al. are in the wrong somehow, just they need to step it up.

  • disqus_KKnbQz0tRh

    So just to check the evidence of the cover up is because no one got back to the person that made the initial report?

    You provide no evidence that after he was reported he was still judging within the community (the anniversary page you show images of is a fan run program not official) whilst its right that he should be DCI banned when wizards were made aware of the conviction there is no prof of a cover up in the judge program in the evidence you give in the article

    the facts of your sources in this as well are to be believed 100% because “they are friends of mine and have no reason to fabricate it” when quoting someone who has said they have a vendetta against wizards and someone who thinks they were wronged by a judge for not siding with them over a cheating claim. Come on that’s just sloppy weather the source is right or not

    I want to ask you the same question I have about this all along, we background check judges fine, who’s background check do we use the USA, UK, Japan? The laws for child protection and what is legal in some countries is not legal in others yet a judge qualification covers you internationally. Does it not make more sense that as wizard’s have said themselves individual stores and events should follow their local laws regarding child protection because i can say now if i have a CRB check (UK police background check that is required to volunteer around children) it wouldn’t be valid in the US? But lets forget that side entirely, we start screening every single judge on application, then any judge that commits a crime and doesn’t report (as the one in your article would of done) then you still have the problem you are complaining about now of a judge with a record around children. But lets forget any of this is an issue at all and your checking a judge weekly for background checks, whats to stop someone with a sex offence conviction going to FNM when no one knows, are we now background checking for every single FNM?

    The sad fact of this is you can cry and shout and be outraged but no matter what wizard’s do and what players do there will be people in the background somewhere. I’m not saying steps cant be taken to make things better but they have to be done at a store and event lvl its not a problem that can be fixed on a global lvl with one new rule

    Now that technicalities are out the way, think twice about the way you talk about accused, and convicted sex offenders, as someone that has had a family member be sexually abused as a child, have a completely different member of the family be married to a registered pedophile and have a close friend falsely accused of pedophilia this kind of rhetoric does more harm than good. In the same way as we say homosexuality is not a choice pedophilia is not a choice ACTING ON IT IS, yes they have broken the law, yes they should be punished, yes they should follow the consequences after their time is served (in their restrictions as to what they can or cant do) but they should not have their life removed from them and they should be allowed to fix the errors they have made. If someone commits a burglary they have broken the law, they knew it was wrong but they are allowed to carry on after their punishment is served, this should be treated the same. Time and again victims of pedophilia have come out and said the way their abuser is treated afterwards makes them pause about coming forwards and speaking out. Somebody that has been convicted is not necessarily “out there stalking your children” as you try and imply

  • The Deuce

    The Pedophile Defense Force has arrived, I see.

  • The Deuce

    Jessie Pinkman’s “this man did his times and paid his dues” comment is especially creepy. That shows that it’s not really that he thinks this story is false, or that his priorities are wrong and he’s just trying to defend Wizards Of The Coast.

    No, Jessie is ideologically and emotionally committed to the idea that pedophiles should be allowed near children, provided they’ve “paid their dues.* That, at base, is why he’s obsessively commenting all over these threads. It doesn’t take a Trump-level stable genius to figure out why that might be.

    Btw, a pedophile who’s still breathing oxygen hasn’t paid their dues yet.

  • snugdarkly

    ……………*coughs*

  • snugdarkly

    People should simply not market games to children. Problem solved! Children are a shitty audience anyway. Profitable sure, but god their tastes are so bad.

  • snugdarkly

    What long debunked narrative are you speaking of?

  • Jared Ouimette

    Then don’t read the article you whiny faggot.

  • random

    Wow that’s a whole lot of proof right there.

  • random

    Maximum edge.

  • random

    These kinds of articles are exactly why this site will never go anywhere, the opinion articles are all about personal vendettas and grievances.

    The law system is fucked up and sometimes doesn’t hand out the punishment’s it should but just because you disagree with the sentence, that doesn’t give you the license to hound this guy to the edge of the earth. Target the process, not the person.

  • Matthew

    “you should be applying a lot more editorial integrity. The article fails journalistic standards on so many fronts and reads as a smear piece on Wizards of the Coast and their judge program.”

    LOL no it really doesn’t. All the claims are not just verified, but demonstrated in this very article.

    There is nothing in it that fails to live up to journalistic standards, heck it demonstrates both better journalistic investigative skills & journalistic standards than even mainstream media are currently doing.

    “You ought to show a little more concern that your site will get shut down with a cease and desist order for propagating misinformation ”

    Except that’s not how cease & desist orders work & there is no misleading information in this article, everything in this article is demonstrably true.

  • Mechonis

    So ignoring the bad grammar. Ignoring people complaining it’s not an article on ‘muh 2B butt so niche!”. This is a serious issue of a popular crossover interest for some gamers. Sadly it will ultimately serve as an awareness article and nothing will be accomplished but still good to see it put out I believe.

    Don’t deny a serious issue because “lol I don’t care”. Then don’t read the article. Children are still put in danger here and idgaf if I sound like a “for the children “ asshat, this is for the fucking kids being put at risk of having their life permanently fucked over a simple hobby. Go find a fucking anime titty kusoge title to make puns at then if you’re offended

  • Matthew

    “If children are going to these events that are being presided over CONVICTED (i can’t stress this point enough) pedophiles, then I would be fucking concerned if I was with WotC.”

    No such thing as a convicted paedophile, you can be a convicted child molester, you can be a convicted child pornographer, you can’t be a convicted paedophile as it’s not actually a crime, since all western legal systems have ruled it’s immoral to charge people with thought crimes.

    Same way you can be a convicted murderer, a convicted rapist, but you can’t be a convicted deep space 9 fan.

    And yes, WotC should be really very concerned about having convicted child pornographers in the judge program.

  • grgspunk

    Newsflash: I couldn’t give two fucks about the “most vulnerable” members out there. More damage has been done to the gaming industry in the name of these underaged fucktards than there has been good.

    Putting a poorly written article incriminating someone of serious wrongdoing like engaging in a “pedophile conspiracy” on a news site like this is no laughing matter. It can do a lot of damage to the site’s credibility and reputation, not to mention inadvertently ruin someone’s life if proven false.

  • grgspunk

    I’d rather have my gaming community harbor 50,000 formerly conviced sex offender-registered real-life child molesters, child pornographers and child sex traffickers over a single SJW or alt-right censorship defending asswipe out there.

    At least I can be assured that the IRL kid-fuckers won’t fuck with my games for political purposes.

  • grgspunk

    You speak my mind, my man.

  • grgspunk

    Can’t you at least proofreed his article to make it somewhat more readable before putting it up, or at least someone to verify Lou’s claims instead of just taking his word for it?

  • PChandler

    >viable a piece in gaming news as the latest release of the next big video game for example
    >gaming news… release of the next big video game

    Unless it’s a story about brownshirts, aka SJW’s, trying to pollute tabletop ‘gaming’ with their projective bigoted, intolerant and hateful politics, like they’ve tried with gaming and anything else now. Or a story about one/several ‘prominent’/noisy ones caught in an act of moral duplicity, double standards and hypocrisy which is a given with them at any time, then it’s not really gaming related at all.

    Table top gaming, casino gaming, comics, Warhammer, Revell, Tamiya model painting, amateur rocketry…etc. To name a few different hobbies and activities, just because there have been games about those, or a there’s a current connection due to IPs like with Warhammer and SEGA, doesn’t really make it video game related per se. There were, are and will be video games about casino games, like poker or slot machines, yet I don’t see any info about that here, same for pachinko. Tabletop gaming is its own big thing, like comics, let it be.

    I didn’t read all of it, but from a quick look, it all seems related to the United States of America third world country’s law, justice and policial system, take that from someone who is from a third world country. Last week I found out about The Return of the Living Dead’s Brian Peck’s past, he actually raped underage boys, he even admitted to the crimes, yet he was released when he should have been locked FOREVER, he should have been given life in prison. Meanwhile, you fine and might jail people over the use of Waze like in Leonia, NJ; You clearly had and continue to have a problem, but it’s not video game, or table top gaming related, the problem runs deep in the US, DEEP in its DNA, regardless of political affiliation and state, it goes beyond any hobbies and activities. You basically incarcerate people, abuse/misuse laws, and outlaw stuff that shouldn’t and let go people that should be incarcerated, even for life. This happens world-wide, of course, but in the US more often than not, at higher rate than elsewhere, it is the norm not the exception.

  • InkViper

    Yet, unironically wherever the SJW’s infiltrate and infest a hobby inevitably the pedophiles and sexual harasses inevitably follow!

  • EroBotan

    the game industry is invested by the same type of people. You know those people who always claim that they’re protecting women & kids and proceed to demand games to be censored, the left leaning game journalist who hate games & gamers.

  • Hector

    @Arenegeth said, “this conflation of video games with tabletop gaming as if they are the same thing is dishonest bullshit.”
    That would have been true 15 years ago, but Magic has become an eSport first and a tabletop game second. This means that, by definition, Magic is a video game first. That makes your argument false or in your words “dishonest bullshit”.

  • grgspunk

    Note the fact that I didn’t say “pedophiles”. I said child molesters/pornographers/traffickers–Ones with real criminal histories of abusing children, rather than just having a personal hard-on for kids or writing some article questioning the merits of CP laws.

    Unfortunately, you morons can’t tell the difference.

  • DukeofAnarchy .

    How is it news? Someone once owned some dirty pictures. He’s already been subjected to persecution and undeserved punishment by the state. Now you want to join in and ruin the guy’s life over nothing. It’s utterly despicable and wicked. F*** you.

  • Jessie_Pinkman

    How much is Jeremy paying you to be so far up his ass he could ask you to do a colonoscopy for him? Funny a guy who only comments on Niche Gamer telling someone else to get out of the basement. I didn’t say the article was false, I said it was a hatchet job. But if you’re okay with dredging up someone else’s past, give us your real name and ssn and let’s see what dirt and criminal record we can dredge up on you? BTW, Prajzner’s been banned by the DCI.

  • InkViper

    Oh so what’s this! the not all pedophiles argument… Get the fuck out of here, you piece of human trash.

  • Shattno

    God damn, what a fucking creep.

  • James Loanes

    This article offers more journalism than CNN provides for most of their “news” stories.

  • James Loanes

    I have seen pedophiles at Magic, I was a kid at the time so I really did not understand what I was seeing. This was when I first started playing the game. An older guy would come in with a very young girl and they had some awkward sexual interaction and talk.

  • grgspunk

    I’ll take having human trash like kid-fuckers in vidya over pretentious, politically-obsessed fucktards like you.

    Censorship in gaming is always based concern over IRL issues like “teh children”.

  • InkViper

    Your a disingenuous cunt, and don’t fucking talk to me about censorship, when this is about keeping dangerous scumbags away from kids in person, and not media content.

  • grgspunk

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You think I was born yesterday, you little pretentious bitch?

    You “pedo-hunting” fucktards are always the same. You want to keep the “dangerous” scumbags away from the children, so you decide to start a witch hunt in the community. It seems like a sound idea at first, but then you invite a shitload of more fucktards who then get this brilliant idea that if you treat fictional content like moe or lolicon as the same as IRL child porn, you’ll keep the pedos away even more.

    The next thing you know, you will be promoting censorship of our games and weeb media, just like the left-wing SJWs and the right-wing bible-thumpers before you. All in the name of protecting the children.

    Whenever a sensitive topic like “teh children” are involved, the discussion will ALWAYS devolve from child safety to controlling media content.

    Fuck that shit. I’d rather have a few thousand thugs raping kids in my community than risk having my games/media compromised by crusading, moralistic dipshits like you.

  • chaoguy

    You’ve called this story false in other comments (libelous even- something that can only occur with a fake claim).
    Being anonymous is great- it means you have to rely on the argument and rebuttals- not character assassination like you tried there and on several other comments. If you think Niche Gamer is full of basement-dwellers, why come here? Why defend WotC if the story is so blatantly “libelous” as you claim it is?

    Or do you prefer going to the Magic The Gathering fan sites like you usually do?

  • InkViper

    “You self-proclaimed “pedo-hunting” fucktards are always the same. You want to keep the “dangerous” scumbags away from the children IRL, so you decide to start a witch hunt in the community. It seems like a sound idea at first, but then you invite a shitload of more fucktards who then get this brilliant idea that if you treat fictional content like moe or lolicon as the same as IRL child porn, you’ll keep the pedos away even more.”

    Your fucking paranoid! Listen to yourself. This has nothing to do with video game content, this is to do with running background checks on judges at competitions, for a physical card game!

    “The next thing you know, you will be promoting censorship of our games and weeb media, just like the left-wing SJWs and the right-wing bible-thumpers before you. All in the name of “protecting the children”.”

    Are you fucking kidding me, there are 10° of separation between media content and what’s going on in the MTG community! For instance if a kid plays a game with inappropriate content in it, how would that ever put them in contact with a pedophile, they wouldn’t therefore any argument that censorship protects children from pedophiles is laughable, but if a child goes to a MTG competition then there’s potential for them to come into close proximity to convicted and registered child sex offenders, especially as the background checks are not being run on personnel running these events! Which has been proven through the work of Jeremy in his recent videos. All you’re doing is making a illogical, emotional argument, not based in reality. And you will certainly not find anyone on niche gamer and especially myself that will ever advocate for game censorship, ever.

    “Whenever a sensitive topic like “teh children” are involved, the discussion will ALWAYS devolve from child safety to censoring media content. You fuckwits will have no control over yourselves, as the entire goddamned concept of “protecting the children” has practically become an emotionally-driven political ideology in and of itself.”

    First protect the children is a biologically driven imperative, and anyone who uses that as a political ideology doesn’t last long on the site, so stop throwing that fucking straw man argument around! And as the circumstances are quite clear that this has nothing to do with the content of the media, but a serious issue with running background checks on people to perform a physical function at license events, this is never going to degenerate into that type of rhetoric where media content needs to be censored.

    “Fuck that shit. I’d rather have a few thousand thugs get away with raping kids in my fandom than risk having my games/media compromised by crusading, moralistic dipshits like you.”

    I rather just have all the SJW’s and pedophiles taken out into the field and shot in the back of the head, that way I don’t have to worry about people wanting to censor video games or molesting children! But the type of rhetoric you’ve been throwing around about that you would allow children to be harmed, makes me think you might be a part of the latter group getting the bullet! Is that the case, are you a child fiddler?

  • grgspunk

    “Your fucking paranoid! Listen to yourself. This has nothing to do with video game content, this is to do with running background checks on judges at competitions, for a physical card game!”

    “Are you fucking kidding me, there are 10° of separation between media content and what’s going on in the MTG community! For instance if a kid plays a game with inappropriate content in it, how would that ever put them in contact with a pedophile, they wouldn’t therefore any argument that censorship protects children from pedophiles is laughable, but if a child goes to a MTG competition then there’s potential for them to come into close proximity to convicted and registered child sex offenders, especially as the background checks are not being run on personnel running these events! Which has been proven through the work of Jeremy in his recent videos. All you’re doing is making a illogical, emotional argument, not based in reality. ”

    No, I’m speaking from experience. You might be of sound judgement and be able to distinguish between “media content” and what’s going on in the gaming or MtG communities, but how can you say for sure anyone else can?

    I’ve seen entire anime/manga/VN communities tear themselves apart over concerns regarding the impact of fictional media promoting pedophilia, and trust me, there are plenty of pretentious assholes that want to fuck with our games/media for the sake of child safety. Who the fuck are you to claim that you represent everyone that simply want to “protect the children” and not come for our games?

    Time and time again, shit like porn (especially hentai) has been repeatedly blamed by assholes who claim to promote harm to children, yet you morons gleefully ignore your own sullied history of pro-censorship bullshit done in the name of protecting the children.

    Would background checks in MtG improve things? Sure, I guess. But what are background checks to me if it also serves to empower assholes in the fandom who might go overboard and try to censor fictional media in the name of “teh children”?

    Just like the fucking SJWs who claim that “we’re not coming for your games”, you Chris Hansen-wannabe fuckwits have done absolutely nothing to reassure anybody that you don’t plan on fucking with fictional media in the name of “protecting the children”.

    “And you will certainly not find anyone on niche gamer and especially myself that will ever advocate for game censorship, ever.”

    You just found one right here, buddy. I’d have no problems banning/censoring games like Lady Killer in a Bind or any of the Call of Duty titles if it means I can drive out SJWs and alt-right assholes from my videogame market and deter them from fucking with the titles that I enjoy.

    If I can gleefully promote censorship of a game here, so can others.

    “First protect the children is a biologically driven imperative, and anyone who uses that as a political ideology doesn’t last long on the site, so stop throwing that fucking straw man argument around! And as the circumstances are quite clear that this has nothing to do with the
    content of the media, but a serious issue with running background checks on people to perform a physical function at license events, this is never going to degenerate into that type of rhetoric where media content needs to be censored.”

    Oh, that’s funny. It’s not a political issue and anyone that uses it as such doesn’t last on this site, yet how the hell do you explain legions of fuckers here commenting on this very article attributing the presence of pedophilia to specific partisan political stance?

    Do I seriously need to quote your own fucking post?

    “Yet, unironically wherever the SJW’s infiltrate and infest a hobby inevitably the pedophiles and sexual harasses inevitably follow!”

    Damn, you’ve got a short-ass memory if I haven’t seen one.

    “I rather just have all the SJW’s and pedophiles taken out into the field and shot in the back of the head, that way I don’t have to worry about people wanting to censor video games or molesting children! But the type of rhetoric you’ve been throwing around about that you would allow children to be harmed, makes me think you might be a part of the latter group getting the bullet! Is that the case, are you a child fiddler?”

    I couldn’t give two fucks about who you think I am. I’d rather have every SJW and alt-rightist asshole such as yourself who crusade against my videogames taken out to the field and mowed down with M240B machine guns.

    To add insult to injury, I’d have each machine gun manned by mercenaries who are all convicted child rapists.

    We have to take a stand in deterring fuckwits who keep fucking with fictional media over protecting children at some point or another, so I might as well draw the line here. If kids get harmed in the process of defending vidya from emotionally-driven shitheads such as yourself, then it’s no skin off my nose.

  • Moxie Cooper

    nope learn how to read.