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[TRENCHES] Thursday, July 10, 2014 - The Gatekeeper

GethGeth LegionPerseus VeilRegistered User, Moderator, Penny Arcade Staff, Vanilla Staff vanilla
edited July 2014 in The Penny Arcade Hub
The Gatekeeper


The Gatekeeper
http://trenchescomic.com/comic/post/the-gatekeeper

Pen and Paper Pirates

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When I was in community college a group of friends were impressed by my ability at data entry, copying large swaths from hard copy pen and paper rule books to electronic format for private use in campaigns. They approached me and offered me a chance to work on an RPG they were developing, and I eagerly jumped at the chance. Without having yet signed a contract I did some preliminary work to show that I could produce, and in turn was promised that there would be a contract forthcoming.

This was, of course, in my indiscreet youth and I fully accept it was my mistake to work without a contract but these were friends and why would friends ever lead you wrong? (More on this later) So when the weeks turned to months I had reached a peak: I couldn’t produce more work without input, nor could they it seemed give me more input without work. And this while they were starting to take pre orders presumably in cash. I confided in one of my associates about my doubts in the success of the product. I know now this is also unprofessional behavior, but at the time I was deeply concerned because my eye was on that fat writing credit.

I was never formally informed I was let go until weeks later when I got pushy about why my e-mails and phone calls weren’t being received. Still, knowing I had not a leg to stand on, I decided to be a champ and let them have what I had produced. I wished them luck and moved on to still higher education, eventually going to the state campus. Fast Forward to this year. The head of the company was in a car accident and while he was crashing on a friend’s couch he proceeded to clean the poor guy out of food and money before being thrown out. This entrepreneur then spread disinformation and lies about my friend for no clear reason other than because he could. The RPG supposedly going to be on Kickstarter soon, but somehow I’m glad I’m not working for a thief and liar.

I now work for a small press RPG company with proven product lines under contract.


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  • streeverstreever Registered User regular
    Love the art on this, especially the opening panel in silhouette!

  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    This one legitimately made me laugh :) (esp the last panel)

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  • Gamer8585Gamer8585 Registered User regular
    Ya know if he didn't admit he stole the uniform it would be totally believable that he was a TSA agent (probably why no one really calls him on it).

  • TryCatcherTryCatcher Registered User regular
    ...it was my mistake to work without a contract but these were friends and why would friends ever lead you wrong?

    That mistake also happens with family, and is common on all fields. Contracts matter.

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  • s73v3rs73v3r Registered User regular
    You know what I can never understand? Why people think letting someone get away with fucking them over is "noble", or that letting them get away with it is "being a champ". All this does is reinforce to the asshole that this is perfectly acceptable behavior, and encourages them to do it too the next guy.

  • TryCatcherTryCatcher Registered User regular
    edited July 2014
    A misguided sense of altruism.

    Also, some rationalization to deal with shitty jobs on the global economy that is everything except recovering. People need to eat and a roof.

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  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    Reading that tale was really painful. Very badly written.

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  • streeverstreever Registered User regular
    s73v3r wrote: »
    You know what I can never understand? Why people think letting someone get away with fucking them over is "noble", or that letting them get away with it is "being a champ". All this does is reinforce to the asshole that this is perfectly acceptable behavior, and encourages them to do it too the next guy.

    They are just rationalizing the fact that they don't have a choice. For many people, there is no other option; there isn't another job where they'll be respected and well-paid. They are literally just trying to survive, but that's not a story that is easy to live with, you know?

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