Be Careful What You Write

Though I mentioned it on Twitter, I never did so here: last fall, I applied to a Senior Editor position at Wizards of the Coast. I’m looking to move to Seattle, and hey, is there a better place for a gamer looking to settle in the Emerald City?

Over the last couple months I’ve answered a few questions here and there, and I’ve made it through some rounds of elimination, which makes me feel pretty good about my resume and experience. On Thursday, January 15, I had my phone interview, part of one of the last rounds of interviews from what I was able to gather, done by Chris Perkins. He was very nice, polite and made me feel good during the interview, which was very welcomed seeing how a phone interview can be a bit impersonal. He asked me questions about my editing experience and I answered as well as I could.

Then he says he has a question that may put me a bit on the defensive, which immediately does, of course, though I sought to downplay it. He asks about something I said in a blog post I made back in June, 2008 (D&D 4e GSL), specifically, “Wizards of the Coast continues to become a company that I more and more do not want to support with my dollars.” I answered that yes, at the time I did feel that way due to the circumstances I mentioned in the post, though I had certainly changed my mind, evidenced by my purchase of the 4e core books and my stated desire to play 4e.

We spoke a bit more, the interview finished and we hung up. I felt OK about it (not great, but OK) and now it’s just a matter of waiting.

I found it interesting, and a bit creepy (an opinion shared by an ex-WotC employee I contacted for tips before the interview – no names now), that they went digging around my blog for mentions of WotC/Wizards of the Coast. I understand it, and it makes me wonder how widespread is this practice. I don’t know that my comment from 6 months ago hurt me now, and I make no apologies for being honest on my own blog and standing by my opinions as stated at any given time, based on the information I had at the time. But it does make me very much more aware of what I write now, because now I know, for sure, it can come back to the forefront in the future.

There’s a lesson there for all RPG bloggers: write what you may, but be ready to defend words you wrote if you seek to translate your gaming blogging into anything within the RPG industry.

And for the record, I didn’t get the Senior Editor job.

2 comments

  1. Yikes, that was kinda scary. Makes me want to reconsider WotC as my dream place to get a job in. But with all these recent stuff happening right now, it should have left my list a long time ago.

    At least, you aren’t doing too bad or something unrelated to what you like right now. (I don’t suppose WotC would ever give you the chance to travel and game at the same time, would they?)

    Questing GM’s last blog post..Word of Wizards – Wizards of the Coast Sues Eight For Copyright Infringement and Halts PDF Sales.

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