MLK comes to Heroes

When games masters (GM) have players who do something they don’t expect and they have to figure out how to respond, i call it “playing off the page”.  Because the GM has to make up what happens then, without the pre-designed script.  Robust games masters design elaborate worlds with many secret hatches and passage ways, so that characters who stroll off the page can gently wrap around and come back onto the page again.  Lazy GMs live off the page and just always wing it.  You can guess where i land.


In my somewhat unusual prepping today for the Heroes educational fantasy role playing game i decided i wanted to put in a bunch of questions about MLK.  The form was to get the players to identify the one thing on the long list which was something which was not a characteristic of King.  For example, i choose these quotes:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

But the quote which spoke to me most powerfully was:

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

[From Brainy Quote]

King was arrested 29 times

King was arrested 29 times

Before my little research i did not know King had won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 1971.  But more importantly i did not know that the New York Times reports that the US government has been convicted in the conspiracy to kill King, including paying a Memphis cop $100K to assassinate king and make sure there were no police on the site.

But even more important than all this was the way he changed the lives of African Americans in this country.  And for this he deserves at least a holiday.


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2 responses to “MLK comes to Heroes”

  1. North Star says :

    The U.S. Government was not “convicted” of any conspiracy to kill MLK. The article relates that the family did initiate a civil suit against a restaurant owner seeking $100 in damages. The only person convicted of King’s assassination was one James Earl Ray.

    Don’t sully the message of Martin Luther King, Jr., with mindless conspiracy theories or anti-government rhetoric. His message is plain and straightforward, for all who want to listen.

    • paxus says :

      Dearest North Star:

      You are half right. The Government was not convicted, it was implicated. I get you think nothing the line “After four weeks of testimony and one hour of deliberation, the jury in the wrongful-death case found that Loyd Jowers as well as ”others, including governmental agencies” had been part of a conspiracy.” From the TImes report. i will correct the article as you suggest, but not eliminate the courts findings, just because they are not consistent with your views.

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