BOSTON, MA – Arkham Files’ publisher Fantasy Flight Games came under heavy criticism yesterday for its portrayal of the lives of African-Americans in the 1920’s and Yog-Sothoth.
“It’s like they’re walking around with blinders on trying to make this game,” said disgruntled fan Eric Froese. “I understand they are wanting to make a unique narrative, but can we get some historical accuracy in here, please?”
Froese pointed to Constance Dumaine from The Path to Carcosa as an example. “There’s no way an African-American woman in 1925 would be independently wealthy enough to host such a racially-diverse dinner party. We’re talking about America during the height of Jim Crow and the KKK. It’s as though FFG was completely ignorant to the fucking hellscape of racism that awaited black Americans as soon as they stepped out their front door and instead decided to just throw them haphazardly into this narrative like race didn’t even matter.”
Froese splayed out more cards on the table that showed black people doing things they would never be able to do due to racism in the 1920’s, such as taking the initiative, playing a trumpet, and working as a solicitor. “Look, all I’m saying is if we don’t acknowledge our historical realities of racism, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes of being just as racist!” Froese said, pounding his fists on his desk.
“And what about Yog-Sothoth? Why does he deal so much horror?” added Tina Gundy, who holds a BA in History from Pepperdine University. “What’s that even supposed to represent from a mechanical perspective? Is it his outrage over racism, sexism and, let’s face it, homophobia that plagued 1920’s America? Yeah, now that’s a side of the story the snowflakes at FFG would never tell you!”
“Frankly, Yog-Sothoth did a lot of good for the community as well, and that’s not touched on whatsoever,” said Gundy. When pressed to provide an example of one good thing Yog-Sothoth has done for anyone, Gundy said that maybe if FFG didn’t have such a stranglehold grip on the flow of information, she would be able to think of something.