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Adam Koebel is making some more drama. Indie RPG publisher Luke Crane is cashing in on the current popularity of small indie games on Kickstarter, and he proposed a collection book with a whole bunch of indie authors--including Koebel. The other designers weren't aware of this, and enough of them backed out of the project, so that the project was cancelled. (I should mention that Luke is pretty high up on Kickstarter, like a VP of the division or something.)

r/HobbyDrama has a good synpsis of it from start to finish here.

And speaking of cancelled:

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IAmNotAlpharius

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Adam Koebel is making some more drama. Indie RPG publisher Luke Crane is cashing in on the current popularity of small indie games on Kickstarter, and he proposed a collection book with a whole bunch of indie authors--including Koebel. The other designers weren't aware of this, and enough of them backed out of the project, so that the project was cancelled. (I should mention that Luke is pretty high up on Kickstarter, like a VP of the division or something.)

r/HobbyDrama has a good synpsis of it from start to finish here.

And speaking of cancelled:

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[Tabletop RPG] The tragic Ballad of Adam Koebel, the Fallen Paladin of Social Justice.

**Author's Word:** Unfortunately many of the tweets involved are no longer accessible because, between yesterday and today, [Adam Koebel deleted his entire Twitter account](https://twitter.com/skinnyghost). It's apparently [just a huge coincidence](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6gt6t/), linked to some [*other* drama](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6hay5/) involving Koebel, but... yeah, what a timing, eh?

All of the tweets that were lost to time have been replaced with archived versions that, while not perfect, should hopefully be enough to give you an accurate idea for the sake of the story.

##**Prologue: Of Dungeons and Dramas.**

Gather round, boys and girls and those who fit either both or neither categories, and let me tell you a story. It is a story of a rise and fall, of anger, of disappointment, and of much Twitter angst. It is the tale of one of the swiftest and most thorough career deaths in the history of tabletop gaming. It is the tale of [Adam Koebel](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLWfDzbVYAMWXca.jpg).

As a content warning, if you're not comfortable with descriptions of (fictional, nonhuman) sexual assault, this is not the story for you. As an author warning, I will tell you right now that I'll be doing my best to focus on the facts, but there is only so much one can do. I will not pretend to actually be an impartial observer. Feel free to seek out other versions of events after reading this if you want.

So, some background. I assume most people here are familiar with at least the basic idea of tabletop RPGs, but if you aren't, here's the summary: Tabletop RPGs are basically make-believe with rules. People sit around a table, create a character, and then go on merry adventures. Making said world is the task of arguably the most important player, the Game Master (Dungeon Master for D&D). He makes the world, controls the people the players interact with, basically everything that isn't controlled by the other players. People play RPGs to have a good time with their friends, but unfortunately sometimes things don't work out that way.

##**Chapter the First: The rise of Sir Adam of Koebel.**

Now, with that basic context, let us introduce the protagonist of our sad tale. At this point, I need to put a disclaimer: I didn't particularly follow Adam Koebel before the actual events of our story, barring watching a few streams he was a part of, and this section will remain short and sort of vague because they're essentially what I pieced together from what I knew of him, and what I found online.

Mr. Koebel first came to public attention with the release of Dungeon World in 2012, a narrative "rules-light" system he co-created based on Apocalypse World, and hit the ground running from there. The system was a hit, and he managed to successfully leverage the exposure it gave him to establish himself solidly in the RPG online community: he started running live games on Twitch in 2014 for itmeJP, a relatively famous RPG YouTuber, and in 2015 became the "DM in Residence" at Roll20, the biggest online "virtual tabletop" service. Adam Koebel was ascendant.

This level of success came from several things. First, of course, was the street cred that being the co-author of Dungeon World gave him, but that was only the first step. From there, he built up his name as the representative of the growing "socially conscious" side of RPGs. He was the very public spearhead against the white and male domination in RPGs, and actively promoted player agency at the table, better inclusivity of racial/sexual/other minorities, consent tools, and RPGs as a "safe space". **Remember this, this becomes incredibly important later.**

##**EDIT: Chapter the First.Fifth: Cloak and Daggers.**

So, since posting this thread, a member of the community came forward and made me aware of something I didn't know about Adam's rise to power. It's not strictly related to the actual drama, but it did add a layer on top since it all came to light after the relevant events, so I'm adding it in.

Some context: Before there was one GM on itmeJP's Rollplay, there were three. These were Steven Lumpkin, Neal Erickson, and of course, Adam Koebel.

At the time, the channel was still small, and verbal agreements between the GMs and the channel were what held them together. As the channel grew into one of the biggest RPG-related franchises on the net, however, JP decided that it was time to replace these with formal contracts, which the GMs decided were wildly unfair, and banded together to negotiate better contracts as a group. They chose Adam as their representative in negotiations with JP.

The result of this negotiation meeting was Steven and Neal being cut out of any Rollplay work and Adam becoming Rollplay's "Sole GM", Steven and Neal's series were cancelled and they were shown the door. This was a massive shock at the time to fans and the full details didn't emerge for years (basically until Rollplay got cancelled, but that comes later in our story), with both Neal and Steven stepping away on the face of it, willingly because they had "other commitments".

From then on, Rollplay was the Adam show. He ran every series and was the sole IP creator working with Rollplay.

Here are some sources about the whole thing, a full account from [Neal](https://twitter.com/koibu0/status/1275040408221839360) and [Steven](https://twitter.com/Silent0siris/status/1365791214407188480?s=19).

##**Chapter the Second: Non-Consensual Robo-Orgasms.**

As of early 2020, Adam Koebel was at the pinnacle of his prestige. His persona had been firmly cemented, he had a large following of very dedicated fans who subscribed to his ideas regarding inclusivity and consent in RPGs, and he was in a bunch of stuff online, including more livestreamed games. Nothing could have gone wrong for him.

[Enter Far Verona, Season 2, Episode 18](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUoenthEiHA&t=4560s). *(This clip is not for the faint of heart. Even if a description of a sexual assault doesn't bother you, the sheer mortifying train wreck in progress likely will.)*

So, for those who didn't watch, what went wrong? Basically, Adam Koebel was GMing a game on Twitch with some hundreds of viewers when one of the characters, a robotic bartender named Johnny played by Elspeth Eastman (a woman, this is relevant), went to see a "friend" for repairs and upgrades.

To cut a long story short, the character of the mechanic, controlled by Koebel, violated Johnny by forcing an "orgasm" upon him without permission.

If you look at the players during the clip, you can see the horror and unease dawning on their faces as the situation unfolds, even as Adam keeps giggling his way through the description of a non-consensual sexual assault on one of the characters. Though I couldn't find an archive of the live chat, it was in a very similar state to the players: bafflement, unease, disgust. By the end of the scene, poor Johnny never gets a chance to prevent or fight back against the sexual assault, since he has no idea what's going to happen until it happens, and the session ends right afterwards. During the post-session discussion, a laughing Koebel responds to Johnny's horrified player that "robots need love too".

To fully grasp the magnitude of what has just happened, let's review a few things. Adam Koebel, the well-known face of "consent promotion" and safe spaces in Tabletop RPGs, as a male GM, plays out what is clearly a pre-planned scene of nonconsensual sexual assault on one of the female players' characters *(a player who is, by the way, a survivor of sexual assault)* in front of a live audience of hundreds. No agency is given to the player, at no point before or during the scene does Koebel make sure his players, especially the character's player, are fine with this, and on top of that he appears intensely amused by the sexual assault he is orchestrating in his game, even gloating about it afterwards.

Nothing good could come out of this.

##**Chapter the Third: Things go poorly.**

Within a week, the show was put on [indefinite hiatus](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYonGyQiILQ&feature=youtu.be) in an official video on March 31st. On the segment, Koebel blamed a poor implementation of consent tools such as the X-Card (when something you're not comfortable with is going on, you make or say a pre-defined gesture or phrase, or even raise a physical object, and the scene immediately ends and is glossed over) which he himself had actively and vocally championed in the past, and stated that they should have been better discussed and implemented as a group.

This evasive and blame-shifting explanation did not sit so well with Elspeth Eastman, the player in question, who released [a video with her own statement](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y21hx6FEPE) on the matter, stating she was quitting the show, and expressing her dissatisfaction with his apology, both in private to her and in public. To quote her words:

> If you need to have a talk with your cast beforehand that you’re planning on introducing a sexual predator NPC to one of their characters I guarantee you not one person would be OK with that. Especially not in front of hundreds of people. This isn’t a question about what could have prevented it when Adam’s literally the one in charge.

In response, Adam released an [official apology](https://web.archive.org/web/20200405162549/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1246140587725557765) on Twitter the next day. Bear in mind that at this point, it's been over 10 days since the actual incident, and those 10 days have been filled with constant backlash against him, especially after the video he made on the cancellation of Far Verona. At this point the apology is coming very late, only coming out at all because of the backlash, some might say. And it's... still kind of lackluster. While he does take responsibility and apologize, he doesn't ever actually address the fact that he thought it would be okay to run a sexual assault scene, bar an evasive half-sentence, instead saying that he made a "mistake" and blaming his own "internalized issues".

It is worth noting that throughout this whole mess, his core fanbase has never ceased supporting him. Some see in this fact the proof that what he did wasn't so bad after all, while others interpret it as Koebel cultivating a fanbase where he can do no wrong, and where his celebrity acts as a "get out of jail free" card. I will let you make up your own minds.

##**Chapter the Fourth: The cancellation of Good Sir Koebel.**

At this point, Koebel disappears from the Internet for two months. Until May 31st, there is no word from him anywhere, until a [post appears on his twitter timeline](https://web.archive.org/web/20200531201417/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1267134380540956674) in response to BLM and the George Floyd killing. However, some, like [Jaron Johnson](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lmujQ0WB5DWn0RydgQkLeugNJMGiI50661YBK5O2SaM/edit), creator of Monsters of Murka, accused him of attempting to "taking advantage of a situation [...] as a means of squeaking his face back onto people’s timelines in a positive light."

Koebel disappears again for a week, and then he publishes an article called "[Moving On](https://web.archive.org/web/20200627065230/https://www.adam-koebel.com/blog/2020/5/18/moving-on)" on his personal blog, headlined by a picture of him looking sorrowfully away from the camera. It's the longest thing he's said to date on the topic, barring the non-apology video, so it's his opportunity to once and for all lay to rest the story by properly, unambiguously, and fully apologizing for his behavior.

(note: this one hasn't *actually* been deleted, but seeing as he deleted his entire Twitter account within a remarkably short span of my publishing this writeup, I'm not taking any chances.)

Instead he spends three long paragraphs explaining that it was scary and difficult to be a celebrity online before finally stating that he made "a mistake". He spends a single paragraph on the "mistake", remaining vague, never spelling out what the "mistake" actually was, and attributed it to the "unrehearsed and spontaneous" nature of Twitch. He closes out the only section about his "mistake" saying that "in roleplaying, players work together to create an improvised narrative". In general this came across as just more evasive blame-shifting than actually owning up to what he did, especially in light of what follows in the next seven long paragraphs of the blog.

However, he follows that up by essentially playing the victim, saying that because of the "angry voices online" he got deplatformed for his "mistake". Because of this "hateful reaction" he could no longer "take creative risks", and he now feels unsafe. To cut the rest of his statement short, he basically said he was excited to move on to other things, saying that he now feels liberated from life online, and that he's happy there are people who like what he makes. He closed out this whole thing saying that he felt "loss, grief, and sadness". Not for what he did, but for what it cost him.

So, what now? Since this statement, he's published exactly three tweets. The first was promotion of his new blog post on GMing. The responses were split between [fans happy to see him producing content again](https://twitter.com/smhddn/status/1277699426346287109), and others who [called him out](https://twitter.com/gemsamay2/status/1277714928741187584) for going against his own stated intent of "stepping back from the hobby" and from online presence a mere three weeks after releasing "Moving on". The second was a [post about his resignation](https://web.archive.org/web/20200727141241/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1287750843769352195) from a Dune RPG, along with the removal of all his work from it. And finally, a one sentence post telling his fans to buy a product released by another creator, with replies turned off.

##**EDIT: Chapter the Fourth.Fifth: The Bard chooses the right time to post**

So... this might go against rule 13 as it literally just happened yesterday/today, but I will add it in as an "appendix" to the whole sordid story rather than its focus. If one of the mod disagrees with this assessment, I will immediately remove it. [Others in the comments] (https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama...the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6hay5/) have already [explained the basics of this new mess](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6jcoi/), but your humble bard will attempt once more to give you a distilled and shortened version of events.

Let's talk a bit more about that "one sentence post telling his fans to buy a product" I mentioned at the end of Chapter the Fourth. The product in question was "The Perfect RPG", an ongoing Kickstarter that got cancelled at 11,398$ out of its 6,200$ goal. Why did it get cancelled, you may ask? Well, here's where things get interesting.

The project was a collaborative one, with a long list of contributors that [has since been entirely removed from the project page](https://imgur.com/qK2gSqr). However, they included [Sage LaTorra](https://twitter.com/olde_fortran/status/1365793738514067459?s=21) (the other co-writer of Dungeon World) and many more. Many of them backed out of the project. Why? Because Adam Koebel was in it and they had no idea.

This is where things get a bit weird. Koebel's name wasn't on the [cover mockup](https://imgur.com/9ltgaDz) (Which, you may note, has a list of contributors in alphabetical order at the back, sans Adam Koebel). But then the actual list on the campaign page (the same has since been removed) had the contributors presented in *reverse alphabetical order by given name*, which had the consequence of putting [**A**dam Koebel at the very bottom](https://imgur.com/YXrlXOP).

So basically Adam Koebel catfished his way into a project with other big names in the industry. As people were quietly (or not) pulling out of the project due to Koebel's involvement in it, the creator, Luke Crane, scrapped the fully funded kickstarter campaign rather than remove the problematic element from the list. Some in the Kickstarter backer comments [pointed out](https://imgur.com/6y81RyA) that the whole project was probably intended as some weird "gotcha!" statement about cancel culture, which would fit with Adam's relative silence on the matter, his game named after his apology to the livstream sexual assault saga, and the project tagline of "The quest for perfection".

Whatever it may have been, it failed to let Koebel worm his way back into the RPG scene, and as a result he deleted his Twitter account, which was the source of much confusion and consternation for your poor bard when he found out.

To close out this section, I will simply quote one of the commenters in the thread: "*I guess [this] answers the question of 'has Adam Koebel gotten better about getting consent'*"

##**Epilogue: Good Night Sweet Prince.**

And that's just about the last to be written about the sad tale of Good Sir Koebel, who once was the icon of social awareness in the RPG community, and who will now never work in it again without a pseudonym for failing to follow his own teachings.

I tried to give as thorough a timeline of events as I could, but there are plenty of things I just couldn't fit, such as accounts by [two](https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/fts4rd/adam_koebel_dungeon_worlds_far_verona_stream/fmd3lv6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) of his [exes](https://twitter.com/bluejay_712/status/1365809471562342405?s=20) about what being in a relationship with the man was like, the common point between the two being accusations of gaslighting and of generally not respecting their boundaries. I might also have missed something due to simply not having been able to find everything online. This is, to my knowledge, the first post that really tries to piece the drama from start to finish for those who didn't follow it.

Above all, however, your humble bard confesses to being unable to remain entirely impartial to the story he has told you. While the event itself was... very disturbing to watch, and says some pretty poor things about the character of the person who allowed it to happen, a swift and thorough apology would have been enough in my eyes.

Instead, as is probably apparent, I find it immensely sleazy that Koebel never properly addressed the fact that he ran a non-consensual sexual assault scene (which he immediately afterwards gloated about to his mortified players), and instead tried to subvert his own apology down the line by playing victim, minimizing the harm he caused by playing it off as a mere "mistake", and to the bitter end trying to shift blame away from himself. To me his whole response felt like a (failed) attempt at remaining in the limelight, rather than one to step away from it as he claimed.

It also paints a fairly negative light over all the things he defended online. Can he really have believed what he was saying about consent and inclusivity when he himself flagrantly disregard consent, and made a female survivor of sexual assault relive a similar scene at his table, giggling all the while? Can we really take his messages of responsibility and awareness as honest when he has shown such a clear lack of either in his own case? These are open questions to you, my dear audience. My answer is already found.

Today, Koebel remains relatively low profile. His RPG comeback having been met with backlash, he now focuses on his Instagram account, where he regularly posts his artistic photos to the admiring comments of his fans. His [final YouTube video's comment section](https://imgur.com/zNb1cQ3) reads like the memorial to a fallen hero, and his finals tweets had a massive skew in favor of those saying they missed him and that Adam did nothing wrong. Perhaps this is merely the slumber of the beast, who will one day, when the community has finally "moved on", attempt his triumphant return, much like Napoleon returning from exile on the Isle of Elba.

Your humble bard merely hopes that such a return meets the same fate for the Fallen Paladin of Social Justice.
 

Mola Ram

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True & Honest Fan
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For some reason archive.md isn’t working for me but I have the text copied and pasted here.

[Tabletop RPG] The tragic Ballad of Adam Koebel, the Fallen Paladin of Social Justice.

**Author's Word:** Unfortunately many of the tweets involved are no longer accessible because, between yesterday and today, [Adam Koebel deleted his entire Twitter account](https://twitter.com/skinnyghost). It's apparently [just a huge coincidence](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6gt6t/), linked to some [*other* drama](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6hay5/) involving Koebel, but... yeah, what a timing, eh?

All of the tweets that were lost to time have been replaced with archived versions that, while not perfect, should hopefully be enough to give you an accurate idea for the sake of the story.

##**Prologue: Of Dungeons and Dramas.**

Gather round, boys and girls and those who fit either both or neither categories, and let me tell you a story. It is a story of a rise and fall, of anger, of disappointment, and of much Twitter angst. It is the tale of one of the swiftest and most thorough career deaths in the history of tabletop gaming. It is the tale of [Adam Koebel](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLWfDzbVYAMWXca.jpg).

As a content warning, if you're not comfortable with descriptions of (fictional, nonhuman) sexual assault, this is not the story for you. As an author warning, I will tell you right now that I'll be doing my best to focus on the facts, but there is only so much one can do. I will not pretend to actually be an impartial observer. Feel free to seek out other versions of events after reading this if you want.

So, some background. I assume most people here are familiar with at least the basic idea of tabletop RPGs, but if you aren't, here's the summary: Tabletop RPGs are basically make-believe with rules. People sit around a table, create a character, and then go on merry adventures. Making said world is the task of arguably the most important player, the Game Master (Dungeon Master for D&D). He makes the world, controls the people the players interact with, basically everything that isn't controlled by the other players. People play RPGs to have a good time with their friends, but unfortunately sometimes things don't work out that way.

##**Chapter the First: The rise of Sir Adam of Koebel.**

Now, with that basic context, let us introduce the protagonist of our sad tale. At this point, I need to put a disclaimer: I didn't particularly follow Adam Koebel before the actual events of our story, barring watching a few streams he was a part of, and this section will remain short and sort of vague because they're essentially what I pieced together from what I knew of him, and what I found online.

Mr. Koebel first came to public attention with the release of Dungeon World in 2012, a narrative "rules-light" system he co-created based on Apocalypse World, and hit the ground running from there. The system was a hit, and he managed to successfully leverage the exposure it gave him to establish himself solidly in the RPG online community: he started running live games on Twitch in 2014 for itmeJP, a relatively famous RPG YouTuber, and in 2015 became the "DM in Residence" at Roll20, the biggest online "virtual tabletop" service. Adam Koebel was ascendant.

This level of success came from several things. First, of course, was the street cred that being the co-author of Dungeon World gave him, but that was only the first step. From there, he built up his name as the representative of the growing "socially conscious" side of RPGs. He was the very public spearhead against the white and male domination in RPGs, and actively promoted player agency at the table, better inclusivity of racial/sexual/other minorities, consent tools, and RPGs as a "safe space". **Remember this, this becomes incredibly important later.**

##**EDIT: Chapter the First.Fifth: Cloak and Daggers.**

So, since posting this thread, a member of the community came forward and made me aware of something I didn't know about Adam's rise to power. It's not strictly related to the actual drama, but it did add a layer on top since it all came to light after the relevant events, so I'm adding it in.

Some context: Before there was one GM on itmeJP's Rollplay, there were three. These were Steven Lumpkin, Neal Erickson, and of course, Adam Koebel.

At the time, the channel was still small, and verbal agreements between the GMs and the channel were what held them together. As the channel grew into one of the biggest RPG-related franchises on the net, however, JP decided that it was time to replace these with formal contracts, which the GMs decided were wildly unfair, and banded together to negotiate better contracts as a group. They chose Adam as their representative in negotiations with JP.

The result of this negotiation meeting was Steven and Neal being cut out of any Rollplay work and Adam becoming Rollplay's "Sole GM", Steven and Neal's series were cancelled and they were shown the door. This was a massive shock at the time to fans and the full details didn't emerge for years (basically until Rollplay got cancelled, but that comes later in our story), with both Neal and Steven stepping away on the face of it, willingly because they had "other commitments".

From then on, Rollplay was the Adam show. He ran every series and was the sole IP creator working with Rollplay.

Here are some sources about the whole thing, a full account from [Neal](https://twitter.com/koibu0/status/1275040408221839360) and [Steven](https://twitter.com/Silent0siris/status/1365791214407188480?s=19).

##**Chapter the Second: Non-Consensual Robo-Orgasms.**

As of early 2020, Adam Koebel was at the pinnacle of his prestige. His persona had been firmly cemented, he had a large following of very dedicated fans who subscribed to his ideas regarding inclusivity and consent in RPGs, and he was in a bunch of stuff online, including more livestreamed games. Nothing could have gone wrong for him.

[Enter Far Verona, Season 2, Episode 18](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUoenthEiHA&t=4560s). *(This clip is not for the faint of heart. Even if a description of a sexual assault doesn't bother you, the sheer mortifying train wreck in progress likely will.)*

So, for those who didn't watch, what went wrong? Basically, Adam Koebel was GMing a game on Twitch with some hundreds of viewers when one of the characters, a robotic bartender named Johnny played by Elspeth Eastman (a woman, this is relevant), went to see a "friend" for repairs and upgrades.

To cut a long story short, the character of the mechanic, controlled by Koebel, violated Johnny by forcing an "orgasm" upon him without permission.

If you look at the players during the clip, you can see the horror and unease dawning on their faces as the situation unfolds, even as Adam keeps giggling his way through the description of a non-consensual sexual assault on one of the characters. Though I couldn't find an archive of the live chat, it was in a very similar state to the players: bafflement, unease, disgust. By the end of the scene, poor Johnny never gets a chance to prevent or fight back against the sexual assault, since he has no idea what's going to happen until it happens, and the session ends right afterwards. During the post-session discussion, a laughing Koebel responds to Johnny's horrified player that "robots need love too".

To fully grasp the magnitude of what has just happened, let's review a few things. Adam Koebel, the well-known face of "consent promotion" and safe spaces in Tabletop RPGs, as a male GM, plays out what is clearly a pre-planned scene of nonconsensual sexual assault on one of the female players' characters *(a player who is, by the way, a survivor of sexual assault)* in front of a live audience of hundreds. No agency is given to the player, at no point before or during the scene does Koebel make sure his players, especially the character's player, are fine with this, and on top of that he appears intensely amused by the sexual assault he is orchestrating in his game, even gloating about it afterwards.

Nothing good could come out of this.

##**Chapter the Third: Things go poorly.**

Within a week, the show was put on [indefinite hiatus](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYonGyQiILQ&feature=youtu.be) in an official video on March 31st. On the segment, Koebel blamed a poor implementation of consent tools such as the X-Card (when something you're not comfortable with is going on, you make or say a pre-defined gesture or phrase, or even raise a physical object, and the scene immediately ends and is glossed over) which he himself had actively and vocally championed in the past, and stated that they should have been better discussed and implemented as a group.

This evasive and blame-shifting explanation did not sit so well with Elspeth Eastman, the player in question, who released [a video with her own statement](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y21hx6FEPE) on the matter, stating she was quitting the show, and expressing her dissatisfaction with his apology, both in private to her and in public. To quote her words:

> If you need to have a talk with your cast beforehand that you’re planning on introducing a sexual predator NPC to one of their characters I guarantee you not one person would be OK with that. Especially not in front of hundreds of people. This isn’t a question about what could have prevented it when Adam’s literally the one in charge.

In response, Adam released an [official apology](https://web.archive.org/web/20200405162549/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1246140587725557765) on Twitter the next day. Bear in mind that at this point, it's been over 10 days since the actual incident, and those 10 days have been filled with constant backlash against him, especially after the video he made on the cancellation of Far Verona. At this point the apology is coming very late, only coming out at all because of the backlash, some might say. And it's... still kind of lackluster. While he does take responsibility and apologize, he doesn't ever actually address the fact that he thought it would be okay to run a sexual assault scene, bar an evasive half-sentence, instead saying that he made a "mistake" and blaming his own "internalized issues".

It is worth noting that throughout this whole mess, his core fanbase has never ceased supporting him. Some see in this fact the proof that what he did wasn't so bad after all, while others interpret it as Koebel cultivating a fanbase where he can do no wrong, and where his celebrity acts as a "get out of jail free" card. I will let you make up your own minds.

##**Chapter the Fourth: The cancellation of Good Sir Koebel.**

At this point, Koebel disappears from the Internet for two months. Until May 31st, there is no word from him anywhere, until a [post appears on his twitter timeline](https://web.archive.org/web/20200531201417/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1267134380540956674) in response to BLM and the George Floyd killing. However, some, like [Jaron Johnson](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lmujQ0WB5DWn0RydgQkLeugNJMGiI50661YBK5O2SaM/edit), creator of Monsters of Murka, accused him of attempting to "taking advantage of a situation [...] as a means of squeaking his face back onto people’s timelines in a positive light."

Koebel disappears again for a week, and then he publishes an article called "[Moving On](https://web.archive.org/web/20200627065230/https://www.adam-koebel.com/blog/2020/5/18/moving-on)" on his personal blog, headlined by a picture of him looking sorrowfully away from the camera. It's the longest thing he's said to date on the topic, barring the non-apology video, so it's his opportunity to once and for all lay to rest the story by properly, unambiguously, and fully apologizing for his behavior.

(note: this one hasn't *actually* been deleted, but seeing as he deleted his entire Twitter account within a remarkably short span of my publishing this writeup, I'm not taking any chances.)

Instead he spends three long paragraphs explaining that it was scary and difficult to be a celebrity online before finally stating that he made "a mistake". He spends a single paragraph on the "mistake", remaining vague, never spelling out what the "mistake" actually was, and attributed it to the "unrehearsed and spontaneous" nature of Twitch. He closes out the only section about his "mistake" saying that "in roleplaying, players work together to create an improvised narrative". In general this came across as just more evasive blame-shifting than actually owning up to what he did, especially in light of what follows in the next seven long paragraphs of the blog.

However, he follows that up by essentially playing the victim, saying that because of the "angry voices online" he got deplatformed for his "mistake". Because of this "hateful reaction" he could no longer "take creative risks", and he now feels unsafe. To cut the rest of his statement short, he basically said he was excited to move on to other things, saying that he now feels liberated from life online, and that he's happy there are people who like what he makes. He closed out this whole thing saying that he felt "loss, grief, and sadness". Not for what he did, but for what it cost him.

So, what now? Since this statement, he's published exactly three tweets. The first was promotion of his new blog post on GMing. The responses were split between [fans happy to see him producing content again](https://twitter.com/smhddn/status/1277699426346287109), and others who [called him out](https://twitter.com/gemsamay2/status/1277714928741187584) for going against his own stated intent of "stepping back from the hobby" and from online presence a mere three weeks after releasing "Moving on". The second was a [post about his resignation](https://web.archive.org/web/20200727141241/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1287750843769352195) from a Dune RPG, along with the removal of all his work from it. And finally, a one sentence post telling his fans to buy a product released by another creator, with replies turned off.

##**EDIT: Chapter the Fourth.Fifth: The Bard chooses the right time to post**

So... this might go against rule 13 as it literally just happened yesterday/today, but I will add it in as an "appendix" to the whole sordid story rather than its focus. If one of the mod disagrees with this assessment, I will immediately remove it. [Others in the comments] (https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama...the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6hay5/) have already [explained the basics of this new mess](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6jcoi/), but your humble bard will attempt once more to give you a distilled and shortened version of events.

Let's talk a bit more about that "one sentence post telling his fans to buy a product" I mentioned at the end of Chapter the Fourth. The product in question was "The Perfect RPG", an ongoing Kickstarter that got cancelled at 11,398$ out of its 6,200$ goal. Why did it get cancelled, you may ask? Well, here's where things get interesting.

The project was a collaborative one, with a long list of contributors that [has since been entirely removed from the project page](https://imgur.com/qK2gSqr). However, they included [Sage LaTorra](https://twitter.com/olde_fortran/status/1365793738514067459?s=21) (the other co-writer of Dungeon World) and many more. Many of them backed out of the project. Why? Because Adam Koebel was in it and they had no idea.

This is where things get a bit weird. Koebel's name wasn't on the [cover mockup](https://imgur.com/9ltgaDz) (Which, you may note, has a list of contributors in alphabetical order at the back, sans Adam Koebel). But then the actual list on the campaign page (the same has since been removed) had the contributors presented in *reverse alphabetical order by given name*, which had the consequence of putting [**A**dam Koebel at the very bottom](https://imgur.com/YXrlXOP).

So basically Adam Koebel catfished his way into a project with other big names in the industry. As people were quietly (or not) pulling out of the project due to Koebel's involvement in it, the creator, Luke Crane, scrapped the fully funded kickstarter campaign rather than remove the problematic element from the list. Some in the Kickstarter backer comments [pointed out](https://imgur.com/6y81RyA) that the whole project was probably intended as some weird "gotcha!" statement about cancel culture, which would fit with Adam's relative silence on the matter, his game named after his apology to the livstream sexual assault saga, and the project tagline of "The quest for perfection".

Whatever it may have been, it failed to let Koebel worm his way back into the RPG scene, and as a result he deleted his Twitter account, which was the source of much confusion and consternation for your poor bard when he found out.

To close out this section, I will simply quote one of the commenters in the thread: "*I guess [this] answers the question of 'has Adam Koebel gotten better about getting consent'*"

##**Epilogue: Good Night Sweet Prince.**

And that's just about the last to be written about the sad tale of Good Sir Koebel, who once was the icon of social awareness in the RPG community, and who will now never work in it again without a pseudonym for failing to follow his own teachings.

I tried to give as thorough a timeline of events as I could, but there are plenty of things I just couldn't fit, such as accounts by [two](https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/fts4rd/adam_koebel_dungeon_worlds_far_verona_stream/fmd3lv6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) of his [exes](https://twitter.com/bluejay_712/status/1365809471562342405?s=20) about what being in a relationship with the man was like, the common point between the two being accusations of gaslighting and of generally not respecting their boundaries. I might also have missed something due to simply not having been able to find everything online. This is, to my knowledge, the first post that really tries to piece the drama from start to finish for those who didn't follow it.

Above all, however, your humble bard confesses to being unable to remain entirely impartial to the story he has told you. While the event itself was... very disturbing to watch, and says some pretty poor things about the character of the person who allowed it to happen, a swift and thorough apology would have been enough in my eyes.

Instead, as is probably apparent, I find it immensely sleazy that Koebel never properly addressed the fact that he ran a non-consensual sexual assault scene (which he immediately afterwards gloated about to his mortified players), and instead tried to subvert his own apology down the line by playing victim, minimizing the harm he caused by playing it off as a mere "mistake", and to the bitter end trying to shift blame away from himself. To me his whole response felt like a (failed) attempt at remaining in the limelight, rather than one to step away from it as he claimed.

It also paints a fairly negative light over all the things he defended online. Can he really have believed what he was saying about consent and inclusivity when he himself flagrantly disregard consent, and made a female survivor of sexual assault relive a similar scene at his table, giggling all the while? Can we really take his messages of responsibility and awareness as honest when he has shown such a clear lack of either in his own case? These are open questions to you, my dear audience. My answer is already found.

Today, Koebel remains relatively low profile. His RPG comeback having been met with backlash, he now focuses on his Instagram account, where he regularly posts his artistic photos to the admiring comments of his fans. His [final YouTube video's comment section](https://imgur.com/zNb1cQ3) reads like the memorial to a fallen hero, and his finals tweets had a massive skew in favor of those saying they missed him and that Adam did nothing wrong. Perhaps this is merely the slumber of the beast, who will one day, when the community has finally "moved on", attempt his triumphant return, much like Napoleon returning from exile on the Isle of Elba.

Your humble bard merely hopes that such a return meets the same fate for the Fallen Paladin of Social Justice.

I'm so far out of the loop on what's going on with RPGs these days (mostly I just reminisce about the good old days with a few grognards old enough to remember The Keep on the Borderlands) that I'd never even heard of this guy or this incident. I looked into it a little, and I have some questions.

1) People actually watch these lame-os play games (sort of) over some kind of video chat? Why? What's the charm?

2) Why do they always look like this, and how does your shitbag alarm not go off the moment you see him?

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3) Man, what happened to just rolling up a few fighters and clerics and bashing down some skeletons and orcs?
 

IAmNotAlpharius

For the Emperor!
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
I'm so far out of the loop on what's going on with RPGs these days (mostly I just reminisce about the good old days with a few grognards old enough to remember The Keep on the Borderlands) that I'd never even heard of this guy or this incident. I looked into it a little, and I have some questions.

1) People actually watch these lame-os play games (sort of) over some kind of video chat? Why? What's the charm?

2) Why do they always look like this, and how does your shitbag alarm not go off the moment you see him?

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3) Man, what happened to just rolling up a few fighters and clerics and bashing down some skeletons and orcs?
Tbh I didn’t follow this guy and I don’t follow a lot of kickstarters because many of them are trash.
 
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ExsanguinateHorizon

Things are going to get loud now
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This could be interesting.... it’s like crossing the streams of autism. https://www.warhammer-community.com...-is-coming-to-magic-the-gathering-yes-really/
I know nothing of card games but it doesn't seem like there's a significant overlap between people who play both MtG and 40k, is there? Maybe we'll get some nice art out of it though.

Man, what happened to just rolling up a few fighters and clerics and bashing down some skeletons and orcs?
You can't do this anymore, I was informed orcs are racist because they're just like black people. I'm sorry brother, you're a bigot now.
 

SITHRAK!

ESL teenager spouting gibberish and angry words.
kiwifarms.net
Why do they always look like this, and how does your shitbag alarm not go off the moment you see him?
The Haircut of Elemental Evil.
EDIT: he’s maybe a Mimic, in that he’s able to disguise himself perfectly well as something harmless and inoffensive but has the potential to do serious harm if underestimated. Or maybe he’s a Fag of Devouring, or a Portable (ass)Hole. Or maybe he’s gotten his hands on a Girdle of Soy Giant Strength?
 
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Mola Ram

Self Righteous Ego Bastard Asshole
True & Honest Fan
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The Haircut of Elemental Evil.
EDIT: he’s maybe a Mimic, in that he’s able to disguise himself perfectly well as something harmless and inoffensive but has the potential to do serious harm if underestimated. Or maybe he’s a Fag of Devouring, or a Portable (ass)Hole. Or maybe he’s gotten his hands on a Girdle of Soy Giant Strength?

Looks like he's fond of the spell Power Word, Cringe.
 

Wallace

Cram it in me, baby!
kiwifarms.net
The Haircut of Elemental Evil.
EDIT: he’s maybe a Mimic, in that he’s able to disguise himself perfectly well as something harmless and inoffensive but has the potential to do serious harm if underestimated. Or maybe he’s a Fag of Devouring, or a Portable (ass)Hole. Or maybe he’s gotten his hands on a Girdle of Soy Giant Strength?
Koebel's a straight man, AFACT. He's only ever dated women, all of whom agree that he's a creep. The fact that he built his name and career on being the guy crusading against people doing the behavior he gleefully engaged in, and that had someone else done what Koebel did, he would have been the first and loudest to condemn them, just makes this absolutely hilarious.

Meanwhile, Luke Crane is getting shit on in his own Kickstarter project.

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SITHRAK!

ESL teenager spouting gibberish and angry words.
kiwifarms.net
Koebel's a straight man
I meant ‘fag’ not as in ‘homosexual’ but as in ‘dresses like the worst kind of hipster millennial, has a girl’s haircut, reeks of hypocritical self-righteousness and likely would insert small live mammals up his butt live on-air if he thought it would win back his destroyed reputation, but probably also does it for fun”.
I hope that clears things up a bit.

EDIT: Just read those posts dragging Luke Crane, holy fuck, when did pretend role-playing sexual assault become as bad as the real thing? Grow the fuck up. You want gaming without danger, difficulty or darkness? Sounds pretty fuckin’ boring to me.
If you‘re playing a game where your character could be pulped by a boulder trap, eaten by a monster, cut in half with a plasma beam or explosively decompressed into the uncaring void of space, and you get upset about a bit of struggle-snuggle, then you may want to go back to checkers (unless black game pieces are triggering too).
 
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Inquisitor_BadAss

The only person who fell for Nulls April fools
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For some reason archive.md isn’t working for me but I have the text copied and pasted here.

[Tabletop RPG] The tragic Ballad of Adam Koebel, the Fallen Paladin of Social Justice.

**Author's Word:** Unfortunately many of the tweets involved are no longer accessible because, between yesterday and today, [Adam Koebel deleted his entire Twitter account](https://twitter.com/skinnyghost). It's apparently [just a huge coincidence](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6gt6t/), linked to some [*other* drama](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6hay5/) involving Koebel, but... yeah, what a timing, eh?

All of the tweets that were lost to time have been replaced with archived versions that, while not perfect, should hopefully be enough to give you an accurate idea for the sake of the story.

##**Prologue: Of Dungeons and Dramas.**

Gather round, boys and girls and those who fit either both or neither categories, and let me tell you a story. It is a story of a rise and fall, of anger, of disappointment, and of much Twitter angst. It is the tale of one of the swiftest and most thorough career deaths in the history of tabletop gaming. It is the tale of [Adam Koebel](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLWfDzbVYAMWXca.jpg).

As a content warning, if you're not comfortable with descriptions of (fictional, nonhuman) sexual assault, this is not the story for you. As an author warning, I will tell you right now that I'll be doing my best to focus on the facts, but there is only so much one can do. I will not pretend to actually be an impartial observer. Feel free to seek out other versions of events after reading this if you want.

So, some background. I assume most people here are familiar with at least the basic idea of tabletop RPGs, but if you aren't, here's the summary: Tabletop RPGs are basically make-believe with rules. People sit around a table, create a character, and then go on merry adventures. Making said world is the task of arguably the most important player, the Game Master (Dungeon Master for D&D). He makes the world, controls the people the players interact with, basically everything that isn't controlled by the other players. People play RPGs to have a good time with their friends, but unfortunately sometimes things don't work out that way.

##**Chapter the First: The rise of Sir Adam of Koebel.**

Now, with that basic context, let us introduce the protagonist of our sad tale. At this point, I need to put a disclaimer: I didn't particularly follow Adam Koebel before the actual events of our story, barring watching a few streams he was a part of, and this section will remain short and sort of vague because they're essentially what I pieced together from what I knew of him, and what I found online.

Mr. Koebel first came to public attention with the release of Dungeon World in 2012, a narrative "rules-light" system he co-created based on Apocalypse World, and hit the ground running from there. The system was a hit, and he managed to successfully leverage the exposure it gave him to establish himself solidly in the RPG online community: he started running live games on Twitch in 2014 for itmeJP, a relatively famous RPG YouTuber, and in 2015 became the "DM in Residence" at Roll20, the biggest online "virtual tabletop" service. Adam Koebel was ascendant.

This level of success came from several things. First, of course, was the street cred that being the co-author of Dungeon World gave him, but that was only the first step. From there, he built up his name as the representative of the growing "socially conscious" side of RPGs. He was the very public spearhead against the white and male domination in RPGs, and actively promoted player agency at the table, better inclusivity of racial/sexual/other minorities, consent tools, and RPGs as a "safe space". **Remember this, this becomes incredibly important later.**

##**EDIT: Chapter the First.Fifth: Cloak and Daggers.**

So, since posting this thread, a member of the community came forward and made me aware of something I didn't know about Adam's rise to power. It's not strictly related to the actual drama, but it did add a layer on top since it all came to light after the relevant events, so I'm adding it in.

Some context: Before there was one GM on itmeJP's Rollplay, there were three. These were Steven Lumpkin, Neal Erickson, and of course, Adam Koebel.

At the time, the channel was still small, and verbal agreements between the GMs and the channel were what held them together. As the channel grew into one of the biggest RPG-related franchises on the net, however, JP decided that it was time to replace these with formal contracts, which the GMs decided were wildly unfair, and banded together to negotiate better contracts as a group. They chose Adam as their representative in negotiations with JP.

The result of this negotiation meeting was Steven and Neal being cut out of any Rollplay work and Adam becoming Rollplay's "Sole GM", Steven and Neal's series were cancelled and they were shown the door. This was a massive shock at the time to fans and the full details didn't emerge for years (basically until Rollplay got cancelled, but that comes later in our story), with both Neal and Steven stepping away on the face of it, willingly because they had "other commitments".

From then on, Rollplay was the Adam show. He ran every series and was the sole IP creator working with Rollplay.

Here are some sources about the whole thing, a full account from [Neal](https://twitter.com/koibu0/status/1275040408221839360) and [Steven](https://twitter.com/Silent0siris/status/1365791214407188480?s=19).

##**Chapter the Second: Non-Consensual Robo-Orgasms.**

As of early 2020, Adam Koebel was at the pinnacle of his prestige. His persona had been firmly cemented, he had a large following of very dedicated fans who subscribed to his ideas regarding inclusivity and consent in RPGs, and he was in a bunch of stuff online, including more livestreamed games. Nothing could have gone wrong for him.

[Enter Far Verona, Season 2, Episode 18](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUoenthEiHA&t=4560s). *(This clip is not for the faint of heart. Even if a description of a sexual assault doesn't bother you, the sheer mortifying train wreck in progress likely will.)*

So, for those who didn't watch, what went wrong? Basically, Adam Koebel was GMing a game on Twitch with some hundreds of viewers when one of the characters, a robotic bartender named Johnny played by Elspeth Eastman (a woman, this is relevant), went to see a "friend" for repairs and upgrades.

To cut a long story short, the character of the mechanic, controlled by Koebel, violated Johnny by forcing an "orgasm" upon him without permission.

If you look at the players during the clip, you can see the horror and unease dawning on their faces as the situation unfolds, even as Adam keeps giggling his way through the description of a non-consensual sexual assault on one of the characters. Though I couldn't find an archive of the live chat, it was in a very similar state to the players: bafflement, unease, disgust. By the end of the scene, poor Johnny never gets a chance to prevent or fight back against the sexual assault, since he has no idea what's going to happen until it happens, and the session ends right afterwards. During the post-session discussion, a laughing Koebel responds to Johnny's horrified player that "robots need love too".

To fully grasp the magnitude of what has just happened, let's review a few things. Adam Koebel, the well-known face of "consent promotion" and safe spaces in Tabletop RPGs, as a male GM, plays out what is clearly a pre-planned scene of nonconsensual sexual assault on one of the female players' characters *(a player who is, by the way, a survivor of sexual assault)* in front of a live audience of hundreds. No agency is given to the player, at no point before or during the scene does Koebel make sure his players, especially the character's player, are fine with this, and on top of that he appears intensely amused by the sexual assault he is orchestrating in his game, even gloating about it afterwards.

Nothing good could come out of this.

##**Chapter the Third: Things go poorly.**

Within a week, the show was put on [indefinite hiatus](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYonGyQiILQ&feature=youtu.be) in an official video on March 31st. On the segment, Koebel blamed a poor implementation of consent tools such as the X-Card (when something you're not comfortable with is going on, you make or say a pre-defined gesture or phrase, or even raise a physical object, and the scene immediately ends and is glossed over) which he himself had actively and vocally championed in the past, and stated that they should have been better discussed and implemented as a group.

This evasive and blame-shifting explanation did not sit so well with Elspeth Eastman, the player in question, who released [a video with her own statement](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y21hx6FEPE) on the matter, stating she was quitting the show, and expressing her dissatisfaction with his apology, both in private to her and in public. To quote her words:

> If you need to have a talk with your cast beforehand that you’re planning on introducing a sexual predator NPC to one of their characters I guarantee you not one person would be OK with that. Especially not in front of hundreds of people. This isn’t a question about what could have prevented it when Adam’s literally the one in charge.

In response, Adam released an [official apology](https://web.archive.org/web/20200405162549/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1246140587725557765) on Twitter the next day. Bear in mind that at this point, it's been over 10 days since the actual incident, and those 10 days have been filled with constant backlash against him, especially after the video he made on the cancellation of Far Verona. At this point the apology is coming very late, only coming out at all because of the backlash, some might say. And it's... still kind of lackluster. While he does take responsibility and apologize, he doesn't ever actually address the fact that he thought it would be okay to run a sexual assault scene, bar an evasive half-sentence, instead saying that he made a "mistake" and blaming his own "internalized issues".

It is worth noting that throughout this whole mess, his core fanbase has never ceased supporting him. Some see in this fact the proof that what he did wasn't so bad after all, while others interpret it as Koebel cultivating a fanbase where he can do no wrong, and where his celebrity acts as a "get out of jail free" card. I will let you make up your own minds.

##**Chapter the Fourth: The cancellation of Good Sir Koebel.**

At this point, Koebel disappears from the Internet for two months. Until May 31st, there is no word from him anywhere, until a [post appears on his twitter timeline](https://web.archive.org/web/20200531201417/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1267134380540956674) in response to BLM and the George Floyd killing. However, some, like [Jaron Johnson](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lmujQ0WB5DWn0RydgQkLeugNJMGiI50661YBK5O2SaM/edit), creator of Monsters of Murka, accused him of attempting to "taking advantage of a situation [...] as a means of squeaking his face back onto people’s timelines in a positive light."

Koebel disappears again for a week, and then he publishes an article called "[Moving On](https://web.archive.org/web/20200627065230/https://www.adam-koebel.com/blog/2020/5/18/moving-on)" on his personal blog, headlined by a picture of him looking sorrowfully away from the camera. It's the longest thing he's said to date on the topic, barring the non-apology video, so it's his opportunity to once and for all lay to rest the story by properly, unambiguously, and fully apologizing for his behavior.

(note: this one hasn't *actually* been deleted, but seeing as he deleted his entire Twitter account within a remarkably short span of my publishing this writeup, I'm not taking any chances.)

Instead he spends three long paragraphs explaining that it was scary and difficult to be a celebrity online before finally stating that he made "a mistake". He spends a single paragraph on the "mistake", remaining vague, never spelling out what the "mistake" actually was, and attributed it to the "unrehearsed and spontaneous" nature of Twitch. He closes out the only section about his "mistake" saying that "in roleplaying, players work together to create an improvised narrative". In general this came across as just more evasive blame-shifting than actually owning up to what he did, especially in light of what follows in the next seven long paragraphs of the blog.

However, he follows that up by essentially playing the victim, saying that because of the "angry voices online" he got deplatformed for his "mistake". Because of this "hateful reaction" he could no longer "take creative risks", and he now feels unsafe. To cut the rest of his statement short, he basically said he was excited to move on to other things, saying that he now feels liberated from life online, and that he's happy there are people who like what he makes. He closed out this whole thing saying that he felt "loss, grief, and sadness". Not for what he did, but for what it cost him.

So, what now? Since this statement, he's published exactly three tweets. The first was promotion of his new blog post on GMing. The responses were split between [fans happy to see him producing content again](https://twitter.com/smhddn/status/1277699426346287109), and others who [called him out](https://twitter.com/gemsamay2/status/1277714928741187584) for going against his own stated intent of "stepping back from the hobby" and from online presence a mere three weeks after releasing "Moving on". The second was a [post about his resignation](https://web.archive.org/web/20200727141241/https://twitter.com/skinnyghost/status/1287750843769352195) from a Dune RPG, along with the removal of all his work from it. And finally, a one sentence post telling his fans to buy a product released by another creator, with replies turned off.

##**EDIT: Chapter the Fourth.Fifth: The Bard chooses the right time to post**

So... this might go against rule 13 as it literally just happened yesterday/today, but I will add it in as an "appendix" to the whole sordid story rather than its focus. If one of the mod disagrees with this assessment, I will immediately remove it. [Others in the comments] (https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama...the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6hay5/) have already [explained the basics of this new mess](https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/lugcr3/tabletop_rpg_the_tragic_ballad_of_adam_koebel_the/gp6jcoi/), but your humble bard will attempt once more to give you a distilled and shortened version of events.

Let's talk a bit more about that "one sentence post telling his fans to buy a product" I mentioned at the end of Chapter the Fourth. The product in question was "The Perfect RPG", an ongoing Kickstarter that got cancelled at 11,398$ out of its 6,200$ goal. Why did it get cancelled, you may ask? Well, here's where things get interesting.

The project was a collaborative one, with a long list of contributors that [has since been entirely removed from the project page](https://imgur.com/qK2gSqr). However, they included [Sage LaTorra](https://twitter.com/olde_fortran/status/1365793738514067459?s=21) (the other co-writer of Dungeon World) and many more. Many of them backed out of the project. Why? Because Adam Koebel was in it and they had no idea.

This is where things get a bit weird. Koebel's name wasn't on the [cover mockup](https://imgur.com/9ltgaDz) (Which, you may note, has a list of contributors in alphabetical order at the back, sans Adam Koebel). But then the actual list on the campaign page (the same has since been removed) had the contributors presented in *reverse alphabetical order by given name*, which had the consequence of putting [**A**dam Koebel at the very bottom](https://imgur.com/YXrlXOP).

So basically Adam Koebel catfished his way into a project with other big names in the industry. As people were quietly (or not) pulling out of the project due to Koebel's involvement in it, the creator, Luke Crane, scrapped the fully funded kickstarter campaign rather than remove the problematic element from the list. Some in the Kickstarter backer comments [pointed out](https://imgur.com/6y81RyA) that the whole project was probably intended as some weird "gotcha!" statement about cancel culture, which would fit with Adam's relative silence on the matter, his game named after his apology to the livstream sexual assault saga, and the project tagline of "The quest for perfection".

Whatever it may have been, it failed to let Koebel worm his way back into the RPG scene, and as a result he deleted his Twitter account, which was the source of much confusion and consternation for your poor bard when he found out.

To close out this section, I will simply quote one of the commenters in the thread: "*I guess [this] answers the question of 'has Adam Koebel gotten better about getting consent'*"

##**Epilogue: Good Night Sweet Prince.**

And that's just about the last to be written about the sad tale of Good Sir Koebel, who once was the icon of social awareness in the RPG community, and who will now never work in it again without a pseudonym for failing to follow his own teachings.

I tried to give as thorough a timeline of events as I could, but there are plenty of things I just couldn't fit, such as accounts by [two](https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/fts4rd/adam_koebel_dungeon_worlds_far_verona_stream/fmd3lv6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) of his [exes](https://twitter.com/bluejay_712/status/1365809471562342405?s=20) about what being in a relationship with the man was like, the common point between the two being accusations of gaslighting and of generally not respecting their boundaries. I might also have missed something due to simply not having been able to find everything online. This is, to my knowledge, the first post that really tries to piece the drama from start to finish for those who didn't follow it.

Above all, however, your humble bard confesses to being unable to remain entirely impartial to the story he has told you. While the event itself was... very disturbing to watch, and says some pretty poor things about the character of the person who allowed it to happen, a swift and thorough apology would have been enough in my eyes.

Instead, as is probably apparent, I find it immensely sleazy that Koebel never properly addressed the fact that he ran a non-consensual sexual assault scene (which he immediately afterwards gloated about to his mortified players), and instead tried to subvert his own apology down the line by playing victim, minimizing the harm he caused by playing it off as a mere "mistake", and to the bitter end trying to shift blame away from himself. To me his whole response felt like a (failed) attempt at remaining in the limelight, rather than one to step away from it as he claimed.

It also paints a fairly negative light over all the things he defended online. Can he really have believed what he was saying about consent and inclusivity when he himself flagrantly disregard consent, and made a female survivor of sexual assault relive a similar scene at his table, giggling all the while? Can we really take his messages of responsibility and awareness as honest when he has shown such a clear lack of either in his own case? These are open questions to you, my dear audience. My answer is already found.

Today, Koebel remains relatively low profile. His RPG comeback having been met with backlash, he now focuses on his Instagram account, where he regularly posts his artistic photos to the admiring comments of his fans. His [final YouTube video's comment section](https://imgur.com/zNb1cQ3) reads like the memorial to a fallen hero, and his finals tweets had a massive skew in favor of those saying they missed him and that Adam did nothing wrong. Perhaps this is merely the slumber of the beast, who will one day, when the community has finally "moved on", attempt his triumphant return, much like Napoleon returning from exile on the Isle of Elba.

Your humble bard merely hopes that such a return meets the same fate for the Fallen Paladin of Social Justice.
Got the tl;dr because there is no way in hell i’m reading all of that.
 

Corn Flakes

Battle Creek's Finest
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If you‘re playing a game where your character could be pulped by a boulder trap, eaten by a monster, cut in half with a plasma beam or explosively decompressed into the uncaring void of space, and you get upset about a bit of struggle-snuggle, then you may want to go back to checkers (unless black game pieces are triggering too).
Remember that this is the same crowd that came up with articles such as "do we really need to fight the monsters?". They don't like they they can be squashed, eaten, bisected or exploded. Given half a chance, they would defang games to the point the only thing you can do in them is ponder your privilege and suck the gamerunner's (because the word "master" is racist) girldick.
 

ZMOT

wat
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Got the tl;dr because there is no way in hell i’m reading all of that.

male feminist came out as sexpest while back (debatable, but retarded nonetheless), name appears on kickstarter project, people notice, shitflinging ensues, the kickstarter gets canceled, but that wasn't enough now they're homing in on a new new target, see @Wallace post. if the second dude getting shit on is justified or simply by association I don't know.
 

Mola Ram

Self Righteous Ego Bastard Asshole
True & Honest Fan
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male feminist came out as sexpest while back (debatable, but retarded nonetheless), name appears on kickstarter project, people notice, shitflinging ensues, the kickstarter gets canceled, but that wasn't enough now they're homing in on a new new target, see @Wallace post. if the second dude getting shit on is justified or simply by association I don't know.

Though there are some disturbing allegations by alleged girlfriends on reddit threads, let us not forget that the Big Terrible Horrible thing this guy did was to pretend sexually harass a pretend robot during a make believe game over a zoom call. In case you were wondering how fucking retarded the people in this hobby have become.
 

ZMOT

wat
kiwifarms.net
Though there are some disturbing allegations by alleged girlfriends on reddit threads, let us not forget that the Big Terrible Horrible thing this guy did was to pretend sexually harass a pretend robot during a make believe game over a zoom call. In case you were wondering how fucking retarded the people in this hobby have become.

yeah, that's why I wrote debatable. at worse it would just be another case of "that guy DM", but him being an outspoken "ally" is just the icing on the cake. even if there was no ill intent, everyone likes seeing a stuck-up twat getting his comeuppance and a taste of his own medicine.

as for the allegations, I trust those stories as much as I trust anything some ex-partner has to say, given how most breakups never end amicably and even less without any resentments. plus what I've seen about that dude I can pretty much assume what choice of partner we're talking about here.

Meanwhile, Luke Crane is getting shit on in his own Kickstarter project.

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imagine being enough of a virtue signaling faggot that you whine about it in the fucking comments instead of messaging the dude directly like kickstarter's own FAQ advises...
 

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