Avoiding Reactionary Theology

I am not sure how I missed this when it was first posted, but today it’s very much a rational antidote to a lot of what I’ve been reading, and I very much appreciate it.

Magick From Scratch

So, a little known fact: one time, I did a tech start-up, and got A-Level funding.

When I first started out, I was very, very concerned with making sure that the product I was developing was completely unique and unlike any other product on the market. If an idea was “too much like World of Warcraft” or “Too much like Zynga” I threw it out, even if it seemed like the best fit for what I was trying to build.

When you have to make ten thousand elevator pitches, you start to revise your idea. People asked me, rightly so, “If this game is so drastically different from every other game that players are familiar with, what makes you think people will want to play it?”

Games, as it turns out, especially successful games, tend to share a conceptual language. Put another way, things that look like other things are easier…

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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2 Responses to Avoiding Reactionary Theology

  1. Some great ideas here, also for marketing the board game I want to launch 😉 The ideas of existing big religions are definitely a touchy subject for a lot of us, but the author makes us see that not borrowing a strategy that helps people, because it belongs to a big religion, is unethical.


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