Supposedly a shirt made of linen has a more sustainable eco-profile than the same shirt made of cotton. I think that's what this World of Warcraft t-shirt is about.
When Gary Gygax, co-creator of the seminal role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, died earlier this month, scores of ex-adolescents testified to the game's positive influence on their imaginations. But what about its influence on the real world? Might not D&D have something to offer those of us concerned with a vexing current issue like, say, the need to balance fossil fuel-related carbon dioxide emissions with renewable energy?
This grown-up gamer thinks so. That's why I've coined a slogan that mashes up Al Gore's demand that Americans go "carbon neutral" with "Neutral Good," an ethical and moral "alignment" from D&D in which one's character seeks to do good, even if that means breaking laws and rules: Carbon Neutral Good. Geeks, gamers, and greens of every hue, unite!
The t-shirt logo shown below was designed for me by a friend, using an authentic D&D typeface.
What do you think? Pretty freaking cool, right?
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