With the world still reeling from the news that the Dalai Lama has resigned from his position as the political leader of the Tibetan government in exile, new shockwaves emerge over conflicting reports that His Holiness may have resigned in order to accept a position writing and developing new material for the Karma Roleplaying System.Â According to anonymous sources who claim to be involved in the negotiations, His Holiness was attracted to the simplicity of a game that requires only a single die and appreciated the gameâ€™s tagline â€œFor every action, there are consequences.â€
When asked about the rumors, owner Julie Ann Dawson said â€œI can neither confirm nor deny that His Holiness is even aware of the game, but I assure you that if he wanted a copy for review I would send him one for free.Â Assuming of course that he would post the review on his blog and on Amazon.â€
The Chinese government lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. embassy in China, claiming that while they are aware of the Dalai Lamaâ€™s deals with other U.S. publishers in the past, any deal between the Dalai Lama and Bards and Sages should be prohibited.Â The Chinese government argued that because roleplaying games encourage independent thought and creative thinking, and because such games are often pirated throughout mainland China, this publishing deal would provide the Dalai Lama with a means of covertly brainwashing Chinaâ€™s young people.
When asked about Chinaâ€™s concerns, U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said â€œI am so out of here come April 30th,â€ and declined further comment.