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    Saturday, 9th March, 2019, 09:48 PM
    "Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda ?" No. A good question would be "What is colonialist propaganda ?". The answer is : What is found in a majority of 19th century (the great era of colonization) newspapers re: Africa and the Middle East and Far East, and in the novels of that time period pertaining to those subjects and geographical areas. The inhabitants of...
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Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

  • 11:02 PM - Hriston mentioned Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    @Lychee of the Exch., many now prefer the term transgendered, in case you didn't know. Of course there are transgendered elves in the worlds my games are set in, just as there are transgendered dwarves, transgendered hobbits, and transgendered humans. I have absolutely zero interest in imagining a world where transgendered people don't exist.

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Sunday, 29th July, 2018

  • 08:28 AM - MNblockhead quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Gender and Sexuality in Golarion
    I want to add something : human men are men, and human women are women. Fantasy races behave differently, because exploring in what ways they differ from humans is interesting, as other people have said in that very thread. Though why should fantasy humans--especially in high magic settings--not diverge from IRL norms. Heck, spend enough time reading up on different cultures throughout history and you will find some norms that differ radically. How much more in a fantasy world?

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

  • 01:50 AM - quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    That would be me. Everybody has his reasons, but I'm not privy with everybody's reasoning. On principle I don't judge people on one singular aspect of their beliefs, therefore I think that some of "those who are trying to break free of gender binary" are in the wrong, and some others have their cogent reasons, which I haven't been acquainted with - or convinced by. Those who deem there must be something fundamentally wrong with people whose opinions differ from theirs are ideologues or true believers - of which there are some examples in this thread. I'm not that (or at least, I'm trying not to be). I just want to point out, these two statements are contradictory. Regarding: "Whatever they use for themselves" and "If you don't know, politely ask[..]": I strive to be polite (most of the time), which does not mean in the least that anyone gets to dictate my speech. Words are important, and who attempts to dictate the use of words attempt to shape our perception of reality. Just (re-)read George Orwell....

Friday, 8th June, 2018

  • 04:18 PM - Thomas Bowman quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Hello, I've seen the Jeremy Crawford interview where he talks about Elves as portrayed in the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes - specifically, some of them can now change sex after a long rest, so they're transsexual in practice. What do you think of it ? Could not a True Polymorph spell do that? Here is a description: https://roll20.net/compendium/dnd5e/True%20Polymorph?fromList=True Polymorph&Name=#content True Polymorph Choose one creature with at least 1 hit point or nonmagical object that you can see within range. You transform the creature into a different creature, the creature into an object, or the object into a creature (the object must be neither worn nor carried by another creature). The transformation lasts for the Duration, or until the target drops to 0 hit points or dies. If you concentrate on this spell for the full Duration, the transformation becomes permanent. Shapechangers aren't affected by this spell. An unwilling creature can make a Wisdom saving throw, and if it succeeds, it is...
  • 12:22 PM - Shasarak quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Hello, I've seen the Jeremy Crawford interview where he talks about Elves as portrayed in the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes - specifically, some of them can now change sex after a long rest, so they're transsexual in practice. What do you think of it ? I think it is a fine addition to Jeremys home brew game.

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

  • 03:12 PM - Umbran quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    To be clear: if a sufficient number of persons reject "gender identity", in the rpg medium or in society at large, as a valid concept, then this concept will not be prevalent. Perhaps it seems to you that this concept is already prevalent in the USA, but I would then advise you to distinguish between the entertainment industry and the mass media and the society as a whole. I think you are missing some of the point here. And Imaculata can correct me if I am off about what was meant... The consensus is that the planet is round. There are some who do not agree with that consensus. However, those people also don't actually understand the basic laws of gravitation - for by those laws, a mass the size of the Earth *will* pull itself into a basically spherical shape. Lay it out flat if you want - that form will not be stable. It will collapse in on itself until it is round. Some things are not about consensual reality - they are about physical reality. And there are segments of the population...
  • 03:05 PM - Charlaquin quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Quite. A societal and therefore political goal. Everything is political, so I don’t see your point here. There are 2 kinds of ordinary. There's "ordinary" as being a human being, deserving of love, respect and a chance at happiness. For me, all people born of an human being are thus ordinary, and are my fellow humans: gay, bi, transsexual*, heterosexual, black, white or green, hermaphrodite*, with Down syndrome, etc. *transgender. *intersex And there's a different king of ordinary: ordinary as being in the majority. That’s actually not one of the definitions of the word ordinary. I chose that word very intentionally, as it means “with no special or distinctive features; normal” or “not interesting or exceptional; commonplace.” Transgender folks are by no means a majority, but we are a natural and perfectly normal part of life. Getting the cisgender majority to accept that, though, is a process that’s going to take time. It’s working though. I’ve seen huge strides made in my lifetime. Transs...
  • 02:53 PM - lowkey13 quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    I 've also come to care deeply about D&D for the 35 years (give or take) since I've been playing it. To the extent that is true, perhaps you would care to, at some point, contribute to the 99.999% of threads on this RPG site that have to do with enjoying the game ... Instead of spending all of your time on the .001% of threads that involve stirring the pot.
  • 11:56 AM - Imaculata quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Not all of us gamers, and otherwise citizens, understand gender as you do today. There's a diminishing consensus (in the USA at least) about the way we understand gender - or, as I prefer to say - sexual identity and the various roles society ascribes to it. Ideas and understanding of gender change over time, as does society as a whole. It only stands to reason that various media, and their representation of gender, change with it. This is regardless of whether some gamers/citizens understand the changes in gender perception, or are willing to understand them.
  • 11:00 AM - TheSword quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Highly suggestive of what ? I'm concerned about the social intentions - and the desire for change as conveyed in their products - of a sizable part of the RPG industry. I write in this forum to make my position on the subject as clear as possible. I'm not in sync with the progressive goals of this sizable, and increasing, part of the RPG industry. And judging by the number of posts in this thread, and the different viewpoints therein, I gather I'm not the only one interested in the subject, nor the only one in disagreement with this kind of self-described progressives in the industry. I'm just making my voice being heard, that's all. I amended my post before your replied to be less accusative. However, since you asked... ... suggestive that you care more about preserving your own idea of how the world should look like than you do about the game we all play. The more you post the more the ugly sentiment is revealed. You created this thread presumably to make your voice heard and the overwhelming res...
  • 10:22 AM - TheSword quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Not all of us gamers, and otherwise citizens, understand gender as you do today. There's a diminishing consensus (in the USA at least) about the way we understand gender - or, as I prefer to say - sexual identity and the various roles society ascribes to it. A very quickly diminishing consensus, soon to be replaced with an increasing consensus, thank god. I’ve just seen your post history, and I find it hilarious that you’ve only posted in threads about black stereotyping and transsexuals. Have you ever considered that as a married straight white male father, it may be worth branching off into other topics, you know, like the game of D&D?
  • 09:31 AM - TheSword quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Quite. A societal and therefore political goal. There are 2 kinds of ordinary. There's "ordinary" as being a human being, deserving of love, respect and a chance at happiness. For me, all people born of an human being are thus ordinary, and are my fellow humans: gay, bi, transsexual, heterosexual, black, white or green, hermaphrodite, with Down syndrome, etc. And there's a different king of ordinary: ordinary as being in the majority. Transssexual individuals are a tiny minority of the global population, and so there's nothing ordinary about them, in that meaning of the word. I'm aware that since the dawn of times there have been human beings who didn't fit within the mundane biological/sexual framework. And the society of their times had a place and roles for them - by the way, we all have a place and roles in our society and I don't see anything demeaning about that. For example, I'm a straight husband, with a wife and a kid, and that's a part (only a part) of my role within my society. So I don't...

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

  • 03:22 PM - Eltab quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Though the best term for it is maybe not "controversial." Maybe unusual and perplexing would be a better term. (Emphasis mine.) You win the Insightful Quote of the Day award.
  • 08:37 AM - pming quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Hiya! Hello, I've seen the Jeremy Crawford interview where he talks about Elves as portrayed in the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes - specifically, some of them can now change sex after a long rest, so they're transsexual in practice. What do you think of it ? LOL! Like always, I don't care...so if some player wants to play that kind of elf, no skin off my teeth. Will it be "canon" in my game? No. At least not as a 'normal' option. If someone has a cool idea for a cool character where this sort of thing is important for some reason, sure, we can work with that... but by default "No, elves do not change sex like some frogs. Exceptions and mutations do occur...as mentioned in your book there, MToF*, and as defined in my campaign notes, here (hands The Campaign booklet to player)". IMNSHO, what someone thinks of themselves, or (in the case of these unusual elves) what sex they want to have between their legs is FAR less important (pretty much irrelevant...kinda like real life I guess) than your ability to ...

Monday, 4th June, 2018

  • 08:44 PM - Dire Bare quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    I understand, but I'm curious: how would you justify it in your game world ? Justify? There is no need, you either make it a part of your world or you don't. It fits in well with established elven lore in D&D, and it makes elves more different than humans . . . which is a good thing. Too often various D&D races are just humans with pointy ears, short and cheerful humans, short and grumpy humans, short mischievous humans, humans with devilish features, humans with fur, claws, and pointy teeth . . . I find it amusing how this idea bothers some of the folks in this thread, and the contortions some are going through to say "no".

Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

  • 09:15 PM - dave2008 quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Hello, I've seen the Jeremy Crawford interview where he talks about Elves as portrayed in the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes - specifically, some of them can now change sex after a long rest, so they're transsexual in practice. What do you think of it ? Corellon has always been trans so I kinda assumed all elves had this trait somewhat. From 1e Deities and Demigods: 98055
  • 05:47 PM - gyor quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    I'm not sure I've grokked all of your idea there, but it seems cool nonetheless :). Okay a Divine Soul has a shard of divinity in it from a God or Godlike being that powers their Divine Sorcerer magic. In this case the divine shard retains a measure of the personality of the Goddess. With the male elfs permission the Shard of Divinity expresses itself, shaping his body into hers.
  • 04:40 PM - Jester David quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    We will have to agree to disagree on this one. Think of it like this, if they introduced a mechanic, such as a feat, that gave elves a unique ability that they previously did not possess, and flavoured it as being tied to a rare noble family or lineage blessed by a god, would that be a retcon? Blood of the Ancients Prerequisite: Elf You are immortal and have inside you blood of kings. You have no rival, and no one can be your equal. When you are reduced to 0 hit points, you automatically stabilise. On your turn, you can choose to roll a death saving throw, but do not die no matter how many failures you roll. You can be killed if you suffer a critical hit from a melee weapon that deals slashing damage while you are at 0 hit points. Is that a "retcon"? I'd say no, it's additive and not revisionary. It takes what we know of elves and adds additional lore on top of what was previously known. It doesn't take what was established and change it in any way, altering any characters or events. Now....
  • 04:13 PM - Bitbrain quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    I understand, but I'm curious: how would you justify it in your game world ? It's a homebrew world influenced by the Dark Sun D&D setting, one of the many promotional lines for which was ". . . A World Ravaged by Sorcery!" There's stray wild magic all over the place.
  • 04:08 PM - Jester David quoted Lychee of the Exch. in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    I don't know of any mammal than can change sex at will, and Elves seem like a mammalian species to me. It is true that Corellon is depicted as androgynous, and that it can be used to justify this ret-con. Ret-cons add a change to a previously depicted scene or event. It changes the past. This doesn't change anything previously written and just adds to it. It's not retroactive continuity, it's just regular continuity. Doesn't affect me. In no place in my campaign setting had I written that elves could not change sexes. If someone wants to take that option, I have no strong feelings against it. It could be fun and lead to some interesting scenes and moments. But I'm sure someone out there is super, super happy with this option and idea. So I'm happy for them.


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