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    General Dead in Thay delisted from DM Guild?

    Was re-downloading some DM Guild purchases from earlier this year, and noticed that the product page for Dreams of the Red Wizards: Dead in Thay was no longer available. (I can still download it from my purchase history, fortunately.) Anyone know why it was removed?
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    D&D and the rising pandemic

    Can you link me to where you got that from? Want to share but know it'll be shot down without a source.
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    General Two underlying truths: D&D heritage and inclusivity

    Goblins have been suggested to be problematic in these recent discussions as well. (That said, the criticism of Goblins and Hobgoblins was focused on their artwork, not names or lore content.) I was also involved in discussion of whether of not Barbarians were problematic.
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    General Two underlying truths: D&D heritage and inclusivity

    Humans seem to be pretty popular with players, though, based on stats from places like D&D Beyond (and also in my 5e group). I suspect this is because many people, particularly those new to role-playing, find it easier to get into character when that character requires less of a leap from their...
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    General Two underlying truths: D&D heritage and inclusivity

    Just to make sure I understand what you're suggesting here, the PHB (and Monster Manual and DMG) should contain no suggestions about how humans, dwarves, orcs, lizardfolk, etc. behave? What should be contained in the core rules about races/people/folk, then?
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    TSR Problematic Faves and Early D&D

    Guess we'll have to agree to disagree there. As I said, I think it's telling that even Robert E. Howard - whose racism was fairly typical for a white dude in the 1920s American South - reportedly found Lovecraft's views extreme at times.
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    TSR Problematic Faves and Early D&D

    I'm well aware how common racist views were in the 1920s and 1930s. For over a decade, that was how I regarded Lovecraft's racism as well - unfortunate, but sadly not that unusual for his time. But as I learned more, I concluded that even in the context of that era, Lovecraft was still pretty...
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    TSR Problematic Faves and Early D&D

    So I'm not sure about D&D, but I can speak a bit on the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft was definitely worse than the average racist of his era. I used to buy that he wasn't any more racist than average, but some research led me to things he said in his letters, and I was dissuaded of that. Keep in...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Of course he's allowed to change his opinion. In fact, I approve of this new stance. But I was also surprised to see it, considering his previous response to the suggestion on Twitter: Why are you assuming I have not put myself in the shoes of Kwan and others, and made efforts to understand...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    There's now an article on this at the Huffington Post. Kwan (now) supports a nuanced approach: Interesting, considering he initially balked at the idea of making them freely available. On the other hand, Kwan also had this to say about the original work: OA has many issues, but I don't...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Looks like UA was released in June 1985, and OA was released in October 1985. (I thought it was the opposite order as well.) FWIW, Comeliness was first introduced as a D&D mechanic in a Gary Gygax article in Dragon #67, November 1982. So Gygax had probably been hoping to add it to the core...
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    General (Anecdotal) conversations with Asian gamers on some problems they currently face in the D&D world of RPG gaming

    As someone who didn't completely understand that specific objection, I appreciate you taking the time to explain your perspective. Sorry it was exhausting for you, though.
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    Kids on Brooms: Wizarding School Powered by Kids on Bikes

    I wonder if this is the worst time for them to be releasing a game like this, or the best time, considering current controversies with a certain fantasy author...
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    WotC Older D&D Books on DMs Guild Now Have A Disclaimer

    Since Wizards has indicated this is only a first step, I'd advise the following future steps (repeating some comments I've made in other threads): The disclaimer should be rewritten to copy less from the WB disclaimer. I'm assuming for now that was a not-ready-for-release draft statement, based...
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    General (Anecdotal) conversations with Asian gamers on some problems they currently face in the D&D world of RPG gaming

    Noted in the OA thread too. I mean, it's a little different from WB's: The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Definitely the right idea, but copying from another disclaimer's text looks a little lazy, is all. And "lazy" might not be a good thing to convey in this situation. Well, it certainly helps future-proof them from any other complaints about legacy content. Very efficient of them. But again, do...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Well, that's a start. But maybe they could crib a little a less from the Warner Bros. disclaimer? The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    I can see something like this, but I suspect there's still going to have to be some default expectations for character races (or people, folk, or whatever other term they decide on), similar to how they have default suggestions for character classes now. If the game doesn't have those, it could...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    I originally read this as an attempt to obscure the sexual violence implicit in the older half-orc lore, rather than to emphasize it more strongly. Mainly due to "crossbreed," which doesn't necessarily imply force. Not discounting your take; just an alternate perspective. That said, I'm of the...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    I would think it would be wise for a hypothetical "Kara-Tur Adventurers' Guide" or the like to have both cultural consultants and freelancers involved. I gather that's what they did for Mythic Odysseys of Theros. Worth noting: the project organizer for the Unbreakable Volume 1 anthology, Jacky...
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