D&D General New WOTC racism allegations regarding Hadozee and Spelljammer

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DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
Actually, has this stuff been around for a bit now? (I don't care for Spelljammer anyway so I haven't been following any of it).

Are people just starting to notice something that offends them?
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
I mean... yeah... But it's also the -same- instrument in both pictures. Just with a shorter neck for the Hadozee.
Same instrument as the Halfling on page 26 of the PHB - but the Hadozee is relatively bigger. (The hat make me wonder more than the instrument...).

But that's why I'm curious what the artist used for inspiration and if they were told to make it a bard.
 

you would think they would have a cultural sensitivity department by now like just a bunch of people with degrees sitting in a room who reviews stuff to make sure it does not have any problem with it?
 



Levistus's_Leviathan

5e Freelancer
Even if it is accidental on the part of the artist it still speaks to.embedded cultural racism and should have been caught.
How did they not have a Sensitivity Reader for this book?! They knew Spelljammer had some bad stuff in it before. They (wisely) left the Gromman and Aperusa in the past and didn't even mention them in these books (unless I missed something). One would think that if you know that a setting previously had some pretty racist content in it, they would make certain that they had a Sensitivity Reader working on this project to catch anything racist that snuck into the product that they might have missed.

This isn't a good look. It really isn't. They seemed like they were going in the right direction recently, with the changes to Ravenloft to get rid of the Caliban and fix the Vistani and the recent Radiant Citadel book being written by BIPOC. But this looks bad. Really bad. I'm worried about Dragonlance now that they've proven that racist BS like this can still get in their products.
 
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Cadence

Legend
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Wow. I noticed this on twitter and at first I thought it was just bad form to have a race that has a slavery narrative. But looking at parts of the description people are posting...wow. This is Nu-TSR level stuff...

Gack! Where is that personality one from. I didn't see that in the spelljammer Adventurer's guide or Menagerie. :-/
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
Same instrument as the Halfling on page 26 of the PHB - but the Hadozee is relatively bigger. (The hat make me wonder more than the instrument...).

But that's why I'm curious what the artist used for inspiration and if they were told to make it a bard.
I dunno if they were told to make a bard or not, but in all honesty when I look at that picture I get the impression that their inspiration was the bard character from The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.

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Alzrius

The EN World kitten
Gack! Where is that personality one from. I didn't see that in the spelljammer Adventurer's guide or Menagerie. :-/
According to the pinned comment on the Youtube video, it's from "an earlier book," which I think means it's from a UA playtest file?
 








Parmandur

Book-Friend
Wow. I noticed this on twitter and at first I thought it was just bad form to have a race that has a slavery narrative. But looking at parts of the description people are posting...wow. This is Nu-TSR level stuff...

Niye that the really weird stuff in the second post is from a Wiki, not the new book. That's old lore, the Unhukan War comes up nowhere in this set.
 


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