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RPG Sales for Black Lives Matter

If you would like to give something to the Black Lives Matter movement, there are some great RPG-related options!

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  • DMs Guild has a Black Lives Matter spotlight. You can buy D&D material from people of color. There are 11 items in the spotlight, including a couple of bundles. One of them, a Black Lives Matter bundle, has nearly 30 D&D supplements heavily discounted.
  • DriveThruRPG (DMs Guild's sister site) has a spotlight page too. This includes some awesome products like the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, and a bunch of bundles which include Rocket Age and Shadows Over Sol.
  • Itchio's MASSIVE bundle has raised nearly $5M so far, and contains over 1,000 products for just $5! They're not all tabletop RPGs, but there's a whole bunch in there including Lancer, a mech pilot RPG I've been meaning to pick up for ages!
As a side note, as I've said elsewhere on EN World, if you feel the burning need to declare that hearing about the suffering of others infringes on your gaming pleasure in some way, or that fundraisers for charity are somehow bothering you, I'd suggest you find somewhere else to say it. It's not welcome here.
 
Russ Morrissey

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How to say this without causing controversy? I will try it.

The speculative fiction may be a softer way to explain the things.

The RPGs has tought us, showed how a lot of different people can cooperate to work together, and sometimes to use diplomacy and social skills to avoid innecesary fights.

Do you remember the old Robin Hood's stories about the conflicts between Saxons and Normarns? Both learnt to live together peacefully as good Christians. And who cares about this now? After the fall of Roman empire Visigoths arrived Spain and takeovered the relation with the natives wasn't good. Both had got different legal codes, and mixed marriage was forbidden (good time for a historical romance novel about forbidden loves). Step by step this started to be allowed, to look the other way, turn a blind eye, and in the end, both communities become one, the Spanishs.

Reporting racism isn't enough. Martin Luther King's dream wasn't only about respect and dignity, but also a dream of reconciliation and mutual trust, and everybody has to help about this, not only a part or side. And we can't forget we have to defend the respet for the human dignity, the core of our rights as citizens. Without that the rebel against authority may become a new tyrant, sometimes worse than the previous one.

Do you know Charle Dickens' "Barnaby Rudge" novel, about the 1780 Gordon riots? Let's use some historical event but with characters totally different to judge the same actions with a lower level of prejudices. We could use a fantasy version of the planet of the apes, or the characters from the X-Men, used as an allegory about the minorities. Do you think any actions would be right if they are done by other characters?
 

Somewhere I've seen something about Magic the Gathering removing some cards like Crusader for antiracist purposes. Somewhere else I've seen somebody request a new edition of Curse of Strahd without the vistani race that is racist against Romani people.
Somebody can give me a confirmation of this news?
 

vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
Somewhere I've seen something about Magic the Gathering removing some cards like Crusader for antiracist purposes. Somewhere else I've seen somebody request a new edition of Curse of Strahd without the vistani race that is racist against Romani people.
Somebody can give me a confirmation of this news?
MTG has indeed banned a few problematic cards, like ''Pradesh Gyspy'' and ''Invoke Prejudice'' (which depicted Klan-like figures).

As for re-editing CoS (ToA was mentioned also), I dont think it will happen, but I think the demand is legit. The demand, though, is not about removing the Vistani or Chultans, is more about editing the book to present Vistani in a better light without the ''drunken, child-stealing, thieves, all of 'em!'' part, much like 4e did with them, and editing Chult to add more info about the culture of Chult.

Some also said that there was a problem with the fact that the only remaining city in Chult was one built by colonial powers, like if the native could no build things as good, but I dont see this one: to me its pretty clear that Port Nyanzaru is the last town because its city that offers the most distance between the inhabitants and the ever-advancing hordes of undeads! Its not superior in any way when you compare it to Mezro, who was so cool that it was the throne of a god and was taken to a demi-plane to protect it from a fallen former protector.
 

Xaelvaen

Stuck in the 90s
If you feel the need to take this down Morrus, I'll understand, but I want to add this precursor that I'm actually trying to be very informative here, and not demeaning in any way. A lot of people are being misled at the moment by certain things out there.

Make sure you know the charity you are supporting when buying/donating. A lot of 'Support BLM' donations are going directly to political charities, and there's not a lot of transparancy. Specifically, the #BlackLivesMatter donations go to ActBlue, which is a payment processor. Black Lives Matter, Inc is a corporation, not a charity, so they are not held accountable for the money donated to them - they are in no way required to PROVE where this money goes, because ActBlue is only required to prove the money went to the corporation, and the corporation isn't required to show you anything. You can prove this factually by clicking the donate button on their very own website. Bullet 2 of the donation requirements shows you ActBlue's 501(c)3 information, and since there is no BLM 501(c)3 information, this confirms that only ActBlue is held accountable. Now, if you have no problem that your money intended to help this movement is just going to politics, or likely even held to no accountable standards, that's cool - I'm not saying this is a GOOD or BAD thing. I want to clearly state I'm not inflicting my will here.

Myself, I believe there are better charities to help the problem - Equality Justice programs, and charities that specifically are targeting the minority communities and seeking that actual resolutions be taken, not just politics as usual in our country (the U.S.). There are even some global justice charities out there. Make sure the charities you're choosing to support will actually help the cause you're wanting to help, and not just be more political fundraising (if that's what you're seeking to do) and that these charities are transparent. Also check the overhead of these charities, and see the percentage of the funds actually being delivered to the target audiences. You don't want to give money to a charity that only has a 50% efficiency rate, for example. If you don't mind that your money for this cause is just going to a political machine, or half the money (or more) is being spent on overhead, more power to you.

Again Morrus, if this is just against what you want to see on your site at all, I understand if you want to take it down, but I feel I didn't cross any lines here, and wanted to make sure people KNEW who they were donating to when they were looking at these deals. I've found myself donating a lot lately, and making sure every dollar gets to the people who need it is a lot of effort - trying to help in every small way.
 
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MTG has indeed banned a few problematic cards, like ''Pradesh Gyspy'' and ''Invoke Prejudice'' (which depicted Klan-like figures).

As for re-editing CoS (ToA was mentioned also), I dont think it will happen, but I think the demand is legit. The demand, though, is not about removing the Vistani or Chultans, is more about editing the book to present Vistani in a better light without the ''drunken, child-stealing, thieves, all of 'em!'' part, much like 4e did with them, and editing Chult to add more info about the culture of Chult.

Some also said that there was a problem with the fact that the only remaining city in Chult was one built by colonial powers, like if the native could no build things as good, but I dont see this one: to me its pretty clear that Port Nyanzaru is the last town because its city that offers the most distance between the inhabitants and the ever-advancing hordes of undeads! Its not superior in any way when you compare it to Mezro, who was so cool that it was the throne of a god and was taken to a demi-plane to protect it from a fallen former protector.
Thank you very much for the confirmation.
For the rest I think the rules of the forum do not allow me to express opinions about and I find it acceptable.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Make sure you know the charity you are supporting when buying/donating.
This is good advice for everyone who wishes to donate to any charity. I remember the 'fundraising' scams that cropped up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Please donate, as much and as often as you can, but also do your research and know where your money is going.
 



paladinn

Explorer
I'm sorry, I have a problem with this. Black lives definitely do matter. All lives do. I don't know when saying "All Lives Matter" became a mark of racism.

The death of George Floyd was tragic, and the cop(s) responsible deserve the full measure of justice. But it has become a "justification" for rioting and looting. And more African American people have died during all this in the last few weeks than at the hands of cops in the last few years. Combined. To say nothing of all the AA families and business owners who have lost homes and businesses.

Whatever the purpose of BLM, it has become co-opted by anarchists and anti-American extremists. The NY director of BLM, Hawk Newsome, has stated their objective of raising, training and equipping a force to combat the police. As much as I do care about the black community, I cannot in good conscience support the BLM organization.

Why does even our beloved hobby have to buy into this?
 

If you don't understand why the rioting is happening, please watch this video. Black Lives Matter is not an organization of anarchists and anti-Americans. They're trying to change the country so they won't get murdered by cops anymore. If you don't understand why they do this, you need to educate yourself.
 

Lem23

Adventurer
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I'm sorry, I have a problem with this. Black lives definitely do matter. All lives do. I don't know when saying "All Lives Matter" became a mark of racism.
Because you are interpreting it as "only black lives matter", when it means "black lives matter too".

I urge you to reconsider your use of the phrase “all lives matter”. It’s a dogwhistle term used by white supremacists.

If I told you my wife had cancer and you replied “all cancer victims matter”, I’d think you were a sociopath incapable of empathy. But you understand why you shouldn't say that. This is the same thing.

The decent, human response to “Black lives matter” is “Yes. Yes they do. And it’s so terrible that you have to remind people that they do in this world where there are people who think they don’t.”

The statement “all lives matter” is factually true, yes, but it’s not appropriate to use it in response to a phrase which means “please stop killing us because we’re black”. Sometimes context matters. Grammatical pendantry is not the way forward here; empathy and understanding why people are saying it is.

All that aside, this site is not the place to let everybody know about your problems with the BLM movement and it is emphatically NOT going to be the location for sealioning and 'debates' about the validity of it. I hope that's really clear, folks.
 



paladinn

Explorer
Anti-inclusive content
When the media and others Insist on someone using the words "Black Lives Matter" (without a "too") at the end, it has become a "dog whistle" of its own. It has become a way to buy into a number of assumptions with which I can't agree:
1. All the police are racist (even the AA cops?) and are openly carrying out a genocide against men of color.
2. America was founded as, and always has been, and evil, racist nation that needs to be torn down.
3. I, as a caucasian man, am inherently racist and incapable of overcoming all the inherent prejudices that go with that. Therefore, I am not entitled to any opinion on anything that has to do with racial issues.

I reject all of these. If that disqualifies me from being able to post in a public forum, even about a beloved hobby of mine, so be it. I'll be one more victim of the cancel culture. The political Left has become more fascist than I ever thought would be seen in America.

Be well.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
When the media and others Insist on someone using the words "Black Lives Matter" (without a "too") at the end, it has become a "dog whistle" of its own. It has become a way to buy into a number of assumptions with which I can't agree:
1. All the police are racist (even the AA cops?) and are openly carrying out a genocide against men of color.
2. America was founded as, and always has been, and evil, racist nation that needs to be torn down.
3. I, as a caucasian man, am inherently racist and incapable of overcoming all the inherent prejudices that go with that. Therefore, I am not entitled to any opinion on anything that has to do with racial issues.

I reject all of these. If that disqualifies me from being able to post in a public forum, even about a beloved hobby of mine, so be it. I'll be one more victim of the cancel culture. The political Left has become more fascist than I ever thought would be seen in America.

Be well.
Don't post again in this thread, please. I thought I was clear. You interpreted it as an invitation to go on an alt-right political rant.
 

Because you are interpreting it as "only black lives matter", when it means "black lives matter too".

I urge you to reconsider your use of the phrase “all lives matter”. It’s a dogwhistle term used by white supremacists.
Another problem with this term is that while most of us understand is is supposed to mean "all lives matter EQUALLY", you are right that it has been taken over by some very bad people. But that is true in most movements, whether from the Left, Right or Center. The closer you get to the fringe of the movement, the more radical and dangerous it gets.

And while it is also always true that black lives matter as much as white lives (or any of the other races/ethnicities), catchphrases and group names have to be shorter than that to catch on with the general public.

So yeah, donating to a cause is good, but like others said, vet it and make sure your money is going to a legitimate part of that cause.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Thrall of Coot.
A lot of 'Support BLM' donations are going directly to political movements. Specifically, the #BlackLivesMatter donations go to ActBlue, which donates to democrat election funds.
So yeah, donating to a cause is good, but like others said, vet it and make sure your money is going to a legitimate part of that cause.
This is always true. I would add that truly ethical giving often involves looking at the administrative costs of the entity that you are giving to.

However, I do take issue with the specific post that brought this up. Without going to into the weeds, ActBlue is a payment processor for many progressive groups and nonprofits as well as Democratic candidates; however, it is not true that a donation to a group that uses ActBlue as a payment is a donation to "democrat [sic] election funds."

if this is unclear, please see:

But to reiterate- you are providing the funds to the organization in question, not to the processor.


EDIT: I would add that I think it is unfortunate that people are, hopefully unintentionally, spreading this misinformation, given that many worthy nonprofits, esp. Bail Funds and Bond Funds, utilize ActBlue for payment processing.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
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