D&D 5E World of Kensei (KS)


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Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
The last few years I've been growing ... a bit reluctant... to engage with this type of campaign setting, because I worry about cultural appropriation, bad stereotypes etc etc. I don't feel competent in knowing what material is right and what isn't. This is a shame because I do think there is real value in gaming in non "generic fantasy pseudo europe" setting, but I'm not 100% sure how to do it right .
 


I saw this one on KS a while back, and at first glance i was interested. The art is gorgeous and if there's a really good authentic Asian-inspired 5e setting out there I haven't found it yet, but frankly, the prickly and defensive tone it takes on matters of cultural sensitivity/appropriation etc put me off a LOT.

This sounds a lot like "we know full well we're doing a generic Rokugan/Kara-Tur style bunch-of-Asian-cliches-from-different-cultures-in-a-blender setting and we just want to get ahead of the criticism that we KNOW is coming without engaging its substance". Or maybe I'm just jaded from reading too many threads about this sort of stuff and I'm doing them a disservice.

The World of Kensei is a made-up fantasy setting. It is a mix of many stories, myths, mythologies or just made up things with a label that sound or does not sound like any geographical region's language or have similarities with something that might have existed or a mix of both.

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Rogerd1

Explorer
Well there is also this in case anyone is interested?


I suspect that Rokugan is extremely lore heavy due to the number of books in the original system - so these may be a nice way to remove any baggage?
 

Bill Zebub

“It’s probably Matt Mercer’s fault.”
I saw this one on KS a while back, and at first glance i was interested. The art is gorgeous and if there's a really good authentic Asian-inspired 5e setting out there I haven't found it yet, but frankly, the prickly and defensive tone it takes on matters of cultural sensitivity/appropriation etc put me off a LOT.

This sounds a lot like "we know full well we're doing a generic Rokugan/Kara-Tur style bunch-of-Asian-cliches-from-different-cultures-in-a-blender setting and we just want to get ahead of the criticism that we KNOW is coming without engaging its substance". Or maybe I'm just jaded from reading too many threads about this sort of stuff and I'm doing them a disservice.

I’m not following you. What bothers you about this? What would you prefer they do?
 

Rogerd1

Explorer
I’m not following you. What bothers you about this? What would you prefer they do?
There is this posted on rpg.net

 




GreyLord

Legend
I’m not following you. What bothers you about this? What would you prefer they do?

They used the word Oriental in their marketing materials, a word which offends many Americans, particularly young Asian-Americans in some groups and White Americans who sympathize with them. In the Americas (and some in Europe) it is considered offensive to use the term and it is preferable for writers to use either a more specific connotation today (such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, etc) or a more generic broad usage (such as Asian, though that ALSO is a problematic term because it can be offensive to MANY various cultural groups in Europe and areas connected to Europe as they feel it is too broad a term when talking about the MANY different cultural and racial groups that are actually found in Asia from the Russians and Arabs to the Afghans and Indians to the Mongolians, Chinese and Japanese...etc).

They stated they had utilized East Asians (or Asians) in reading over the materials (but, as the word Oriental is NOT offensive to most who are actually Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or others who are actually FROM East Asia [as in those who are born into those nations, are from those races, and still live there currently], it is understandable why they may have missed this item), but obviously their readers did not catch this item.

They writers admitted to their mistake, removed the word oriental from the materials and apologized for it.

It may be that some question the writers sincerity and motives and how truthful they are in relating the information.

I could go further in detail, but it would probably just cause a bunch of turmoil on this site which is unnecessary.
 

Some times accidental/unintentional offenses happen, but I hope among polite and civilited people apologies should be enough.

Other point is when WotC really worries about to send a message of "everybody is wellcome to the tabletop" but other people with no-so-good intentions use the speculative fiction to show stereotypes based in prejudices against other nation what was a historical enemy and rival power in the past, for example. Usually when I see a fictiona character wearing a "morrion" (the helm used by the Spanish conquerors) my fear is this is the bad guy, or with some pejorative trait.

Some times some stereotypes are showed in the fiction, but nobody realises until a lot of time after, for example a native who notices these are stereotypes about a different region, or a foreign who has been living in that country for years, and with a different point of view about the natives.

Now WotC has to publish only "crunch": PC lineages, monsters and subclasses, and the own fandom will create new worlds based in their local culture.
 


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