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Unearthed Arcana WotC Removes Latest Unearthed Arcana

WotC has removed this week's Unearthed Arcana from its website. Not only has the article's web page itself been removed, the actual PDF has been replaced with last month's "Subclasses, Part 1" PDF (although it's URL still reads... /UA2020-Subclasses02.pdf).

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WotC has removed this week's Unearthed Arcana from its website. Not only has the article's web page itself been removed, the actual PDF has been replaced with last month's "Subclasses, Part 1" PDF (although it's URL still reads... /UA2020-Subclasses02.pdf).

The article included three new subclasses, the bardic College of Creation, the cleric's Love Domain, and the sorcerer's Clockwork Soul.

[NOTE - NSFW language follows].

I don't know if it's linked, but WotC came under criticism on Twitter for its treatment of the Love Domain. The main argument isn't that mind-control magic has no place in the game, but rather that coercive powers should not be described as "love", and that the domain might be poorly named.

People like game designer Emmy Allen commented: "It seems WotC have tried to create a 'Love' domain for clerics in 5e. By some sheer coincidence they seem to have accidentally created a 'roofie' domain instead. Nothing says 'love' like overriding your target's free will to bring them under your power."


That domain was introduced as follows: "Love exists in many forms—compassion, infatuation, friendly affection, and passionate love as a few facets. Whatever form these feelings take, the gods of love deepen the bonds between individuals."

The powers were Eboldening Bond, Impulsive Infatuation ("Overwhelm a creature with a flash of short-lived by intense admiration for you, driving them to rash action in your defense”), Protective Bond, and Enduring Unity.

Whether the criticism was a factor in the article's withdrawal, I don't know. It might be that it just wasn't ready for prime-time yet. It seems the domain itself would be better named a "control" or "charm" domain than a "love" domain, which seems to be the main thrust of the criticism on Twitter.

WotC's Jeremy Crawford commented: "The official version of the Unearthed Arcana article “Subclasses, Part 2” is still ahead of us, later this week or sometime next week. Our team will hold off on answering questions until you’ve seen the real deal!"
 

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BryonD

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Whizbang Dustyboots

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Does this mean that future reprints of the DMG are going to have a renamed Philter of Love, which basically does the same thing people are upset about?
Maybe it goes the way of the 1E DMG's Harlot table. Times change.

Or maybe it'll get new fluff that makes it clear that magical roofies are morally circumspect. Poison hasn't been removed from the game, but you don't see many Lawful Good characters slathering their weapons in it.
 


cmad1977

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History lesson, Rape Culture when first coined was a term that referred to men's prisons and had NOTHING to with women outside of the prison. Now it's used to horribly smear millions of innocent men, which just so wrong.

Ahaha... hahaha... haaa hahaha... o man... wow. Hehe... sigh...
 


Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
There are differences between Deities of Love and Deities of Attraction. Hera vs Aphrodites, for instance.
Indeed Hera however was not love either Hearth and home, duty and obligation marriage sure but it was back when a lot if not most marriages were not what we could call for love.
 

A different approach might be better. Why not instead focus on other love tropes. An example could be some sort of protection effect for those whom the Cleric designates. Perhaps the Cleric can elect to take damage or harmful effects for their "beloved" behalf. Perhaps buffs if their beloved is in danger. Relying on some sort of cupid-inspired mechanics is kind of an initial assumption yes, but as there are clearly thorns on that rose, why not pick another?
 


Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
For the record, I wasn't making a joke. Cancel culture has its share of strange victims and I am now legitimately wondering if a fairy tale style "Love Potion" in 2020 is going to get the axe because of the dust up over the use of the word Love.
Doubtful, because it’s not portrayed in a positive light.
 


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