WotC WotC's Chris Perkins On D&D's Inclusivity Processes Going Forward

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Over on D&D Beyond, WotC's Chris Perkins has written a blog entry about how the company's processes have been changed to improve the way the D&D studio deals with harmful content and inclusivity. This follows recent issues with racist content in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, and involves working with external cultural consultants.

The studio’s new process mandates that every word, illustration, and map must be reviewed by multiple outside cultural consultants prior to publication.

 

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I read something about the sitcom Friends is not right for the current standards. Today more no-Caucasian people should be added, although I guess we should forgive it.


Other point is being right is not enough. You can't say it always in an aggresive way. Some times the things have to be said subtly, softly or diplomatically. If you try other to feel guilty or ashamed because this has got a different point of view, then you aren't doing it in the right way. Don't force others to agree you, never. The art of can convince is not like this. You have to earn their trust and then these will be willing to keep listening you.

And we can't forget the main goal is the work to be loved by the fandom or audience. If this gets bored and doesn't enjoy, then all the effort has been useless. Showing a new characters is not enough. The authors have to worry about to add the right traits to be popular, how to create an empathy link, and not to be a boring Mary Sue.
Comics run into this problem often (though there are exceptions) whenever they add a POC, woman or non-cis hero to the stable, and then cancel the series because it doesn't meet sales projections. Representation alone doesn't make a character fun and interesting, and therefore worth spending money on.

Also, these stories have an unfortunate tendency to push their agendas as hard or harder than the actual genre aspects, which can turn off some people, even those who agree with the agenda.
 

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