Orcs are just Misunderstood

Because of course, Dungeons & Dragons is taking steps to fight racial bias against orcs and dark elves.
Wizards also pledged to take a more nuanced approach with the way it portrays the drow, a race of dark-skinned elves that are depicted as evil, cave-dwelling murderers.... Wizards says it will try to present these races as “just as morally and culturally complex as other peoples” in both the RPG game and its various works of fiction. It also pledged to loosen up the RPG game’s rules around racial bonuses, which previously deemed certain species to be stronger, smarter or more agile than others.

“This option emphasizes that each person in the game is an individual with capabilities all their own,” the company said in its statement.
That's going to make for exciting campaigns, the struggle of good against evil... light against dark, no that one clearly won't do... hm, strong versus weak is right out, because no one is 'really' weak (whatever their Strength score)... 'woke versus unwoke' is too close to 'good against evil'... well, the story's conflict will be, hm, how about 'us against the guys from down the street we just don't like'?


ymarsakar said...

But they already did this with RA Salvatore's novels years ago. Why is this new?

I thought it was kind of weird, but it was more organic that way.

ymarsakar said...

The FUnny thing about ADnD is that their spell and god system is like almost correct. ALmost.

The dark gods do need worshippers and representatives, mouth pieces. They are weak, that is why they need mortals. The Weave is like a Matrix or grid.

Planescape is like the multiverse with its portals and parallel realities.

As a priest, I don't use holy spells via a book or ritual. I just pray for it to happen and it does.

As a magician, I don't throw reagents or diamond dust to cast spells. I use them as catalysts or tools to channel power. Instead of jewels as components to cast a spell, I have rocks aka crystals instead. There is no memorization limit however, unless one speaks of mathematical calculations like astrology.

Consider that the djedi have mental swords made out of energy projections. Lucas arts jedi have light sabers made from crystals.

A "laser" is basically an energy projection using a lens or crystal as a focus.

ADnD is not accurate enough that one can cast spells from it. But it is close enough to trigger people's fears about the dark arts.

ymarsakar said...

At this point, instead of Marvel and Wizards of the Coast, one might as well just read Ymar's world for entertainment. I trust it would be more accurate and purer.

Anonymous said...

Right. I need to get my campaign and updated rule books NOW, before the prices skyrocket. Because that's going to be the start of the end of Wizards of the Coast. Next they'll be saying that using colored dragons as evil is colorist, or something, and all metallic dragons as good is, um, heck, I don't know.

[In D&D dragons with color (white, red, blue, green, all the way to black and then Tiamat) are all chaotic or lawful evil and metallic dragons (copper, bronze, to silver and gold) are all chaotic or lawful good. Unless the DM opts to throw in a neutral evil/good, which really messes with players' minds.]


Tom said...

I ran into a bit of this from a player about 10 years ago, so I'm not really that surprised.

Coincidentally, I stopped playing about 10 years ago. They've deformed the game so much it isn't fun for me, but the old rules aren't fun for players who grew up on Call of Duty and Halo. To be fair, though, the Vancian magic of the old rules always sucked.

bdoran said...

I go away for a few days and you’ve Auto-Overtonned to Orcs?

Wow. Following.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I'm 90% sure this is not satire.

douglas said...

LR, surely the metallic dragons will have to be considered evil capitalists, and therefore the good/evil labels will have to be flip-flopped, wuth the rainbow coalition of dragons being the good guys.


ymarsakar said...

I never seen a metallic dragon before.

The description of a seraphim in the garden of eden texts, is very close to that of flying serpentine fire breathers of the east.