How Dungeons and Dragons is endorsing the darkest parts of the RPG community
Note: The people named in this article have a history of harassing their critics. As such I have chosen to keep my sources and any traceable information they have given me anonymous to protect them.
Three weeks ago the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons came out. D&D is the iconic tabletop role playing game, so a new edition is a big deal. It’s one of the few times that the small, insular pen and paper community gets noticed by the rest of the world. Many game websites have talked about it, notably Polygon’s piece on gender inclusive language. Yet at the same time as D&D tries to appeal to those outside the gender binary, it has been driving them away by employing two of the most toxic personalities in tabletop gaming.
how many of us, as children, have had creeping thoughts of “i think i have a crush on somebody of my own gender” or “i wish i were another gender” and dismissed them so swiftly and so effectively because those ideas were unnatural and unconscionable that they never had the chance to grow into our identities? how many more of us, when finally told from childhood that queerness is a real and good option, will be queer and will love it?
I’ve hoarded the URL ‘myotherurliscanon’ and I really like just having my name as my URL but also I really like that joke
shoutout to trans girls who like to wear “masculine” clothes
shoutout to trans boys who like to wear “feminine” clothes
shoutout to non-binary people who like to wear clothing that people might see as gendered
shoutout to every trans and genderqueer person whose identity is fucking valid forever no matter what they wear or don’t wear