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.
If you couldn’t tell from the topic, it’s Ironicus reblogging this. I know most of you won’t care about the specific issue being covered, but I think we can all respect the importance of who a hobby chooses to legitimize. Who wouldn’t feel weird if DarkSydePhil got the “World’s Best LPer Award” or if Tobuscus had bullied people out of LPing before hosting Ubisoft’s press conference? It’s kind of like that.
So glad I bought this book