Can anyone not remember their spells? Then suggest that they write them down. What about forgetting their character’s past? Maybe we could practice that before the session. Don’t they contribute enough? Then give them opportunities to make decisions, find a way to do more, or ask them what they want their character to do between sessions. Communicate!
If you can’t meet your fellow roles in the middle, you’re not actually playing roles.
The usual solution is to find like-minded people, and although that is unfortunately the only option sometimes, it should not be. The community is sufficiently divided and the time has come to explore a little longer what we consider to be the “wrong” way of playing roles.
Discussion of discrimination
While it may be the point, it is worth mentioning how much work has been invested in bringing diversity and inclusion to the media in our time, a trend that geeky interests have particularly embraced.
Last year, Twitter welcomed a small explosion of domestic content that supports the presentation of wheelchair accessibility in the Fifth Edition of D&D. Together with Thomas Lishman i Strata Miniatures,, Russ Charles created a set of figures on the table with personalized wheelchairs for use with Sara Thompson‘s “Combat Wheelchair” Rules.
Not long after, an actor and producer Jennifer Kretchmer contributed to the publication Secrets of candles original book, with an explicit wheelchair-accessible adventure, a style of play she loves collected many resources for free.
We’re talking to Polygon, explains, “As an ambulance wheelchair user, I wanted people to have the opportunity to see themselves represented in the game. In fantasy we have the ability to imagine things. We don’t have to pay for accommodation. “
The a frightening reaction through these completely optional resources it shows how guarding the door can be directed in the ugliest ways.
The inclusiveness that the creators preferred in fantasy opened the door for new people to feel safe at role-playing tables. Geek communities have always been a haven for those who are not there either second, and working to encourage minorities, queer, neurodivergent and differently capable people to feel involved in adventures with their character is something to celebrate. Everyone should be welcome.
However, this does not always work that way.
I can certainly remember being called an F-word at the table, probably because I was the only bisexual player present in a society of exclusively straight men or because I played the only character who was not a straight, white, capable man predictably Eurocentric and monoethnic environment our campaigns.
Whether that incident was an expulsion, normalized into regressive upbringing, or an emphatic statement about who is and who is not welcome to participate in high fantasy, I could not say. I wasn’t very interested in finding out. But my experience is not unique. Many people can confirm the toxicity that can break out on the surface by guarding the door, revealing the more sinister side of the problem. One for sure it is powered by the source material.
The evolution of role-playing
Like every culture in history, role-playing has changed since its inception. Dungeons and Dragons was invented in 1974, in a form that is barely recognizable despite its present-day interpretations. Its continuous evolution in new forms it is natural and necessary, both as a game and as a tool for presenting and inspiring people.
Adventure Zone he himself has already bent the formula of the Fifth Edition around illustrating drag races, magic games and wrestling matches, all while retaining the full lineup of living and unique characters. This does not mean that every D&D game should be unrecognizable from the past, but it shows how much the game can be used, and more importantly, how it nurtures the community around it.
“Playing the game wrong” is the beginning because winning is not everything, especially in role-playing, where failure is just one cube. Dice games are about disaster as often as they are about triumph. But true evolution comes from redefinition. Players should not be penalized for playing the “wrong” characters; the rules should be able to honestly adjust what they want.