It may seem like in every GMing episode, we pile another responsibility on the shoulders of our overburdened Game Masters. This episode might be the heaviest one yet. we talk about a GM’s social responsibility, with special guest co-host Tracy Hurley.
GMs have a lot of responsibility
When last we welcomed Tracy Hurley into the Private Sanctuary, it was based on her role as co-host of The Tome Show, a D&D podcast, to talk about skill challenges in Private Sanctuary 189. Today, we invite her on as blogger Sarah Darkmagic and advocate of equality in gaming. (http://www.sarahdarkmagic.com/)
Inclusivity has been a hot topic lately in gaming and broader geek hobbies, and many tabletop RPG companies have been taking aggressively pro-inclusive steps.
Paizo discussed it at length in their recent Diversity In Gaming seminar at PaizoCon and have been largely praised for supporting transgender fan Distracted Elf through their socially difficult coming out by way of Pathfinder products featuring transgender characters. And it’s heartening to see the predominantly positive response writer Crystal Frasier received for the new iconic shaman, Shardra Geltl.
WotC also took a bold step towards supporting inclusivity by wording the sex section of the new D&D rulebook to encourage playing across gender, and exploring homosexual, transgender, and asexual character ideas. There have been some debates about the wording but overall, WotC has been credited for their good intentions.
However, Tracy went deeper into the product and found fair gender representation to be lacking. What could a publisher of printed adventures, or a GM running a home game, do to create a more inclusive atmosphere?
- Hi Tracy!
- Why is inclusivity important?
- Word choice and being too PC;
- D&D’s influence;
- Where did Lost Mines of Phandelver go wrong?
- Challenges of representation;
- Sexist plot versus sexist plotting;
- Trigger plots/creatures;
- Accommodating your players’ ideas, addressing your players’ intolerance.
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