Although I mentioned it earlier, I feel that these four sentences need to be recognized for their value in bringing gaming out of the dark ages that we fantasize in the game.
“You don’t need to be confined to binary notions of sex and gender. The elf god Corellon Larethian is often seen as androgynous or hermaphroditic, for example, and some elves in the multiverse are made in Corellon’s image. You could also play a female character who presents herself as a man, a man who feels trapped in a female body, or a bearded female dwarf who hates being mistaken for a male. Likewise, your character’s sexual orientation is for you to decide.”
There have been hundreds of Facebook posts and Tweets about this paragraph expressing gratitude and relief at its inclusion. Stories of people who wanted to play homosexual or transgendered characters only to be told “Those don’t exist in Forgotten Realms/Greyhawk/etc.”
I recognize that there has been a huge issue in gaming culture involving gender issues and gaming. As a non-heteronormative individual I applaud the sensitivity and acknowledgement of the writers and publishers of this game in recognizing that while there has never been (I own ever edition of D&D printed) a specific discussion of sexuality, non-binary gender (except for a bit in the AD&D 1st Printing of Deities and Demigods) or rules that barred them, this statement makes it clear that in the future if someone says “Those don’t exist!” the issue is their issue - not the games. It is a RULE in D&D that heteronormativity is NOT the rule and that everyone is welcome. This is an amazing thing and I agree with many others that Wizards of the Coast has earned praised for taking up valuable print real estate making it clear.
Review of D&D (5th Edition) Player’s Handbook, (via Phoenix Comics & Games Blog)
Seeing this portion of a review of the new edition of D&D on the blog of my FLGS (Phoenix Comics & Games in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district) frustrates me. I think it’s great that WotC is being inclusive with their game, but at the same time, I feel like that single, quoted paragraph is getting so much attention, while the years of inclusiveness in Pathfinder—not in an overt statement but in actual characters who aren’t tokenized, but just are—is getting totally overlooked.
I mean, all credit to WotC for bringing inclusiveness to the D&D brand, but I wish the general public, and especially those in the media and writing reviews lauding the move would give credit to the existing game(s) that have been doing it for years.
See 50 LGBTQ Characters in the Pathfinder RPG on wesschneider's tumblr or the recent debut of transgendered iconic shaman Shardra (see her Meet the Iconics introduction here) for more on the inclusiveness that has been part of an existing game for over 7 years.(via markmoreland)
Estonian astrophotographer Raivo Hein captured Moon with Jupiter and its moons!
Very cool pic of the Moon, Jupiter and it’s moons.
I need help! What kind of plant is this??? I rescued it from lowes (it was in the clearance section with no information card!)
Some kind of cactus? Does it have any spines. Pretty weird looking…maybe not of this earth….hmmmmm.
Here are 10 photos (out of 22) from my series Racial Microaggressions. I have asked my friends on the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced on a poster for me to take a picture of them.
Adorable! Poor Pluto. wilwheaton:
"If you think homosexuality is an unnatural condition, I cannot agree with you."
Kevin Rudd smashes a pastor’s views on marriage equality on Q&A [x]
"Hokey dice rolling and boardgames are no substitute for a good blaster at your side"
I totally boned this chick named Roxie at @SW_Celebration #seewhatididthere (Taken with Instagram)
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