Has magic become too ubiquitous?

I will return to the theme of disability and prosthetics next week, but for now here’s something completely different which has been brewing for a while. Regular readers of my blog will know that I started off playing D&D in the 80s with the BECMI boxed sets and Mystara gazetteers, then had a long break, … Continue reading Has magic become too ubiquitous?

The question of race part 8 – revised ratings and conclusions

In The question of Race, or nature versus nurture I looked at races in Dungeons and Dragons, starting with BECMI and AD&D, and then moving onto 5e, with a view to developing cultural traits which could be swapped about for a character with a certain genetics raised by a different race. It quickly became clear … Continue reading The question of race part 8 – revised ratings and conclusions

The question of race part 7 – looking back

In The question of Race, or nature versus nurture I looked at races in Dungeons and Dragons, starting with BECMI and AD&D, and then moving onto 5e, with a view to developing cultural traits which could be swapped about for a character with a certain genetics raised by a different race. In The Question of … Continue reading The question of race part 7 – looking back

The question of race part 6 – Wildemount

In The question of Race, or nature versus nurture I looked at races in Dungeons and Dragons, starting with BECMI and AD&D, and then moving onto 5e. With the sensibility around racial predeterminism, Wizards brought out Tasha's Cauldron of Everything and included a section on varying the underlying cultural racial attributes of a character. In … Continue reading The question of race part 6 – Wildemount

The Question of Race part 5 – Eberron

In The question of Race, or nature versus nurture I looked at races in Dungeons and Dragons, starting with BECMI and AD&D, and then moving onto 5e. With the sensibility around racial predeterminism, Wizards brought out Tasha's Cauldron of Everything and included a section on varying the underlying cultural racial attributes of a character. In … Continue reading The Question of Race part 5 – Eberron

The question of race part 4 – Ravnica, Theros and Ravenloft

In The question of Race, or nature versus nurture I looked at races in Dungeons and Dragons, starting with BECMI and AD&D, and then moving onto 5e. With the sensibility around racial predeterminism, Wizards brought out Tasha's Cauldron of Everything and included a section on varying the underlying cultural racial attributes of a character. In … Continue reading The question of race part 4 – Ravnica, Theros and Ravenloft

The question of race part 3 – Volo’s Guide to Monsters

In The question of Race, or nature versus nurture I looked at races in Dungeons and Dragons, starting with BECMI and AD&D, and then moving onto 5e. With the sensibility around racial predeterminism, Wizards brought out Tasha's Cauldron of Everything and included a section on varying the underlying cultural racial attributes of a character. In … Continue reading The question of race part 3 – Volo’s Guide to Monsters

The Question of Race part 2 – comparisons

In The question of Race, or nature versus nurture, I talked about an elf who grew up on the street and wouldn't have learned elvish proficiency, and other combinations where the character might try to claim benefits of a race without growing up among that race. I also talked about genetics versus culture across different … Continue reading The Question of Race part 2 – comparisons

The question of Race, or nature versus nurture

Over the last year there has been a lot of talk against Dungeons and Dragons races and how they pre-determine various attributes of a character (generally with the conclusion that this is BAD and very un-woke and un-politically-correct). Tasha's Cauldron of Everything brought in some changes to attempt to address these concerns, but from what … Continue reading The question of Race, or nature versus nurture