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Demi-human (Non)Diversity

Tweet Update: This article was cited in an online petition to Wizards of the Coast asking  for more gender and ethnic diversity in the figures depicted in the artwork for D&D Next. The petition, created by Josh Fox, asks for a minimum of 50% of people shown to be female, a minimum of 20% of people shown to be “non-white”, and for Wizards to remove the text specifically describing demi-humans as being exclusively “pale-skinned”. You can sign the petition here: D&D Should Be For Everyone, Not Just White Men, which I would encourage everyone to do. Note: This article does relate to role-playing. First though, I feel it’s necessary to share a bit of my personal background to provide some context to this article. I’ll try to keep it short. I and my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alternate Views, General Gaming, Opinion

The Wisdom 8 Rogue

Tweet In his August 6th D&D Next article, Mike Mearls indicated that WotC had received some feedback regarding the rogue class and it’s ability to find traps. Some people felt it was silly for the cleric to have a better chance of finding traps than the rogue, simply because the cleric had a higher Wisdom score. WotC’s solution was to create a rule that allows rogue players to use the higher of either a +3 or their ability score modifier when using a skill in which the rogue is trained. This is an absolutely terrible idea. The problem: Other people than me have pointed this out, but this “solution” effectively gives the rogue a score of 16 to 17 in any ability score related to a skill in which the character is trained. We don’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, General Gaming, Opinion