It’s Black History Month, so now’s the time to get acquainted with Black writers, artists, and designers to show them love all year!
Game publishing company New Agenda Publishing is an all star team devoted to hiring people of color, “especially women of color”, for their projects. Misha Bushyager, Jerry D. Grayson, and Eloy Lasanta were recently published by podcast The Jank about their company. It looks like their first game will be Orun, a science fiction game set post human space colonization.
To support creators of color, buy their products and hire them for your projects (we are currently accepting submissions, by the way). If you’re looking for a starting point, Black Game Developers is a list of… it’s in the title. As they say on the site, “Here they are. Hire them. Buy their stuff.”
Finally, if you’re a supporter of RPGs on a budget, Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games has the following suggestion:
This week I had the great pleasure of listening to some key podcasts, so this week’s reading takes the for of weekly listening.
Avonelle Wing discussed inclusive conventions and how to create them on Greatway Games. The casters also discussed “community” and terminologies that create strong networks, rather than exclusionary groups. It’s an important conversation for anyone looking to keep their gaming open and diverse.
Also of interest, Dungeon’s & Donations is currently running with raffles and live D&D for charity. Check it out on Twitch!
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about inclusion and representation in genre media and gaming. Enjoy the selections below:
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This week feels like it has stretched on into eternity, but here we are, on Friday! My Dad just joined Twitter, have you? Tweets are some of the best ways to get solid information on inclusive gaming, better GMing, and learn about new rules systems.
For instance, this morning I came across this excellent tweet by a gamer working to make it more accessible for those who are blind:
This use of technology can be used by a variety of people, as noted by some of the commentators:
People are already critting with this helpful tip:
Don’t ban phones from your table just yet, and get those mauls rolling!
The hashtage #GMTips on Twitter is also full of helpful aids for making sure your game is accessible. It’s in reference to a show hosted by GM Satine Pheonix, but others are also posting their own tips.
- Geek and Sundry posted an article on enhancing the visual impact of your game, which ultimately helps players dive into it more easily.
- Jesse Galena shared a post on presenting options to your players, and accepting the options your players present to you as a GM. It’s great article on balancing the interaction between the god-like role of Game Mastering and creating a story you want to be a part of as a player.
Have more tips on must-reads and better inclusivity at the table? Comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s required reading will cover articles that may not be so recent, but led to the founding of PanopLit.
- Monica Valentinelli is a giant of the industry, and spoke for many of us when she published “We Have Always Been Here, Mortherfucker” with the SpecFic publisher Uncanny.
- Dungeons & Dragons latest editions included guidance on defining your character’s gender identity and how that fit within the setting. This was covered by The Independent, as well as Kotaku, where game designer Jeremy Crawford is quoted as saying “I wasn’t about to have this book go out and not acknowledge that people like me exist.”
- A throwback, but this post from Improved Initiative goes above and beyond by providing some actionable suggestions on taking your characters farther. With “The 5 RPG Characters We Should Stop Playing“, Neal Litherland breaks down archetypes we see players picking up again and again, for better or, more often, worse.
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