An excellent question came across my Twitter feed the other day. Paraphrasing, it was “What does supporting diversity look like?” And I realized I write a lot about how diversity is important, and how products and companies struggle and fail with diversity, but not what the actual effort looks like. So, what does supporting diversity look like in world building?Read more
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Garund is a massive continent on Golarion, the primary setting of Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG, and it’s getting a lot of attention in the 2nd edition! This episode is an intro to the area and will set you up for future episodes that explore this amazing location!
Spelljammer. The name makes my skin crawl and my brain cringe. But why? Isn’t it a beloved TSR era setting? Well, apparently people want to know, so here we go with why Spelljammer missed the mark hard for me back in the day and now.Read more
When working with an African coded setting, there’s a lot of biases and temptations that come into play. And from Rifts World Book 4: Africa in 1993 to Tomb of Annihilation in 2017, we see them at work in different ways but with similar results. So how did the creative team behind Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse approach the task?Read more
Why does D&D struggle with lore? This is a question that has seen me type 5000+/- words in drafts over the back half of 2021 after Jeremy Crawford’s bombshell at D&D Live 2021. After I was provided a copy of Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse by Paizo for review purposes, the quandary deepened. How was Paizo rocking and rolling with lore while its senior in the genre of D&D Fantasy was struggling? Why was the Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft so threadbare? So this is it. Let’s dive into D&D’s Lore Problem.Read more