Author: Amy Goodenough

Cover art for The Ultraviolet Grasslands and the Black City, nominated for ENnie Awards for Best Cover Art and Best Interior Art. Artist: Luka Rejec

This week, Dungeons & Dragons — as a game and as a company — comes under strong criticism for its treatment of minority groups. A former staff member talks about corporate attitudes towards minority groups that led to them leaving the company. The DM’s Guild comes under fire for its treatment of a game with…

Read More 29 June–5 July 2020: Dungeons & Dragons & Diversity

Cover Art from Paizo's Agents of Edgewatch adventure path

The past weeks have been angry ones in gaming, as they have been angry everywhere. In this update we see some of the bigger publishers in the industry respond to their complicity in racism, police brutality, & sexual harassment: Wizards promises sensitivity readers; Paizo apologises for a police-themed Adventure Path; Onyx Path suspends its Operations…

Read More 15–28 June 2020: Racism, Cops, Harassment

Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Earthblood

To tell you the truth, we are angry. The last week has seen ongoing protest, police brutality, voter suppression, white supremacist warmongering, and a cynical rollback of the rights of transgender people. Perhaps none of this is news. But it is a moment, and in the midst of this moment, it is difficult to write…

Read More 8–14 June 2020: Black Lives Matter, World of Darkness, D&D Live

Anti-racist protesters throw statue of slave trader, Edward Colston, into the Bristol harbour. Photo by Keir Gravil

As the world erupts in anti-racist protests following appalling police brutality in the US, the RPG industry is taking stock. Ours is an industry dominated by white creators, full of games characterised by racist & colonialist tropes, frequently hostile to people of colour. We have, for a long time, been due a reckoning. This week,…

Read More 1–7 June 2020: Black Lives Matter

Fresco of dice players in Pompeii

This week we see the impact of Gen Con’s cancellation, hear about how games helped people cope in a crisis in the second millennium BCE, and get a whole lot of RPG history. Don’t Support Us Every week we ask for your support in keeping this website running, and we have been so grateful for…

Read More 25–31 May 2020: Herodotus, Gen Con, A Silent RPG

Cover art from Beamdog's Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

This week is a somewhat sombre one. Last year’s #AbuseIsNotAGame has echoes in a new Twitterstorm this week, targeting one of Dungeons & Dragons’ designers. Meanwhile, not unexpectedly, Gen Con has been cancelled in the face of the pandemic — the first time the con has been cancelled in over 50 years. Dungeons & Dragons…

Read More 18–24 May 2020: Abuse in the Industry; D&D Live; Gen Con Cancelled

Cover art for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook

The “regular” news this week is sparse — a few delays, a few snippets of RPG history, a vague promise that something will be announced sometime in the computer games industry. We revisit two of the countless legal battles from TSR’s history, we take a look at the Itch.io RPG community and we get some…

Read More 11–17 May 2020: TSR Lawsuits, Covid-19 Delays, Twilight: 2000

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We took a week off to clear our heads, but oh, things kept rolling in games. It’s a bumper double issue today! There’s rough, but not exactly surprising news from Kickstarter, as the company announces massive layoffs in the face of decreasing pledges. Arguments flared up around the presence of “evil races” in RPGs —…

Read More 27 April–10 May 2020: Orcs, Kickstarter Lay-Offs, Comic Relief

Cover Art for Kids on Brooms by Renegade Game Studios

We’re all still stuck inside, waiting for the doctors, nurses, politicians and Tom Hanks to save us. But this week, things look, well, maybe a little brighter. At least, this week’s news feels a bit more like the good old days. Of course, gaming online is still the subject of the day: in particular, a…

Read More 20–26 April 2020: Gaming Online; Demographics; Where Your Money Goes