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The new Dungeons & Dragons adventures are more inclusive of LGBTI identities

The new Dungeons & Dragons adventures are more inclusive of LGBTI identities

Dungeons & Dragons, the fantasy tabletop game, has made sure its newest editions are more inclusive of LGBTI identities.

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was originally created in 1974. Now, over 40 years later, the popular game seeks to include people from all walks of life.

The publishers of D&D released two new editions last year, Curse of Strahd and Storm King’s Thunder.

Kotaku reports that the publisher of the D&D books, Wizards of the Coast, plans to make the game ‘more gay.’

Jeremy Crawford, the game’s lead rules developer, told Kotaku that every D&D adventure since Curse of Strahd has included more queer identities, and that this theme will continue.

‘Ever since we brought our adventure design fully back in-house all of our new adventures contain LGBT characters. This is true of our next adventure, Tomb of Annihilation, and it will be true of our stories after that,’ Crawford said.

This is exciting news for LGBTI gamers.

Christyn, a 27-year-old trans woman, has been playing D&D since she was 11.

‘It’s encouraging for me to look in the character creation chapter in the new Player’s Handbook and see it give examples of trans characters, without breaking the high fantasy mood even,’ Christyn tells GSN.

‘And then including gay characters just matter of factly, without making a big deal about it, is wonderful to see as well,’ she continues.

However, as D&D allows for creativity, one could technically always play as an LGBTI character.

‘In the third edition there were optional rules for sanity, in a splatbook on horror campaigns and then in a big book of optional rules (Unearthed Arcana, published 2004), and there was a listing of “psychosexual illnesses,” which basically went “sadism, pedophilia, transsexualism,”’ Christyn explains. ‘And then in Book of Vile Darkness it was suggested that notable villains might be marked by unusual depravities, and one of the examples given was dressing in women’s clothing.’

But, Christyn says, these new adventures that don’t demonize LGBTI identities is ‘certainly a turn around.’

Christyn notes that many straight men who are fans of the game are upset by these updated, inclusive versions.

‘All the boys on the internet are complaining about this, because they’re saying it’s pandering and that it was always an option to play whoever you wanted,’ she says. ‘But what we really hear from that is “our escapist fantasies include rules for a world where you by default don’t exist.”’

D&D Tomb of Annihilation will be released on 19 September, 2017.