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D&D and Racism 4: Arguments

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    MetArtScroll
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    From Part 2, the emphasis is mine: I have to disagree here. D&D is inherently a game of combat/violence and looting, but it is NOT inherently a game of racism. Thus, even though the violence...

    From Part 2, the emphasis is mine:

    Since D&D is inherently a game of combat and looting, it would be absurd to remove these elements. This would be analogous to removing cars from NASCAR or removing skating from ice hockey. Since the violence argument is reduced to absurdity, the diversity argument is absurd as well. D&D should remain unchanged: killing, looting and no diversity changes.

    I have to disagree here. D&D is inherently a game of combat/violence and looting, but it is NOT inherently a game of racism. Thus, even though the violence argument can be reduced to absurdity, this does not apply to the diversity argument.

    As for Part 4 and the general story, I have somehow never perceived character races as actual races. While the Wikipedia article states that a character race may encompass several notions, I would say that the best term for D&D and inspired games (which includes many Roguelikes) would be species.

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    1. Tardigrade
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      I agree with the first paragraph with the exception of some of the races being written as having an innate distrust for others in some of the published campaigns. I might have been mistaken but...

      I agree with the first paragraph with the exception of some of the races being written as having an innate distrust for others in some of the published campaigns.

      I might have been mistaken but I've taken races such as dwarves and elves to be species but dark elves and wood elves are different species which he did touch on.

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  2. mrbig
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    I will not be posting an excerpt because this author poses condensed arguments about touchy subjects that are easy to misconstrue outside of their original context. I advise readers to take the...

    I will not be posting an excerpt because this author poses condensed arguments about touchy subjects that are easy to misconstrue outside of their original context. I advise readers to take the arguments in full, and to also read the previous parts, which I link here:

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