Dungeons & Dragons has had a cult like following for decades. It was founded in 1974 by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, who were once devout Christians. However recent plots are becoming more and more progressive. This means creating diverse characters, including ‘queer’ ones. This direction is a deliberate one as lead rules developer Jeremy Crawford has revealed at a recent Gen Con.
Crawford helped publish the Dungeons & Dragons adventure Storm King’s Thunder in 2016. He is married to a man himself and has revealed that the Storm King’s Thunder is partly autobiographical. He stated:
I wasn’t about to have this book go out and not acknowledge that people like me exist.
In 1997 publishers Wizards of the Coast saved Dungeons & Dragons from bankruptcy, by buying the brand. This take-over improved the game and brought it back to what the fans wanted. Now Crawford claims this same publisher is purposefully making the adventures more gay-friendly. He explains:
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 believes this diversity of characters in genuine and not token. He claims the weaving of LGBT storylines into the new stories make the games more interesting by adding more layers to the plots. He says:
You don’t want a party where everyone’s the same. It’s a game where you’re always better off working together, working through your differences and achieving victory together, even when you sometimes disagree. So in so many ways a lot of what we’re doing are lessons from D&D itself.
Minorities can feel invisible when they are not represented on screen, film, games, music, or books. Crawford feels very positive about his publisher’s recent inclusivity. He expresses his appreciation here by saying:
It’s important to many of us personally in the company for the game to acknowledge our existence. It makes a real difference in people’s lives.
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