Dungeons and Dragons developer apologizes for stereotypes

It does so in a statement on the Dungeons and Dragons website. “We would like to acknowledge the addition of objectionable material in the recent Spelljammer: Adventures in Space content. We have failed you, our players and fans, and we are sincerely sorry,” the statement reads.

A population group would be portrayed as stereotyping and hurtful in the new update. “The campaign features a group of people called Hadozee who first appeared in 1982. Unfortunately, not all content related to the Hadozee was properly screened before appearing in our most recent release. As we continue to learn and grow through each situation, we recognize that we need to be better to live up to our standards.”

The developer is going to change the way of working to make a more inclusive game. “Throughout the 50-year history of Dungeons and Dragons, some of the characters in the game have been monstrous and evil, with descriptions that are painfully reminiscent of how groups in the real world have been and are still being denigrated. We understand the urgency to change the way we work to ensure a more inclusive game.”

The Hadozee content has been removed from the game with immediate effect and will no longer be used in future versions of the book. In addition, the developer will conduct a “thorough internal evaluation” and take action based on the results.

“We are infinitely grateful for the ongoing dialogue with the D&D community and we look forward to adding new, inclusive content for generations to come. D&D teaches us that diversity is strength. In that spirit, we are committed to making D&D so inclusive. That part of our work will never stop,” Wizards of the Coast concludes the message.

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