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    <>Ancestry & Culture: An alternative to Race in 5e

    I just got my physical copy of this wonderful tome by Arcanist Press! It has a great introduction that explains why the use of the term “Race” in our beloved role-playing games is so problematic, and then offers a great solution for it that fits right in-between existing 5e rules.

    We’ve been looking for a good alternative to “Race” for the character options we publish on our patreon, and we’re now going to do some tests to see if this model is something we could use.

    I highly recommend you check it out! The free preview on DiveThruRPG includes the introduction & full rules for alternate character creation.

    Find it here <> Ancestry & Culture

    I don’t understand why “race” is somehow a bad thing in D&D?

    Some people have responded to this idea with some confusion, so I’ll try to explain it as best I can.

    <>Why “Race”, as used in Role-Playing Games, is bad.

    Most role-playing games explicitly combine a person’s physical traits with their morality into one package at character creation, usually presented as “Race”. By doing this, these games (often unwittingly) support the idea that a person’s genetics decide a person’s morality and worth.

    This is a bad thing because there are people who play these games – black people, disabled people, women, just to name a few – who have been told their entire lives they are lesser than others because of the way they were born; because of the way they look. For them, this kind of bigotry is a painful, every day reality. No-one should have to experience that in a game.

    This is also why just renaming “Race” as it is presented in role-playing games to something like “Species” doesn’t help as much as you’d think. It doesn’t address the problem at it’s root – the false idea that a person’s genetics determines their worth (or: their traits).

    <>Why I think “Ancestry” and “Culture” is a good alternative.

    By splitting Ancestry – the physical traits inherited from one’s parents, and Culture – the traits taught to you by your parents & community, the game mechanics no longer explicitly imply a person’s genetics (or: appearance) determine their morality and perceived worth. In this updated system, Bad Tieflings can still exist. Evil dark elves can still exist. Bigoted people who believe all Tieflings and all Dark Elves are evil can still exist.

    But those things are no longer assumed to be true at character creation.

    <>Why I’m excited to start using the Ancestry & Culture method.

    The world all of our games take place in, Hemelin, has various diverse cultures dotted around the place. I have often struggled to express this well using the existing mould of “Race”, but before I discovered the “Ancestry & Culture” method, I didn’t understand what was causing this struggle.

    I find that using separate Ancestries and Cultures provides much more robust framework for us to design player options for our world with. I’m excited at the prospect of being able to present various cultures that players can identify with without needing to also be of a certain ancestry! I’m excited to empower our players to create more diverse characters that reflect our game world!!

    <>A final note.

    The book “Ancestry & Culture, an alternative to Race in 5e” explains all of these concepts way better than I can. I urge you to read it, even if it’s just the free preview.

    You can find it <>here<>

    This is such a good supplement to D&D character creation and you should all check it out.

    straight culture is “breakup prank” being a thing

    on their anniversary.


    and he still posted it????


    Um…excuse me, but why is this labeled as “Straight Culture”? Are you saying this is something only straight people would do, because as a straight person, we aren’t all that stupid. I’m not saying that straight people are better than any other kind of person, I’m just asking that you don’t label us under something so offensive. I mean, how would you feel if I said that (in the right circumstances) this was “gay culture” or “trans culture” or “bi culture”. Doesn’t seem fair does it? Again, I’m not saying all gay/trans/bi people are stupid enough to do this, but neither are straight people. Thank you.

    shut up straightie


    Oh, fuck you. I tried being as respectful as possible, but yet again you guys just read only what you want! I was just saying straight people aren’t bad people, we are just as good and bad as anybody who is LGBTQ+. You guys want to stop being generalized? Well then stop generalizing us!

    straight people are bad


    Can you tell me why?

    being straight is unnatural





    being straight is a sin


    You are joking right? Please tell me this is a joke. Surely nobody could be that stupid.

    no i’m serious


    I’m starting to question how you have the IQ necessary to use a keyboard if you truly think you are correct here.

    it says right on the first page of the bible that god hates cishets


    I’m going to argue against this in two parts.

    • I’m VERY sure that the bible says that god hates gays. (which I don’t agree with)

    “GOD created Adam and Eve and realized cishets were a mistake.” is the opening line of the bible


    It is very clearly not. I’m pretty sure that “cishets” was not a term used back when the bible was written.

    that’s fake, actually


    Ok, I’m done. Say waht you want, but you are wrong and everyone knows it. You can stop trying now. It would be a waste of your energy, not that I care anyway.

    they went and googled the opening fucking line lahlahlusdfghajlfghjl;adhgat


    straight culture is freaking the fuck out at being slightly made fun of and doing the absolute most to prove they’re right

    This post is smooth in all directions.

    smooth like a shark

    2020 be like, is it saturday tomorrow or is it june

    It’s so significant too that this narrative was collected by Zora Neale Hurston, one of the greatest authors and anthropologists of her time. She was shunned by the “gatekeepers” of both of these professions, largely because of her Blackness, her womanhood, and her uncompromising commitment to honoring and showcasing both in her works. She died penniless and alone in a state-run institution in 1960. All of her works had gone out of publication by then. It took more than a decade before she was rediscovered. A young author by the name of Alice Walker had come across her work and was deeply inspired by it. “In 1973, after an exhaustive search, Walker came across Hurston’s unmarked grave in Ft. Pierce, Fla. She purchased a headstone for Hurston’s tomb and had it inscribed “A Genius of the South.“”

    It is through Zora Neale Hurston’s pioneering sacrifice, and the acceptance of that inheritance by Alice Walker that we have found this missing piece of our history. Without the courageous and unfailing work of Black women, we wouldn’t have Cudjo Lewis’s story. We are slowly regaining a narrative that’s been hidden from us, one that continues to be lied about. Trust Black women to lead the way.

    Is there anything that makes me happier than the Harry Potter cast basically saying "fuck you JKR" and speaking up against transphobia? The answer is no

    Please spread!!!!

    the flat earth society bought a $20,000 super accurate laser gyroscope to prove the earth doesn’t rotate 15 degrees per hour and they kept getting results that proved it does so they kept altering the test to try and make it not drift 15 degrees but it didn’t work so they just said “well we still don’t believe it and we have other stuff that proves it so whatever”


    Reminder that it’s impossible to reason with people who are willfully ignorant.

    how to tell if your “friend” is not being a friend:

  • every time you talk about a problem, you have to spend time convincing them it’s a real problem
  • you have to convince them that your feelings are real and justified 
  • you have to explain to them, more than once, to stop saying things that genuinely make you feel awful
  • you have to be understanding of their point of view entire time, but that doesn’t work both ways, they don’t do it back
  • you have to be understanding to the point where you accept that they wont ever see your point of view
  • if your problems make them uncomfortable you have to stop talking
  • they compete with you and try to prove you that their situation is worse no matter what you struggle with
  • they try to convince you to get over yourself and to not think of yourself too highly
  • they make you feel like your opinions, actions or emotions are stupid, and like you should be ashamed for expressing anything to anyone
  • they pick up on your vulnerabilities then use them against you in critical times
  • they say things they know will hurt you, to get to you
  • they hurt you to prove their point and think it’s legit reason to cause you pain
  • they talk down to you, act as if you’re not capable of making good decisions, scare you into not doing as you wanted, make you feel inadequate and inexperienced in comparison to them
  • they don’t care if they tire you out with their problems
  • they don’t care if you’ve already given them more than you comfortably can give
  • they don’t find you worthy of their compassion and care
  • they don’t think you’ve deserved their attention or admiration
  • they neglect you and then come back to you when they need you
  • they act as if it’s normal for you to spend much more energy and time on them than they do in return
  • they expect unlimited compassion, kindness, energy, time and care from you, and act as if it’s the least you could do for them
  • they don’t even consider going that length in return
  • if they forget, even for a second, that you’re a human being
  • they’re not to be trusted.

    <>Broke: vulcans don’t play games, as they are illogical

    <>Woke: vulcans absolutely play games as resting so as to recuperate after exertion is highly logical and they have a marked preference for the Terran game, chess

    <>Third eye slaming open at 4:27am: vulcans love poker. They won’t mention it and they’ll justify it but after first contact they descended on poker like a murder of starving ravens as a unified cultural phenomenon

    I don’t watch Star Trek really but “Competitive emotional suppression with probability assessment and observation skills” is the most Vulcan leisure activity I can imagine. 

    Writing Tip: Keep an eye on your “was”

    Want a quick, powerful way to tighten up your writing? Open up your story. Ctrl+f the word “was.” Now see if you can cut that number down by half by rephrasing those sentences to have more active, dynamic verbs and more robust descriptions. 


    She was wearing a white dress that offset the tan of her skin, and her hair was coiffed into tight ringlet curls.


    The dress hugged her figure, the white fabric a bright contrast against her late-summer tan. Her hair, coiled into tight ringlets, bounced around her shoulders.

    See the difference? 

    Here’s the deal with “was.” It, along with its fellow “being” verbs am, is, are, to be, been, being, describes a state of…well…being. Other verbs describe actions: run! jump! laugh! cough! fight! kiss! things that you do, in other words. But the being verbs don’t really do much of anything. 

    Sometimes, “was” is used to create a sentence in passive voice. In fact, that last sentence is in passive voice! (sneaky, right?) What’s passive voice? It’s a nifty linguistic trick that lets you hide the subject of a sentence. 

    The body was dragged for miles. (what dragged it?) 

    A bullet was found lodged in the wall. (who found it?) 

    The book was placed on the bookshelf. (who put it there?) 

    Sometimes, this is pretty useful. It’s useful if you’re a journalist who needs to report an event but you’re missing some of the facts. You can’t make a guess as to who did something, so you’ve got to just quietly skirt around that part. Cool. 

    But sometimes, you’ll see bizarre passive sentence constructions like: 

    The bullet was found by police lodged in the wall. (what were the police doing in the wall, that sounds uncomfortable)

    The bullet was found lodged in the wall by police (wait so the police put it there?) 

    The bullet lodged into the wall was found by police (k but that seems a little wordy doesn’t it). 

    Those sound weird, right? Wouldn’t it be so much easier to just say: 

    Police found the bullet lodged into the wall

    That’s way better, right? Clear, concise meaning, no wasted words. 

    <>So that’s Problem #1 with “Was” - it’s often used in passive sentence construction, and passive sentences can be vague, unnecessarily long or confusingly worded. If you change your passive voice sentences to active voice, you’ll get more punch in your writing. 

    <>Problem #2 with “Was” is it’s a good sign that you’re telling instead of showing in your story. When you say “something was X,” you are stating a fact. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with stating facts or telling sometimes in your writing, but if you do it too much, you’re going to create narrative distance between the reader and your story. We’re not going to feel like we’re “there.” 

    So don’t tell us, “Billy was sad.” Show us the quiver of his lip, the gleam of tears in his eye, the hitch in his chest as he fights back a sob. 

    <>Problem #3 with “Was” is it allows you to write static descriptions without any action. You can spend whole paragraphs telling me what something looked like, and thanks to our pal the “being” verb, nothing has to happen in those paragraphs! Yay! Now guess what? Your reader is going to be bored as shit. Those are the paragraphs of description that the reader is going to skim over because nothing is happening. 

    Allow me to illustrate: 

    The dog was red. 

    Okay? So…? 

    The red dog. 

    …Wait a minute. The red dog what. What is the red dog doing? 

    If you cut “was” out of the equation, all of a sudden all of your sentences are going to require action verbs. Stuff will have to happen. And that can only be good for your writing. 

    <>So look. Here’s the thing. “Was” isnt evil. You can use it. Sometimes, you want to use it for a specific effect. But it’s a good idea to go back through your manuscript and read all of your “was” sentences and decide whether you really want them to be that way – if you’re doing something specific – or if you just fell back on it out of habit. 

    Hope this was helpful, and good luck! 

    Sorry, I could never be a capitalist, I suffer from “wanting humans to have their basic needs met” disorder, where I care about people who aren’t me.

    Someone once asked me if, assuming we got universal healthcare, I would be okay with the rise in “healthcare tourism” where people who are sick come to our country to get their medical bills taken care of and life-saving medical treatment cheaper than in their home countries. I was just like, yeah thats fine, I’d actually prefer it if 0 people died from preventable causes kept behind a paywall for no reason.

    people apparently think rubber bullets aren't dangerous or something. they're bullets with a thin rubber coating, they're generally not, as some seem to believe, bullets made from rubber. they've got the capacity to seriously injure and kill. there is nothing nonviolent or lenient about rubber bullets.

    they aim at your eyes on purpose.

    important addition: