If there's one thing I am grateful for, it's the fact that Dragon Quest IX has such a variety of locations that it feels like cheating NOT to take inspiration from it.
I dunno an Anti-capitalist being a shady fucker who cheats the system to get more money seems on brand for Communist fags.He's anticapitalist but pursues shady means to increase profit and he's an ally that makes women uncomfortable all the time. It's almost like he's projecting or something.
It's alright. I don't give a shit about Mercer's world or his show, so I just ignored the first 160 pages or so. The sub-classes seem interesting, there are some stat blocks in the back that you can probably mine for encounter ideas, and it has some short adventures in the back that can be adapted to just about anything. I don't know this for a fact, but I would guess the adventures are based on story lines that happened in CR, so a lot of normie players will probably guess what's going to happen after the first few beats if you throw them into one of these adventures and don't change things enough.
I've never watched Critical Role and have no interest in doing so. My GM buys almost every D&D "expansion" that comes out so he's not stranger to implementing new subclasses, races, etc. as long as they're balanced. Like someone said, he also likes extra magic items. He doesn't usually take storylines themselves from the books.
I don't mind the first one at all. The second looks really flatly colored and proportioned weirdly. It looks like two different artists, or is that just me?
Why do these mongs like the red nose thing?
The Cal Arts style has infected an entire generation.Holy FUCK I hate modern TTRPG artwork.
Bring back naked succubus and death riding his horse and the adventurers talking to the dryad.
Because this modern shit is fucking Tumblr tier trash.
D&D went downhill after TSR released Unearthed Arcana so trust me this isn't new.Using "expansions" to D&D isn't always good. I have had a terrible experience with shoving new mechanics into an established campaign and the players making it miserable because it's "cool."
2.5E had a lot of potential, with a lot of fun and neat stuff in it.D&D went downhill after TSR released Unearthed Arcana so trust me this isn't new.
This twat just wants to weaponize outrage out of a purely petty revenge. The last refuge of a shitstain who refuses to admit why they got fired.Reset the clock on White Wolf/Onyx Path drama.
RPG writer Khaldoun Khelil is accusing Matt McElroy of smearing his reputation in a meeting with Modiphius in order to blacklist him from work there. According to Khelil's statement, the smear consisted of McElroy spreading a rumor that Khelil had talked shit about Onyx Path over social media. Khelil is also accusing Matthew Dawkins, another Onyx Path employee, of lying and covering up this attempt to blacklist and disparage him. Khelil, being an Arab, naturally plays the race card to make his accusations stick.
Racism, Blacklists and Onyx Path Publishing
CW: Racism, Lying, Threats, Punishment, Black Listing
My name is Khaldoun Khelil. I’ve written for, developed and consulted on numerous Role Playing Games (RPGs) and Live Action Role Playing (LARPs) games since the late 1990s/early 2000s including Vampire the Masquerade and other game properties. I have degrees in political science, criminal justice and international law. My graduate work was in the area of counterintelligence, democratic institutions and the cultural drivers of war, but I’ve spent a great deal of my career working for energy companies and think tanks. My writing on the Middle East, War Crimes, Data Collection, and Counterintelligence have been cited in numerous articles and essays. My work in RPGs was a hobby I pursued earnestly, but the past few years have allowed me to focus more and more on fiction writing as a career.
I’m an Arab American of Palestinian and Algerian ancestry, and I have had to navigate systemic racism, bigotry, and islamophobia in the RPG industry for over 20 years. The more success and exposure I garnered, the more push back I encountered from those either uninterested in including diverse voices in RPGs or those who only wanted to promote diversity performatively, but never wanted to allow people of color any creative control or independence. My post today is not a historical recounting of all of the incidents of racism I’ve faced personally or that I have heard of tangentially. This post is about a recent and specific incident of racism that originated from employees at Onyx Path Publishing that impacted me directly and their attempt to silence others and to hide the truth of this incident from me.
Synopsis: This post details racist actions taken by employees at Onyx Path Publishing. An employee at Onyx Path spread an unfounded and negative rumor about me to another RPG company (Modiphius) during or after a bilateral meeting. When I heard about this smear, another employee at Onyx Path attempted to prevent me from discovering the full story of the matter by lying to me and instead punished a Modiphius employee with refusal to work on future Modiphius projects because of my discovery of Onyx Path’s racist attempt to black list me. Instead of telling me the truth, this employee at Onyx Path personally blamed a person of color at Modiphius with an implied threat that the Modiphius employee could be fired if their employer was informed they were the whistle-blower on this matter. I held off on addressing this issue with Onyx Path for over a year because I had no confidence that the matter would be addressed professionally given the company’s track record. I only approached them now after their recent hire of an outside Human Resources consultant.
My only request was for a public apology so that the damage done by this smear against me could be mitigated and so that the racist implications of a secret black list and/or smear campaign targeting an author of color could be addressed. After one conference call with Rich Thomas and the HR consultant Georgina, Onyx Path decided the matter was not a company issue and that no public apology was necessary. I contacted their employees directly for apologies, and while both provided me with statements that admitted to no liability, only one attempted to address the issues of white privilege and racism that made this smear and cover up of this smear possible. The other was curt, halfhearted and condescending. Neither could be considered earnest apologies and Onyx Path again refused to publish them in any form or make their own statement.
I make this public statement now as a way to redress the potential harm done to my reputation and to push back against the structural problems in the RPG industry that have made it nearly impossible for more diverse voices to attain any creative or administrative power.
Statement: In June 2019 at the UK Game Expo, Matt McElroy of Onyx Path Publishing told a developer at Modiphius that I was a problem and that they would not work with me on RPG projects because I “shitted on them on social media”. Supposedly, according to McElroy, “it was known at Onyx Path” that I was a problem. There is disagreement between Modiphius and Onyx Path if this smearing of me occurred during a business meeting or afterwards during a private conversation. While McElroy insinuated that I was not welcome to work at Onyx Path, currently Onyx Path maintains that is not the case and that I’ve never been on one of their black lists. Onyx Path also clarified to me that they have never had any proof that I have ever spoken poorly of them on social media. When I questioned McElroy about this, he stated that he had heard I was a problem from one of the other two Onyx Path staffers in the meeting, though he did not clarify if that person was the owner Rich Thomas or a developer named Matt Dawkins.
I was contacted by a Modiphius employee soon after this convention, as I was currently working on multiple projects for the company and they asked me to check my social media for anything that Onyx Path could have construed as “shit talking”. Though at no point did Modiphius make me feel my employment hinged on my proving my innocence. I of course found nothing in my social media and I was told the basics of the above story. While the racist effects of Onyx Path’s actions against me are undeniable, I was unsure if there was racist intent and I was hesitant to quarrel with highly placed white RPG figures such as Matt McElroy who is a leading figure at DriveThruRpg, the ST Vault, Onyx Path and Flames Rising. Not to mention Rich Thomas the owner of Onyx Path or the Onyx Path Developer Matt Dawkins. I decided to let the matter be, as it was not the first time I had encountered bigotry, racism, white privilege or borderline cases of all of the above.
Several months later in Sept. 2019 I asked Matt Dawkins about this issue, as I didn’t know McElroy and had some trust for Dawkins. I had recommended he work on a book with me for Modiphius and I believed we had a good working relationship. Dawkins was an early supporter of my work on Mummy and other WoD titles when he produced YouTube videos as the Gentleman Gamer in the time before he himself became an RPG writer. When I asked him if I had been smeared or black listed, Dawkins claimed complete ignorance, despite having been in the above meeting at UK Game Expo between Onyx Path and Modiphius. He claimed he did not know McElroy well and that he’d never heard my name referenced in a negative way by anyone at Onyx Path. He suggested I contact McElroy directly, but Dawkins' denial was adamant. He also said that he checked the company’s black list and that I was not on it. I was actually relieved on some level and just assumed that McElroy had some personal issue with me and that Modiphius had told him to stuff it.
I would later find out that Dawkins was lying to me and he continued to hide the truth from me until I contacted Onyx Path directly and formally complained to their newly appointed HR Consultant. Dawkins thus enabled a racist smear against me to stand and if not for his later actions to punish and threaten an employee at Modiphius, I might never have found out the truth.
A few weeks after I contacted Dawkins about this issue and he denied it, he would be contacted by a developer at Modiphius asking for Dawkins to write a blog post for an upcoming project. Dawkins refused and said that he personally blamed this Modiphius employee for my knowledge of the smear against me. Dawkins deduced that because this developer was also in the UK Games Expo meeting he must have been the whistle-blower, this Modiphus developer also happened to be the only person of color in the meeting as well. In this exchange, Dawkins wasn't angry that a brown author was being smeared by his colleague, but that Modiphius did not keep silent about McElroy's request to black list me. Dawkins instead tells this developer that he refuses to work for Modiphius again and that it’s his fault personally, the threatening implication of that being he could be fired if his boss was to find out he was the whistle-blower. The conversation ends with Dawkins saying he may reconsider in the future if Modiphius improves its ability to keep things confidential. In short, silence in the face of misdeeds was his expectation and unfortunately this is the same culture of silence that has made the RPG industry a ripe hunting ground for predators, abusers and racists.
It was this conversation between Dawkins and the Modiphius developer that dispelled any benefit of the doubt I had left that I had not been smeared by McElroy and that Dawkins had not lied to me about it in hopes of covering it up. When I spoke to Onyx Path over a conference call about this matter a few weeks ago I asked them how they had discovered that I had found out about the smear against me. I asked Onyx Path if they found out I knew because “I had approached Matt Dawkins about the racist black list?”, Onyx Path’s HR consultant responded with one word... “Yes.”
It is impossible to see into the hearts of others. No one can know if someone is intrinsically racist, and I personally do not believe racism is an intrinsic quality of human beings. But we are all capable of racist actions, and when Onyx Path employee Matt McElroy used their authority and privilege to demean, smear and potentially black list one of the few Palestinian-American authors working in RPGs, that was racist. When Onyx Path employee Matt Dawkins lied to me about the facts and instead took punitive action against another company to keep me in the dark, that was racist. Facing that and empowering diverse voices in the industry to challenge these structural problems is the only long term solution.
All I ever asked for was a public and sincere apology for patently racist actions by employees representing Onyx Path, but voices like mine are so weak in the RPG world that I was not even able to win that modest reparation for myself. I write this statement in hopes of empowering the next creative person of color and educating those they may work for in this industry. Hopefully they'll never be put in a position to ask for an apology, but if they do find themselves in such a position I hope my story shows them that they’re not the first to be treated poorly and that it’s never wrong or too late to stand up for yourself.
So he's accusing them of being racist for telling people that he talks shit about them on social media--which he did--and the reason they're racist isn't because of anything they said or did, but because he's an Arab, therefore saying mean things about him is a priori racist.
I'm usually okay with an expansion to 5e if it's set in the Forgotten Realms. Not because I'm a huge fan of the realms they just seem more balanced around the prototypical D&D party. Sidenote but the greek magic the gathering book had me really excited until I read it was set in some magic the gathering expansion block I'll never care about.I've never watched Critical Role and have no interest in doing so. My GM buys almost every D&D "expansion" that comes out so he's not stranger to implementing new subclasses, races, etc. as long as they're balanced. Like someone said, he also likes extra magic items. He doesn't usually take storylines themselves from the books.
Using "expansions" to D&D isn't always good. I have had a terrible experience with shoving new mechanics into an established campaign and the players making it miserable because it's "cool."