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👉 CAST YOUR VOTE(S) FOR HARLEM UNBOUND! 👈

Harlem Unbound has been nominated for multiple ENnie Awards and voting has opened to the public. This is my company Darker Hue Studios’ first product and one with a lot of personal history and importance to me. While it is an honor just to be nominated, it would be great to WIN!

Can you please take a couple of minutes to vote for Harlem Unbound? Voting is open from July 11, 2018 - July 21, 2018.

Harlem Unbound is nominated in the following categories. Vote for each category and rank Harlem Unbound #1:

👉Best Art, Cover
👉Best Rules
👉Best Setting
👉Best Writing
👉Product of the Year

#gaming #ennies #harlemunbound #diversity
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In a  recent review  for the inexplicably Ennie-nominated adventure compilation  The Scenario  [sic]  From Ontario , Anonymous (presumably an anonymous individual, not the organization) left the following comment: A s a Canadian, I feel as though the heavy-...
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Want to try your hand at writing for the Arkham Gazette? Consider sending in a ‘curio’.
Call for Submissions – Curios
Call for Submissions – Curios
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Ok what happened?

From what I understand, John Tarnowski (RPGPundit) and James Desborough are trying to start a Gamergate-like "DnDGate" using a twitter hashtag, they also posted about this on some forums (but I don't have the info on this). Please avoid vague posting about these issues, clearly giving information to avoid confusion is important.

They say that their issue is the prevalence of politics and politically correct language in games. They say that they are in favor of letting anyone play and that they don't want to exclude anyone, that they are not targeting women, LGBT people and other minorities.

The thing is that using outrage baits like this ( SJW, triggers warnings, safe spaces, "PC" language, etc...) quickly slide toward targeting anything associated with diversity, LGBT+, women, etc. This can only create a toxic environment that push away a lot of people like me (or worse, encourage harassing, hurt us, etc.).

I think that people were right to react to this.

These outrage baits may also serve two other purpose: marketing and anti-diversity dog whistling and normalisation.

I remember that Tarnowski was strongly impressed by the defense tactics that LotFP and Zak S used against their detractors: using controversy as self-promotion and marketing. Like deftly using hateful comments made against them as promotional material. Nearly everything Tarnowski do on social media is self-promoting or marketing oriented, he use a lot of dog-whistling as marketing. James Desborough is also very marketing oriented.

Like Joe England mentioned, this is a know and "effective" marketing tactic:
https://plus.google.com/+JoeEngland/posts/Gikt7trLBhR
So I think people should keep in mind that they have self-promotion motives to target PC language, "SJW" and other easy targets.

The second use of outrage baits is to try to reach out to a frustrated target audience.

The thing is that this can be easily recuperated and used by alt-right minded people or similar conservative anti LGBT and anti feminists influencers and hate groups to normalize their views and agenda. Who have never been annoyed by SJW and PC language? Targeting these things is a easy way to make contact with their target audience.

So even if Desborough and Tarnowski are hopefully not motivated by alt-right or anti diversity goals, what they are trying to start can easily be recuperated by toxic or hateful manipulators and can certainly create a toxic and hostile environment for women and minorities.

Whatever are their motivations, their actions are totally irresponsibles considering the consequences it can have on people like me. Especially now with the current political context where there is a lot of transphobic and anti-diversity stuff trending on the internet.

Understand me, as a potential target of these movements, I must oppose this bullshit.

On a positive note, the roleplaying community reacted by using it creativity to flood their hashtag.
https://twitter.com/RichAugust1
I think this was a positive response, creativity is probably our secret defense against that kind of shit.

Stuart Robinson also made a cool rainbow OSR logo variant:
https://plus.google.com/111524822183500809557/posts/LaCmhucCVFL

About the issue (and tactic) of targeting PC language, Contrapoints made a good two part video on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGTDhutW_us&t=101s
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While we aren’t part of #FreeRPGDay, Arkham Gazette 0 is always pay what you want. 8 articles & 1 scenario for $0.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/172262/The-Arkham-Gazette-0
The Arkham Gazette #0
The Arkham Gazette #0
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Shadows of Forgotten Kings
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/243857/Shadows-of-Forgotten-Kings

A Fifth Edition adventure for level 3 characters.

The villages on the edge of the jungle used to be wealthy: they gathered fruits and exotic hardwoods from within the jungle and sold them as wines and furniture to regular merchant caravans in exchange for grains and other staples.

But caravans do not make it through anymore. A handful of tattered survivors have made it back to the city and reported being assaulted by wave after wave of panthers that would attack, retreat, and attack again in replenished numbers. The merchant houses want their lucrative route back. The villages need grain and supplies; their people cannot live forever scavenging fruit and huddling by their hearths in fear every night.

Tales lead deeper into the jungle - to the ruins of an ancient empire fallen to a terrible curse.

This Fifth Edition adventure is written by Zzarchov Kowolski (Thulian Echoes, Scenic Dunnsmouth, A Thousand Dead Babies, The Gnomes of Levnec, etc), illustrated by Chris Huth (Ashen Stars, Call of Cthulhu Investigator Handbook, Night's Black Agents, 13th Age Glorantha, etc), and mapped by Dyson Logos (Waterdeep - Dragon Heist, Circle of Hands, Dyson's Delves, this Google+ feed, etc). It will work with most campaign settings as long as the adventurers are near (or can be brought near) a large mostly uncharted forest or jungle.

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/243857/Shadows-of-Forgotten-Kings
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Look, we've found it, the Worst RPG Layout Ever

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1575519826/no-one-warps-for-free
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A totally trustworthy company to give your blood too.

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The OSR is made up of idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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