Valid reasons to not allow me to play as a certain race:
not powerful enough
extinct/there are only like seven of them
Invalid reasons to not allow me to play as a certain race:
not one of the “major” races
they are the “bad guys”
they are weird/silly looking
This is why I don’t want to let a player be a Deva in our upcoming game. They are these immortal beings and everyone else are fledgling adventurers.
Plus I don’t think he’ll have any idea how to role play that race, but that’s ok a completely different note (a few of my players don’t role play very well).
Have you considered looking at Aasimar’s? That’s what “Devas” were called up until 4th Edition. It’s a different spin on the idea, removing the “immortal” part and turning them into “mortal incarnations of celestials.”
(EDIT: I’ve added an index of all the related posts to the bottom of this post.) A new Firefly RPG is in the works from Margaret Weis Press, and as someone who appreciates the original show, I’m lo…
This includes some really interesting and helpful suggestions on running a Firefly/Serenity-themed campaign. It does a fantastic job of outlining possibilities where GMs can do a better job than the original series in avoiding problematic tropes.
We’ve started showing art from the in-development Run Faster, the next core rulebook for Shadowrun. But we’ve got some other great sourcebooks coming down the line real soon, including Lockdown, a sourcebook that develops cross-over plots between the Shadowrun Tabletop RPG and Shadowrun Online.
Here’s the cover illustration, as well as a quick blurb on its contents.
The voices are getting louder. Strange voices, dissonant voices, sometimes babbling nonsense, sometimes telling stories too unbelievable to be true. People are falling prey to the voices, losing their identities as someone or something else slips into their skin. It’s affecting people at all levels of society, from squatters in burned-out warehouses to corporate CEOs. It’s spreading, and at the moment no one can figure out how to stop it. Boston-based NeoNET is at the center of this storm, which means the panic is spreading through the streets of the northeastern sprawl. People are scared and people are dying, which means that there are large sums of money to be made by any shadowrunner willing to brave those chaotic streets. Finding work won’t be the problem. Getting out of the sprawl, however, will be.
Lockdown is a plot sourcebook for Shadowrun, Fifth Edition with plot hooks, setting details of Boston, character details, and surprising reveals that will keep characters on their toes and running for their lives.
NICK FURY: Okay team awesome. I want to introduce you to your new team mates. This is P- *there is a big clang as steve drops his shield*-o
STEVE: *picks up shield* My bad. Continue.
NICK FURY: He is a speedster and his codename is Qu-*iron man by black sabbath starts to play from tony’s phone* -er
TONY: *turns phone off* Sorry. My bad.
NICK FURY: P- *a huge truck drives by blasting its horn* -o is a mu- *a waiter drops his tray and all the glasses smash* -nt and his father is the supervillian known as ma- *someone opens a cupboard and a screeching cat jumps out* -o. So.. any questions?
I literally never ever want to see another story where Batman fights the Justice League. We get it. Batman is the baddest and the coolest. Can he maybe fight some villains or maybe we can stop making Superman and the rest of the Justice League, who have superpowers, look like chumps?
I don’t think that was the point at all. The reason why bats is as popular he is because every skill he has he’s trained and developed over time. He wasn’t born a Demi god or is an alien with super powers or any miraculous/freak accident situation that result in powers. He’s man that beats god like people though homemade skill y’all need to stop being butt hurt over it everyone looses
I understand why Batman is a popular and cool character. I like Batman. But I am really really tired of seeing Batman written as this infallible badass that can and does beat up all his friends (who consist of a sun powered alien that can move planets and shoot lasers from his eyes, a warrior princess demi-god, a space cop with the most powerful weapon in the universe, and a dude that can move faster than light).
We’ve seen this trope of Batman being “so prepared” and “so smart” that he can beat up all the other Justice League members, a thousand times and it only serves to make Batman look more badass and cool at the expense of the rest of the Justice League.
I think it’s an inherently dumb idea but regardless, we’ve seen it, and we really don’t need to revisit it.
If we were going to “flip the script” on this, who would you rather see beat up the whole JL? My top vote is for Wonder Woman, but Flash is a close #2.
So apparently my players don’t know that loyalty is still actually a thing in the shadows and got a little pissed when they talked about betraying their Fixer and then lost that Fixer as a contact when she found out…
It’s like guys. Your Fixer wants you to do well. That means they get paid. They also don’t want you to die, because that means the job might not get done and they won’t get paid.
The world revolves around money, but it’s loyalty that keeps the money coming.
So since we have a release date for the Flash movie, maybe that will motivate me to finish my fanscript trilogy. I’ve got to write it out by then, so that when I’m disappointed I can honestly say, “I could do better than that.”
I love Steve Rogers and Benton Fraser to pieces, but we need more paladins and paladinesque characters who aren’t square-jawed white men.
More paladin ladies! (Admittedly, these aren’t as rare as they used to be. Pathfinder in particular has some notable ones, including their iconic paladin Seelah, who’s black, and Irabeth, a half-orc queer woman.)
More paladins of color! (I can think of Seelah from Pathfinder, the Sapphire Guard paladins from Order of the Stick, and the two black Captain Americas. No doubt I’m overlooking a few.)
Paladins who are little skinny wiry guys with weak chins!
More QUILTBAG paladins!
More paladins who are neuroatypical or otherwise disabled. (Seriously, an autistic paladin could be so much fun, although you’d have to be a bit careful with the characterization so as not to fall into the “holy fool” or “DD people are inherently innocent” stereotypes.)
Paladins who are badass old people!
After looking for examples and thinking about it for a while, I wonder if part of the problem is the fact that it is somewhat subversive for an individual from an under-represented group to even be striking out on their own. These characters usually exist in settings still subject to the sexism and/or racism of our culture, and to be “Lawful” is usually seen as being supportive or complicit in the problems of the establishment. A good example would be “Mulan.” I’m including her as “Lawful Good” even though she could just as easily be described as being “Chaotic Good.” This seems even more the case for QUILTBAG characters where heroes like Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who/Torchwood flaunt the establishment with their heroic exploits as well as with their personal lives. All that being said, I’m throwing out some examples of character I consider “Lawful Good” that should help to diversify our ranks…
Abbie Mills from “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Captain Kathryn Janeway of “Star Trek Voyager.”
Mako Mori, from Pacific Rim
Apollo from DC/Wildstorm’s Stormwatch
Miss America/America Chavez from Marvel Comics
The Flash / Jay Garrick from DC Comics
Stacker Pentecost, from Pacific Rim.
Kahlan Amnell from “Legend of the Seeker.”
Kendra, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mulan from Disney’s Mulan.
Also, I want to include an honourable mention for Steve Rogers / Captain America. I know he’s the poster child for chiseled-jaw white masculinity, but when written well he can also be “skinny wiry guy with weak chin,” as well as a badass old person.
Not gonna lie, I think Aasimar are probably my favorite d&d race, although I never really liked what they did in 4th Ed with Devas. Some day, if I ever get to play a 3.5 or Pathfinder campaign, I’d like to play as an Aasimar Paladin.
I’m kind of super excited for this evening. One of my players, is finally going to try GMing for the first time tonight. Thus giving me the chance to play for the first time in i don’t even know how long. I feel like such a proud mama bear.
I don’t think there is any happier moment than when a player asks his or her GM if they can try running a game. Congratulations!