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General Guideline for Inclusive Gaming Practices

A General Guideline for Inclusive Gaming Practices on RPG Crossing (RPGX) and Beyond

People deserve to be their authentic selves at the table, whether in person or online. Roleplaying allows us to explore new identities and worlds. At the same time, people want and deserve to be able to portray characters who look like them, sound like them, are shaped like them, or dress like them.

RPGX is a diverse community, committed to hosting inclusive games with interesting characters with a plethora of identities. We are players with a diversity of abilities, ethnicities, and genders with characters that often reflect ourselves.

In this document, you'll find helpful tools for creating games and characters for all of us, and an explanation of our community expectations. Players, GMs, and general posters should all follow the following guidelines.
  • We are diverse in ancestry, traditions, language, history, society, religion, and nationality. We create games where those differences are represented with dignity. Sometimes when creating a diverse cast of characters in a game, GMs can find themselves relying on hurtful clichés. Slurs, derogatory language, or trivializing tropes will not be tolerated.

  • We are diverse in gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. We create games where characters and players can express themselves with the pronouns they choose. All genders will be respected and treated equally. If we need to define or redefine our pronouns to our gaming group, we will do it with confidence that we are accepted and supported. Jokes about pronouns will not be tolerated, nor will using slurs or derogatory language. The site will help us all keep up with changes to the lexicon.

  • We are diverse in physical, cognitive, and social-emotional abilities. We make games accessible, both on the page and in the spirit of the gaming group. If we are recruited for a game and need technical specifics such as alt text included for images or no TT text used, we should feel empowered to speak our needs with confidence that we will be included and respected. Characters in our games who have disabilities will be depicted as fully rounded characters with flaws and goals like anyone else.

  • We are storytellers dedicated to coming together to create communal stories we will all enjoy. However, even the best intentions can fall short, and each player must feel empowered to speak up in a constructive way when that happens. We must listen, believe, and extend grace to each other. Defensiveness, wisecracks, or willful ignorance make it hard to have a productive conversation. Active listening makes use of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard. We all contribute to making our games successful and enjoyable.
For questions, comments, or concerns please contact wodine (he/they), the Collaboration, Accessibility, Community, and Equity (CACE) taskforce, or a moderator.
Revision 0. Last updated 26 Feb 2024.

ResourcesResources (Off-RPGX Links)

Disclaimer: These resources are off-site and not controlled by RPG Crossing. We are not responsible for what they contain. We do, however, select them with care, and hope they prove useful.

Active Listening
For advice on how to advocate for yourself or listen to others, try this short YouTube video.

This UMN business communication chapter on listening and reading for understanding and this 1987 'Active Listening' article excerpt go into more detail on the subject.

Self Advocation
Self Advocacy pressbook

Different Worldviews
For players and GMs who wish to create player-characters and NPCs whose life experiences differ significantly from your own, has a vast library of resources, including writing characters of other races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and disabilities. We also found some tips about diversity in fiction. These articles are specifically targeted toward authors who wish to get their writing published, so it might not seem to apply to play-by-post RPGs at first glance. And yet, every time we click that post button, we are publishing a piece of a story, or a comment, or in some way contributing to the overall community of this site. Thank you for being conscious of what your words mean.

The site will help us all keep up with changes to the lexicon.

Further Reading on Diversity in Gaming
James Mendez Hodes’ influential living document on playing characters from real-life racial and cultural groups.
Diversity and Representation in TTRPGs: The Importance of Inclusive Storytelling
How a new generation of gamers is pushing for inclusivity beyond the table
What diversity looks like in tabletop roleplaying games in East Portland (with audio)
Representation and Diversity – why it matters

Signed, the CACE team
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