Dungeons & Dragons’ new rule set encourages character sexuality and gender diversity
Dungeons & Dragons has embraced alternative gender expressions and sexualities for the first time.
Version 5 of the tabletop game’s basic rules officially launched this month, and for the first time encourage players to think about their character’s sexual orientation and how they present their gender.
“Think about how your character does or does not conform to the broader culture’s expectations of sex, gender, and sexual behaviour,” states the guide to character creation.
“For example, a male drow cleric defies the traditional gender divisions of drow society, which could be a reason for your character to have to leave that society. You don’t need to be confined to binary notions of sex and gender.
“You could play as a female character who presents herself as a man, a man who feels trapped in a female body, or a bearded female dwarf who hates being mistaken for a male. Likewise, your character’s sexual orientation is for you to decide.”
Although players have been playing with gender roles and sexuality in online games for some time, this is the first time the Dungeons & Dragons board game rule set has embraced the practice.