The publisher of Dungeons & Dragons apologizes for racial content in Spelljammer

The publisher of Dungeons & Dragons apologizes for racial content in Spelljammer ...

Wizards of the Coast apologized on Friday for racist content included in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, the most recent release for the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game. The apology was made on social media and the company's website.

Wizards wrote on Twitter that we failed our adventurers, and we are truly sorry.

We are truly sorry that we failed our adventurers. Our response to the Hadozee is:

The hadozee is a term used in the Spelljammers Astral Adventurers Guide and Dungeons & Dragons Beyond toolset. They are also used in problematic themes and images that reinforce racism against Black people.

Wizards expressed their gratitude and ownership for the inclusion of offensive material in our most recent Spelljammer: Adventures in Space report. The Hadozee campaign was first published in 1982.

Spelljammer's offensive imagery has been removed from all digital versions of the book, and will not be included in subsequent copies of the physical book, according to Wizards. It is also conducting a thorough internal audit of the steps that led to its publication.

Wizards stated in their statement that they are forever grateful for the ongoing dialogue with the D&D community, and that they look forward to bringing new, engaging, and inclusive content to D&D for generations to come. Only a diverse group of adventurers can overcome the many difficulties that a D&D story presents.

Errata with revised content, not only related to the hadozee but also the whole Spelljammer product, are now available as a free PDF.

This isn't the first time that Wizards has had to make a statement about insensitive content in its 5th edition D&D products, nor is it the first time it has made modifications to previously published content. Cultural consultants are commonly employed by game designers of every stripe to detect this type of material, and Wizards has used their services in the past.

Ironically, the episode follows a particularly avant garde release by Wizards, an anthology of adventures titled Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel, written entirely by writers of color. The next major release for D&D is a reboot of the Dragonlance setting, which will be released alongside a companion strategy board game starting this November.