Icewind Dale Diversity and Accessibility | Dungeons and Dragons

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

OK, I don't know about all of you, but I am STOKED to see what Wizards of the Coast has in store for use with the September 15th launch of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. I'm excited for a lot of reasons. Developers have written a massive story, they've focused on updating and evolving language (in this as well as for previous campaigns like CoS) to avoid discriminatory undertones, and in a huge move Chris Perkins talked about giving Game Masters a break in prep time for running some of the modules.

Any time Wizards of the Coast throws their weight behind some of the most creative fantasy writers in the industry you know they're going to produce gold. Without having too much insight into the specifics of the story we know that it's a nostalgic throwback to classic horror, which ffs, will be absolutely incredible. They told us to watch "The Thing" to prepare. Don't have to ask me twice.

Moreover, looking at the social climate today this is a much needed boost to a future generation of fantasy nerds. I've always been a huge believer that if things like D&D are used to spark imaginations instead of leaving them to toxic channels (*cough* Facebook *coughcough*) we'll have a hell of a lot less trouble avoiding radicalization. If someone can be a badass Paladin instead of surfing r/pol and using their imaginative potential there, that's a win.

Last thought here is with DM time management. WotC came out and said they would have a walk through at the top of every module on how to effectively run it. Grizzled veterans of running campaigns will either disregard or likely frown on their use, but honestly fuck that. Being able to have a crutch when you're crunched for prep time, being brand new to the game, or just needing some fresh thoughts on what to do next is invaluable to the game as a whole.

One of the greatest resources when I ran CoS for the first session was Fleshing out Curse of Strahd. I literally don't think I would have ran that module without that guidance. It saved my ass. We can only hope that WotC gives us some tasty treats like that with the release of Icewind Dale!

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