My privilege in tabletop roleplaying games is to raise awareness as an RPG journalist and reviewer. Writing articles moves the needle for a game, creator, and publisher whether through direct sales or simply raising awareness of their creations. Because Black Lives Matter, because a segment of society does not live in security and prosperity, because individuals of color are not given the same opportunities that I enjoy, I use my privilege to write for black RPG creators and black publishers through reviews, interviews, and articles.
Recently, Medium, among others, did an uplifting article sharing many of the same creators listed here, plus more. They provided deeper profiles than I am as the scope of our articles differ. I highly recommend reading their piece, as well as any writing promoting underrepresented voices in tabletop.
This article is a mixture of links to my reviews and interviews with these innovative creators and publishers as well as links to their online stores. This is not an exhaustive list of African-American RPGers, and the numerous omissions are not meant to lessen any creator’s contribution to the industry. Instead, this list is a bibliography of my journalism to raise awareness of specific designers and their projects; it’s bringing back articles from the past to renew the spotlight on the most deserving gamers.
This article was written to showcase those blue underlined links, to drive interest in their work; please, scroll through them and click on some of the online stores. Each link represents a creator’s website or an article/blurb that I, or a colleague, wrote to support black RPG creators and publishers. These handful of articles boost their creations and, as a journalist, I want to do that, to share their contributions to gaming. As a human, I want to praise these projects because their sales puts money in their pockets. As a fan, I wrote these articles because these are well-crafted games from some of gaming’s brightest minds.
All of the platforms I write for elevate these creators, give them space, and let them do what they do: Shine. I know I speak for myself and every publication I write for when I say thank you to every black gamer, you make the gaming table more fun to be at. You matter.
Egg Embry is a freelance tabletop roleplaying game journalist writing for EN World, Knights of the Dinner Table, RPG News, d20 Radio, the Tessera Guild, the Open Gaming Network, the AetherCon Convention Magazine, GAMA’s Around the Table, and more. His areas of focus are RPG crowdfunding projects and RPG reviews as well as interviews with a range of gaming professionals from freelancers to CEOs. Beyond journalism, he dabbles in freelance writing and producing gaming zines for the roleplaying zine-aissance.
10/6/2020 09:19:48 am
I am always saddened that Mark Hunt that published Gangbusters and other old school RPGs is never mentioned in these posts.
11/6/2020 03:15:12 pm
10/6/2020 06:43:15 pm
Thanks for posting this!
11/6/2020 03:16:24 pm
I envy you. I have not played with either creator and I regret that. But, I'm hoping to correct it in 2021. :-)
15/6/2020 10:08:23 am
Hello! Thank you for the work that went into organizing this post (and all your posts!). In addition to the awesome resources you have supplied, your ending is so clear and powerful. Thank you for supporting people of color and making a case for diversity. Best, Jacqueline
15/6/2020 10:10:58 pm
Thank you for the kind words, Jacqueline. Obviously, the stars of this, the creators, are amazing people and make this article easy to craft. Add to that, this issue is one of sharp importance and something deserving of attention. Thanks for reading it. :-)
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