When I started this piece about racist tropes in Tolkien's orcs, I knew orcs were a racist stereotype. I didn't realize orcs were a stereotype OF ASIANS SPECIFICALLY.
jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2019 Orcs, Britons, and the Martial Race Myth, Part I: A Species Built for Racial Terror

The only person this border wall will keep out is Mega Man

do you ever listen to a song and wonder what you will be doing in exactly fifteen years when the ironic meme based on it appears youtu.be/xhfnTs0RZLs

You have one hour left to back —or to increase your pledge to get the Spoils of War and/or the cloth map of Japan! We're within one thousand dollars of the final stretch goal, the cyberpunk "Street Samurai versus Code Ninja!" kickstarter.com/projects/galil

Crossover! 1 day left on both and @briecs's Turn, a RPG of small-town animal shapeshifters. Back both—even for a dollar—and I'll send you the Faerie Lands allegiance for Thousand Arrows and a Hengeyōkai playbook for Turn! Learn more here: kickstarter.com/projects/galil

New followers incoming, so here's a link to today's AMA, the Kickstarter, all the interviews I've done recently, some past interviews, and my upcoming panels at PAX Unplugged. jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2018 48 hours left on !

My Reddit AMA just went live! Please come ask me things about , RPGs, cultural consulting, martial arts, hip hop, my favorite spiders, and literally all other subjects which fall under the umbrella of "anything." reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/a181

AMAing intensifies. This coming Wednesday 28 November, from 1200hrs to 2000hrs EST, I'm holding a Reddit AMA about and my work as a game designer and cultural consultant. reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/a0g7 Please stop by!

probably the most on-brand thing that could possibly have happened to me tonight was that my game funded and I didn't notice because I was complaining about swords

Fae Tyler's photos make me yearn to crawl dungeons again. I've had so many negative D&D experiences, but what if we remembered to imagine every empty room as potentially one of these? faetyler.com/blog/forgotten-pl

It’s Thanksgiving—let’s talk colonialism. This piece discusses the stretch goal campaign set during Japan’s 1592 invasion of Korea: respect, racism, politics, class, and my relationship to the subject as the descendant of colonized Asians. jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2018

Read my interview about with @briecs! I talk about my research process and the game's scope, and show off some art. We're down to the campaign's last ten days, and we need your help to fund. Ride with us. briecs.com/2018/11/five-or-so-

As soldiers on, I wanna highlight another RPG with Asian creators. Lots of games claim to change how RPGs are played, but Nomnivore Games's Emberwind goes hard on a game experience which solves common tabletop problems. kickstarter.com/projects/nomni

I wrote some advice for historical games like : safety, controversial content, lowering barriers to entry, & balancing player needs against accuracy. The article focuses on gaming, but other fiction creators should find something useful too! jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2018

I've gotten great questions from the Internet about sensitivity, culture, and Thousand Arrows. I'm so gratified that gamers are thinking to ask them! I've put up a couple of relevant articles on my blog. Here's "Thousand Arrows and Sensitivity, Part I." jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2018

You might also be interested in a framework for understanding harm in media, the Giant Robot of Offense: jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2018

If you're at Metatopia this weekend, come ask me more about these topics!

Thousand Arrows is a tabletop role-playing game of Japanese Warring States-era samurai drama. All my years of work and study in game design, Asian history and classics, and martial arts led to this. Please back, share, and bring it to life! kck.st/2SqyXyl Gunpowder and betrayal!

*plays cavalaria on berimbau* nyti.ms/2CLjH9P Jair Bolsonaro, Far-Right Populist, Elected President of Brazil

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