Orcs, Racism, and Tolkien

The most recent episode of Still Digging featured a discussion of articles by James Mendez Hodes “Orcs, Briton and the Martial Racial Myth…” Part I and Part II. The articles focused on the use of cultural and racial stereotypes in the fantasy genre and in particular within the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.

The ArchaeoRPG crew took that discussion and expanded on it discussing the roles that anthropology and archaeology had played in creating the kind of race science used within the fantasy genre. We then discussed what can we as archaeologists today do to change these embed pieces of the fantasy genre while still keeping the features of the genre that drew us to it to begin with.

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Rituals & Rolls : episode zero

 

Who will be the characters who will enter the jungles of Chult? Episode zero of Rituals & Rolls finds the ArchaeoRPG crew creating their characters. Additionally, we discuss how we will be playing this game and some of the ways we wish to incorporate actual archaeology into this game world. Watch and get caught up before Episode One of Rituals & Rolls premieres in September 2019.