Sunday, February 19, 2012

Gender limitations on ability scores

Males and females are different in the real world.  This is true for humans and all other animals.

Since the 1E Player's Handbook doesn't differentiate between male and female except for strength, I really don't see the issue that has reared its head lately.  As a matter of fact, the industry's insistence to be inclusive of females and their feelings/self-esteem was a big turn-off for me.  Frankly I was shocked at the amount of gender mamby-pamby when I picked up the 3.0 AD&D core books and I lost interest in playing it anymore.

So go ahead and call me what you will, but I will continue to treat females in my fantasy campaigns as females.  Yes, there will be the occasionally exceptional female character, however I won't bend over backward to elevate females to help a player's self-esteem.

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