Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel Is The First D&D Book Created By An All-POC Team

Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel Is The First D&D Book Created By An All-POC Team

Wizards of the Coast has announced its new Dungeons & Dragons adventure module. Titled Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel, the book is a compendium of short adventures written entirely by POC creators.

The book is the brainchild of Ajit George, who worked as a writer on the excellent Van Richten’s Guide To Ravenloft campaign setting. On Van Richten’s, George became the first person of Indian descent to write quests and characters inspired by Indian cultures in an official D&D sourcebook. Speaking to Polygon, George said that after working with a team of diverse writers on Van Richten’s, he became taken with the idea of an adventure book penned entirely by black and brown voices.

When George became the project lead on Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel, it was an opportunity to create the book of his dreams.

Each of the book’s adventures centres on the Radiant Citadel, a giant stone formation in the Ethereal Plane. It’s a place of peace and respite, somewhere your party can take a breather or regroup after a particularly bruising quest or encounter. The book will feature 13 new stand-alone adventures for levels 1 to 14 and introduces eleven new monsters. Adventures run the tonal gamut from whimsical comedy to dark suspense, so there should be something to please every party.

The benefit of anthology books like these — Candlekeep Mysteries and Tales From The Yawning Portal spring readily to mind — is that they aren’t part of a single, connected campaign. Rather, they are short adventures designed to slot easily into any ongoing campaigns and settings. The goal of books like Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel is that they take pressure off dungeon masters to create every last facet of their game worlds. Instead, they provide content they can pull from quickly without a heavy creative lift.

Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel is set to release on June 21, 2022. You can check it out at the official D&D website. Preorders should be live at your friendly local game shop by the time you read this.

Comments

    • Speaking of racist buggers, the fact that every other module to date has had white people in the writing team can only mean that white people are just disproportionately talented at writing, amirite?

  • I’ll never not feel slighted by the term “POC”. Nothing like having your individual culture erased with a blanket “non-white” label on there, like we’re all the same. Bonus points, it’s got the term “coloured” in there like we’re in America’s 1950s. Can we keep America’s backwards racist terminology in America, thanks?

    • It wouldn’t be such a useful catch-all for everyone non-white if seeing people who aren’t ethnically white wasn’t so uncommon.

      I mean, seriously, all the article is saying is that even combining all non-white racial groups in the world into a single category, this is the first time that WotC has managed to assemble a group, by design or otherwise, that didn’t include at least one ethnically white person in it.

      Hell, even if we just limit outselves to the English speaking Unites States today 39% of the population are PoC, which is more that high enough to have seen multiple such groups of non-white authors if selection was simply by ‘merit’, or even by random chance alone.

      I think we’d all like to see a world where non-white authors are no longer a novelty worthy of terminology such as PoC, or articles such as this one.

      • It’s only a useful catch all to racists. I’d assume the people who worked on this product are from a variety of ethnic groups and would all different aspects of their culture embedded in the work. I say “I’d assume” because the article makes absolutely no mention of their appropriate backgrounds beyond the Indian lead (and even that’s non-specific considering the country’s own rich heritage) and completely erases the identity of everyone else as “black” or “brown”. We are not a monolith and I have absolutely no idea what “skin tone” has to do with their input into this product. If their cultural background is significant then write an article about THAT instead of “HEY LOOK, AT ALL OF THESE NON-WHITE PEOPLE ARE WORKING A JOB JUST LIKE WHITE PEOPLE”.

        I’m not even attacking WotC for this, I’m specifically attacking the way this article was written where all it did was erase the individual contributions of the team members. WotC also has a rich history of known sex offenders, who they shielded for many years in the case of Noah Bradley, to answer for and this same outlet has conveniently not mentioned during all their other WotC promos, all the while still slipping in slights and lies about other individuals who haven’t done anything to anyone in other articles. I really am done with the hypocrisy.

        Please don’t use that term. “People of colour” is absolutely no different to “coloured people” and no amount of justification or grammar manipulation will change that meaning. It’s like wanting to use the N word. Just don’t. Take that extra five seconds of effort to find out where someone’s from and use the proper name for where they come from or their cultural group name. Is that more complicated? Yes, but take into account that India alone, mentioned in this article, has extremely diverse cultural groups and I couldn’t tell from this article if George was Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslims or Sikh (as the main groups), which makes calling him an Indian absolutely worthless.

        Yes, I’d very much so like to see that world and they can start by writing an article about the individual cultural influences that went into this game instead of using racist terminology in the headline.

    • “Coloured” is not in it… so you made it 1950’s by the looks of it. Person of Colour is used frequently by a lot of different ethnicities when discussing issues of race based prejudice.

      I’d be more worried about the condition of your knuckles, if you really feel “slighted”.

      • What do you think the term POC stands for? “People of colour” is absolutely no different a term to “coloured people” because they swap words around. As a Lebanese person, I’d like to be called Lebanese instead of America’s newest racist term for “non-white person who isn’t like us”. The fact that an Australian writer is adopting this term like it isn’t offensive, especially in this country, is nothing short of jaw dropping. If you’re not competent enough in basic English to be having this conversation, then perhaps you shouldn’t be here defending racist terminology.

        • Oh, don’t be mistaken Louie. You are most definitely considered “white” when they speak of the “white” and “POC” racial dichotomy.

          The thing I find funny about this is that he went from “working with a team of diverse writers on Van Richten’s” to working in a, decidedly much less diverse book written “entirely by black and brown voices.”

          He’s literally gone “that was too much diversity for me, I want less.” haha. Sounds like a racist to me.

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