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DMs Guild Creator Resource - Style Guide Resources

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Note: The House Style Guide has been updated January 2019.

These PDF documents are distributed by Wizards of the Coast to official play writers and are now available for all DMsGuild creators. In addition to the D&D House Style Guide, this package includes tips for adventure design from Chris Perkins and Greg Bilsand, suggestions for how to use D&D IP, and a guide to the Forgotten Realms. Following these style guides is not required to publish on DMsGuild, but they are provided here at the request of our community creators.

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Remi P January 12, 2020 5:31 am UTC
The guide says not to use rape, then a few pages later claims most half-orcs are products of rape. Which is it?

(To be clear: I don't want sexual assault in my fantasy tabletop game, I'm just upset why to bother establishing a standard you immediately break.)
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C R R March 31, 2020 7:36 pm UTC
As to the origins of half-orcs, I don't think it an endorsement as much as a logical conclusion in a world where these races do not generally coexist and are often at war. Role-playing rape is gross and bizarre, but that's not the same as being aware of its existence in the world.
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James A March 07, 2019 7:14 am UTC
What basis do you have for the change in the established Calendar of Harptos? Is this something that changed by WOTC in 4e?

Glossary at the end is GREAT! I'd ask to turn it into a dictionary, providing definition.
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Joseph C February 24, 2019 5:12 pm UTC
When discussing ethnicity of humans, the document for the FR notes that there are Realms versions of "eskimos" - should probably be changed to "Inuit" or something similar. The term "eskimo" is a slur.

Also, under "Banned Words," it says that "hill dwarf should be shield dwarf" and "mountain dwarf should be gold dwarf" - are those reversed?
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John B February 25, 2019 1:10 am UTC
Whoa, I can't believe that made it into this. Wow....
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Visvesvaran S April 21, 2020 8:18 am UTC
"Also, under "Banned Words," it says that "hill dwarf should be shield dwarf" and "mountain dwarf should be gold dwarf" - are those reversed?" - no, that's correct. "Shield dwarves" and "gold dwarves" are the terms used in SCAG:

"Gold dwarves have the racial traits of hill dwarves in the Player’s Handbook.
Shield dwarves have the racial traits of mountain dwarves in the Player’s Handbook."
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November 19, 2020 6:26 pm UTC
Still why would use of the terms hill dwarf and mountain dwarf be banned? Aren't those still valid especially if you're not even using SCAG?
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Mike P August 28, 2021 3:25 am UTC
I can’t believe this bothers anyone. Maybe we need rules for creating safe spaces.
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