How D&D just made history with its newest adventure
According to Polygon, WotC worked with many freelance game designers to craft Candlekeep Mysteries’ unique stories. Each one-shot originates with a book found in Candlekeep, a massive and mysterious library, that incites the players’ adventure. One such escapade was written by producer, actress, and D&D player Jennifer Kretchmer. She’s known in the tabletop role-playing game community for assembling the massive guide on accessibility in gaming.
It was important for Kretchmer, an ambulatory wheelchair user, to make an adventure that would be accessible for disabled characters, who are typically underrepresented in video games, tabletop games, and other media. She told Polygon, “I wanted people to have the opportunity to see themselves represented in-game. We have the ability in fantasy to imagine things. We don’t have to pay to make those accommodations. This is something we can imagine in our brains, and it’s there. So it’s something that was really important to me to put in, into my design.”
There’s already an independently designed Combat Wheelchair made specifically for D&D fifth edition (by @mustangsart on Twitter), but this new module will certainly expand the ways players can interact with their fantasy worlds in a way that’s long overdue. Candlekeep Mysteries releases on March 16.