Archive for August 30th, 2009


Game Theory – Moral Dilemmas: Slavery

30 August, 2009

Did you know this last Sunday, 23 Aug, was the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition?  Neither did I until I ran across it on wikipedia.  (Blame the convoluted title on UNESCO.)

It made me think about the role of slavery in RPGs.  Many -if not most- of the cultures used as  inspiration for those in fantasy RPGs practiced slavery (or related ways to control people such as serfdom or indentured servitude) but such features are often notably absent from game worlds.  This is understandable as slavery is an uncomfortable subject at the best of times.

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