The team behind Dungeons & Dragons issued a statement this week regarding some of their legacy titles and the content within them. In recent weeks after the rise of Black Lives Matter and addressing cultural insensitivity across all ethnicities, some people took to social media to point out some of D&D's earlier works didn't meet the standard the company strives to try and hold today. So the company took to social media themselves to let players know that several of the old-school legacy editions of the series now come with a disclaimer about the content. You can read the entire statement below.
A disclaimer has been added to several legacy titles on our partner distribution sites. We'd like to talk about why we've added that disclaimer, what it means, and other steps that are being taken to address a legacy of ethnic, racial, and gender prejudice in some old products. This is an early step and not done in a vacuum. It's not enough to evaluate ourselves. As outlined in our original diversity statement, we're undergoing the process of reviewing our content and practices and hiring external consultants to review with us. These processes take time to implement, and we'll continue to provide future updates. Unfortunately, our disclaimer was added before we were ready to fully communicate the steps we are taking. We apologize for failing to handle this situation with the care and grace it deserves.
Lastly, we want to make it clear that we condemn the harassment or bullying of those raising their concerns about our content, past or present. D&D wants to be an open, welcoming, and inclusive space. Those who do not reflect those values are not welcome in our community. Simply put, we messed up and we're sorry. Wizards of the Coast is constantly working to be better, and we have a lot of work to do, especially so in repairing trust with our community. Thank you for continuing to use your voice so that we may continue to make meaningful change.