Alignment in Dungeons and Dragons … Again
Episode 97 Streamed Live Tuesday July 19, 2022
Main Topic: Alignment in D&D
Alignment is defined as a categorization of the ethical and moral perspective of player characters, non-player characters, and creatures.
Yes, we have covered this before going to try to go in more depth. When did it originate? It seems pretty clear alignment began in Chainmail as a way to have the “good guys” and the “bad guys”. The good guys were Lawful, and the bad were Chaotic.
Later in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, alignment became much more detailed and granular with the iconic 9 alignments. These have been debated on their meaning over the years, even though they were spelled out in the books.
Some links as food for discussion:
Changing Meaning of Alignment
Tolkien and DnD Alignment
Inevitably the Palladium system rears its ugly head: https://imgur.com/gallery/DmKvb
Alignment has been connected to cosmology in Dungeons and dragons sometimes tightly as in The Great Wheel, and sometimes loosely as in The World Axis
Also in discussion:
Alignment-based character classes (Paladin, Cleric, Barbarian, Thief, etc.)
Changing alignment and its effects on your character
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