Alignment in Dungeons and Dragons … Again

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Biggus Geekus Podcast
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
5e Alignment
Alignment Tracking

Inevitably the Palladium system rears its ugly head:

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

Great Wheel
World Axis
The Planes

Also in discussion:

Alignment-based character classes (Paladin, Cleric, Barbarian, Thief, etc.)
Changing alignment and its effects on your character
Alignment languages

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