Board game developers have stepped up in support of reproductive rights. The Dungeons & Dragons-focused podcast known as Roll for Romance recently announced a collaboration with just over 200 tabletop developers to launch an Itch.io fundraising project called TTRPGs for Reproductive Rights.
“Reproduction rights are under attack”, reads the project description. According to a leaked opinion, conservative Supreme Court justices are planning to overturn Roe v. Wade. Join us in raising funds to support and protect the right to abortion. Now is the time to act and make our voices heard! “
Anyone interested in supporting the cause can collect over 275 games including The Abortionists, a live role-playing game that follows “a group of feminist activists” as they “risk imprisonment to offer illegal abortions” to poor people. act of empowering women, they discover new things about their own power as women “. During the game, players will “discuss feminist politics, advise people seeking abortion and conduct abortions using a metathechnics.” All proceeds from the package go to Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Funds Network.
“Reproductive rights are fundamental, non-negotiable human rights that we must fight to protect,” notes the project description. “All proceeds from this package will be donated to Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds so much needed funds will be distributed nationally and locally and across race, gender and economic status.”
As board game developers have come forward, video game developers have generally backed off from the reproductive rights issue. Most of them have simply not made any statements on the matter. However, Bungie noted that “everyone has the right to choose their own path” and that “freedom is expressed in all aspects of life”. The developer went on to say that “Bungie is committed to safeguarding the freedom and privacy of its employees and to providing support to all employees affected by this decision.”
Similar to Bungie, the developer behind Psychonauts 2, Double Fine, spoke on the issue of reproductive rights. “We strongly believe that a decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade would deny people their human rights and have a direct impact on the lives, freedoms and choices of everyone in this country,” the company said in a statement. “For those who are able, we will encourage donations to an organization that defends these rights.”
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