In this thread… community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758...
I was attempting to use humor to open the door to a discussion about adult themes, art, and target audience marketing, though I do certainly understand WotC Trevor’s reluctance to continue the thread. On this one, lets try and keep it above the waist line.
The basic rules box set was marketed towards youth, while AD&D was clearly marketed towards the adult likely male audience.
With alignments and evil characters potentially returning to D&D, does that mean the door is also open to stop targeting children as the main audience and start returning adult themes and artwork to the core franchise once again?
Is sexual objectification of both sexes and graphic violence acceptable to gamers now days as sex and violence do sell books, or is D&D now under Hasbro required to be a family friendly and politically correct product line?
Though I don’t think it’s at all likely, in all honesty I would like to see D&D return to being a politically incorrect semi-subversive hobby for adults featuring adult themes and tones for the core franchise rather than the “lets save the villager’s puppy!” themes and tones that to me seem currently being pushed.
On the slider between the brutally violent, sexual, demonic, and undead themed AD&D level of adult content (1) or the lets add D&D to family game night (10) scale… where do you think the tone of the 5e D&D core tone should sit and why?