Like so many of our fellow gaming industry professionals, fellow Americans, and fellow humans around the world, we at JBE are horrified and outraged by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, and so, so many others. We say it with you: Black Lives Matter.
We call upon our elected officials to enact meaningful reforms such as banning chokeholds, holding officers accountable for their actions, and cutting bloated budgets of police departments and transferring it to services that will help people without involving law enforcement.
To that end, Jon Brazer Enterprises is proud to take part in the Black Lives Matter Bundles at DriveThruRPG. All proceeds from these bundles go to support some very important causes such as Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the National Police Accountability Project. You can find all 6 of the Black Lives Matter Bundles as well as some awesome products created by person’s of color here. Our contribution to the bundle is the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans. We chose this book because it features a strong and wise black woman on the cover that can defeat her enemies with both her weapons as well as her mind.
Recently it was pointed out that our diversity in our cover artwork is lacking. We may be decent with our representation in our interior artwork but we are by no means great. We are committing to increasing the representation of skin tones and body types in our artwork, particularly in our cover artwork.
It’s not just that black lives matter, their voices matter as well. Everyone has the potential to be a hero; those that stand up for the good of all are heroes. No matter what your heritage is, you should be able to see yourself in the games you love. Heroes should be represented in gaming artwork, and that is what we will be aiming to do. As a game designer I look up to once said, “It is not about being perfect but learning from your mistakes and being better than yesterday.”