In June an uproar about an article on the Wizards of the Coast homepage arose. The article was named “D&D Kids: Girls at the Table”. It was part of the series “D&D Kids” that had been published for quite some time by WotC, written by Uri Kurlianchik. The community demanded a removal of the article. A starting point if this movement was an article by Kynn on livejournal.com, where she questioned Uri’s qualification to supervise kids in general. Her statements where based on the article in question and statements from Uri on his Google Buzz feed. The outcries began to rise across the Internet and let eventually to Wizards removing Uri’s article from the their homepage.
The following events have gone even further. Wizards has decided to remove all “D&D Kids” articles from their site. This has led to Uri moving to Geekcentricity, where he planed to re-release his old articles and write new ones. He is also shifting focus to dndkids.com. I was surprised by the pretty silent removal of the article as well as the vanishing of the whole series, though the statements in Uris article and on Google Buzz have been awkward. I tried to get a few answers from WotC, but have been unlucky so far. But I did get to interview Uri himself to shed some light on the matter. I am also in contact with Kynn and hope to get some information from her soon.
Within the next days I’ll publish the interview with Uri on this blog unedited. Afterwards I’ll write a short summary on the points made and have a closer look at them. Until then I should have also gotten a reply from Kynn and maybe WotC has send something, too. All in all this should grant a clearer view on the events, as my goal is to provide an objective view on the events.
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