Saturday, March 2, 2024
Tabletop

Verdant Isles: Teatime Adventures is a cozy LGBTQ+ friendly D&D setting you need to play

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) doesn’t always have to be the hack-and-slack mayhem that it’s made out to be. That’s never been clearer than with Verdant Isles: Teatime Adventures, a beautiful and cozy D&D 5th edition compatible book of adventures that take place in the comfortable town of Oakenbend.

Boasting over 200+ pages of pure, heartwarming adventures, intricate illustrations, a beautiful town full of unique and interesting characters, and surprisingly, a vibrancy of plentiful flavour for your tastebuds. That’s right, there’s food and tea to be found in this book, and I’d be lying if I said that alone didn’t make me want to jump right into this adventure from the get-go.

Food is something that connects people together outside of tabletop games. It allows people to embrace other people’s cultures for one, or to simply get to know what makes their friends and family around them happy. To combine that with tabletop games, an exercise in not just playing a game, but playing a game together, is something that truly makes Verdant Isles: Teatime Adventures stand out from an overwhelmingly saturated D&D crowd. That and well, who doesn’t love a good cuppa tea?

But don’t get it twisted, while this book is compatible with D&D 5th edition, the adventures laid out in these pages encourage conflict resolution that isn’t magic and swinging your sword around at every person you meet. On the contrary, you’ll have to use both your charm and wit – with the help of the narrative gameplay mechanics included – to solve a crisis.

More importantly, what makes Oakenbend a vital component in future adventures is that it is LGBTQ+ and disabled-friendly, something which creator Snowbright Studios has focused on before in order to make their games and adventures as heartwarming, inclusive, and accepting as possible. This inclusive viewpoint is reflected in the D&D adventures of Verdant Isles: Teatime Adventures through the use of harmony magic, a magic that only gets stronger when players work together. It’s cheesy, but it makes me feel all toasty inside.

The book full of adventures, food, and tea is currently on Kickstarter and absolutely smashed its goal in the space of 12 hours. It still nearly has a whole month left, plenty of time for you to dig into the Kickstarter page and see if this is a game you’ll be playing when Snowbright Studios releases it to the world.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.