A friend pointed out to me this morning that buried in the list of common Iron Empires names was the potentially offensive sobriquet “Tar baby.” I was startled to find it nestled between Tamas and Tarrak.
I’m not offended myself, on a personal level anyway. But it seems an extremely poor choice in such a generally well put together product, even if unintentional. Surely there is a more evocative and less racially charged T name which could be put in that slot.
I realize this book has been in print for years now, and that any change made would only impact the PDF and presumably further print runs. I was just startled enough to make a post and point it out here, as a quick search doesn’t seem to have turned up any evidence of this topic previously.
I should emphasize that this is the single major criticism I have of what is otherwise a quite lovely book, and a game system I look forward to playing. It just came as a rather unpleasant surprise.