Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Monday, October 18, 2021

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage month here in the United States, a time to honor the accomplishments, culture, and history of folks whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Here at Paizo, we’re proud of our Hispanic coworkers, contributors, and community members! We’re taking an extra day to celebrate them and all the amazing work they do. Here’s a few of our awesome contributors.

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Luis Loza (he/him), Paizo Developer

I’m of Mexican heritage, but always felt like I wasn’t Mexican enough growing up. I’d get weird looks for being into games or for being loud and goofy. I wasn’t always a quiet child that was into the same things as my parents, relatives, or peers. For a long time, I felt like I wasn’t being Mexican the right way, even though that’s a silly notion. A lot of my best friends growing up were white because it seemed like white people could kind of do whatever they wanted to and at best be written off as weird, rather than “not white enough.” Over the years, I learned part of it was because of boundaries as to where Mexican ended and everything else began. Mexicans did A, B, and C, but not X, Y, and Z. I saw it with a lot of people, not just Mexicans. It could be a heritage thing, a religion thing, a sexuality thing, a gender thing. These invisible boundaries were there, and I was tired of them. I like the things I like and that doesn’t make me less Mexican. Part of the reason I enjoy RPGs is because anyone can do anything they want or be whomever they want. I hope that I can extend a hand to other people to climb past these boundaries with our games. Maybe the next person we help can begin tearing these boundaries down so everyone can be who they want without feeling like they’re not doing it correctly.
Thanks,
Luis Loza


Diego Valdez (he/him), Paizo contributor and former Customer Service Representative

My name is Diego. I’ve been around the TTRPG industry in a few ways. You may know me from my time as a customer service representative for Paizo. But I have also done a lot of freelance writing for both Pathfinder and Starfinder! For org play I have written two Starfinder Society scenarios and a quest, and I also have three ACG adventures under my belt. I have a little bit of backmatter in an AP for each Pathfinder and Starfinder. You can also find me as a contributor on Alien Archive 3, Near Space, Starship Operations Manual, Tech Revolution, Gods & Magic, and the soon to be released Absalom, City of Lost Omens.

I come from northern New Mexico, and I am very proud of my Chicano background and heritage. Since I was young learning about it, embracing it, and living it has always been an important part of who and what I am, even now, here in Washington so far from home. Being able to bring more of that into the worlds I write for is something I have really wanted to do. From a Curandera class, to an adventure revolving around novelas, to setting locations with a Nuevo Mejicano style, I hope to bring it all!


Joseph Blomquist (he/him), Paizo Contributor

Hola, my friends. I’m Joseph Blomquist, a Nuyorican writer with a decade or so of freelance work around the game industry. I’ve contributed to MWP’s Smallville RPG and Marvel Heroic Roleplaying lines, to Starfinder Society with 2-21: Illegal Shipment, 3-18: Secrets in Stillness, to Pathfinder Society with the upcoming 4-04: The Devil-Wrought Disappearance, among many other projects. With the exception to some PF2 conversions for Legendary’s fantastic Boricubos: The Lost Isles, my Latino culture hasn’t come up as often in my freelance career as I would have liked—but it has influenced my outlook on business and the perception of Hispanic and Latino cultures in all industries, not just ours.

Twenty-five years ago, I changed my name. To honor my stepfather, I took his name, forsaking the family name I’d borne for twenty years, Rodriguez. Living in New York, where Rodriguez was a more common surname than even Smith, nothing changed. But moving back to Ohio, where I had spent much of my ill-omened teenage years, I saw a marked difference in how I was perceived. It made me reconsider the importance that a simple name could hold over someone’s life. I’ve made it my mission to help grow voices that may have been ignored or passed over in the past because of their name, sex, skin color, or any other element that makes them outside of the “normal.” I haven’t always been successful, but I’ve tried to include every dark-haired, dark-eyed, swarthy individual I could see in my mind’s eye so that others might see themselves. And to live up to the responsibilities of my name, my family, and nuestra historia.


We appreciate all our Hispanic community members, and we invite those who didn’t share their voices as part of this blog to say hi in the comments and share something you’re proud of! We look forward to celebrating you.

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I removed a string of posts discussing what groups we should celebrate, as this blog and its discussion are focused on celebrating the Hispanic creators in our community. If you have a group you would like to see celebrated, please provide feedback in a separate thread in this forum: https://paizo.com/community/forums/paizo/general. This will help staff reference what the community would like to see during the scheduling process. I will keep an eye out and sticky any link to keep it at the top for easy reference.


Or Paizo employees could Google what months have been declared for what group of people and the dates those months run....

Sovereign Court Director of Community

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That is something that has been done. This isn't an either/or type of scenario.


Until a group's recognition comes out late...


Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Or Paizo employees could Google what months have been declared for what group of people and the dates those months run....

You read Diego's post about how it happened, right? Would it have been better if the person who came in and pushed it hadn't and there hadn't been one this year?

What I do think it shows is that, like we've heard about a lot of other inclusive stuff, it's coming out of individual employee initiative rather than actual company policy.


thejeff wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Or Paizo employees could Google what months have been declared for what group of people and the dates those months run....

You read Diego's post about how it happened, right? Would it have been better if the person who came in and pushed it hadn't and there hadn't been one this year?

What I do think it shows is that, like we've heard about a lot of other inclusive stuff, it's coming out of individual employee initiative rather than actual company policy.

Which would have been part of Paizo's history for Hispanic Heritage month, if you are going to do something, do it right.


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Going to say that I bet those who are recognized appreciate the opportunity to share their stories, and thank you Luis, Diego and Joseph for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Thank you Diego for pulling back the curtain a bit as to why this came out a bit late, and appreciate that even with all the craziness going on you got the chance to share your story with us too.

Any time we can recognize humans for humaning it is a great boon for our community to be able to see into the lives that enrich it. We are a melting pot, and come out stronger for it :D


Has Paizo ever failed to recognize Pride month?


Yoshua wrote:

Going to say that I bet those who are recognized appreciate the opportunity to share their stories, and thank you Luis, Diego and Joseph for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Thank you Diego for pulling back the curtain a bit as to why this came out a bit late, and appreciate that even with all the craziness going on you got the chance to share your story with us too.

Any time we can recognize humans for humaning it is a great boon for our community to be able to see into the lives that enrich it. We are a melting pot, and come out stronger for it :D

Melting pot entails losing culture and language. This should not happen.

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Terevalis, I don't post here ever, but you have brought it out of me. This blog post was supposed to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and spotlight 3 Hispanic authors. It was 3 days late and the reasons for any lateness were already explored. For the last 2 days, you've done nothing but spit all over it, completely disresprecting the authors, the people they were trying to reach, and the Hispanic Culture you claim to care about.

As a latino, I'm ashamed.

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While I understand being upset the circumstamces, this should be about celebrating the work and accomplishments of people in our community. Luis, Joseph and Diego are all fantastic writers who have done so much to push for diversity at Paizo. They should be allowed their moment to shine and get the recognition they deserve.

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Thanks for sharing your stories Luis, Joseph, and Diego!


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Yoshua wrote:

Going to say that I bet those who are recognized appreciate the opportunity to share their stories, and thank you Luis, Diego and Joseph for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Thank you Diego for pulling back the curtain a bit as to why this came out a bit late, and appreciate that even with all the craziness going on you got the chance to share your story with us too.

Any time we can recognize humans for humaning it is a great boon for our community to be able to see into the lives that enrich it. We are a melting pot, and come out stronger for it :D

Melting pot entails losing culture and language. This should not happen.

Agree to disagree. I definitely see your point, but Seattle is a melting pot. The different districts will testify that when done right you definitely do not lose your culture.

Thanks.

Editted to add:
Working with many people from hispanic communities and being invited to my friends kids quinceanera and another friends wedding. Both things that if I didn't work in the melting pot I would never have had the opportunity.

Working with a lot of vietnamese people has broadened my horizons too. something that never would have happened if I didn't have the melting pot I was welcomed into.

Not an expert by any means, but when I say melting pot I mean people coming together and sharing culture. I get that it may mean something different to other people, but that isn't my experience.

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
As Hispanic, being afforded the proper respect for that culture is important, but you do you. If you think that it is okay for Hispanics members of the community to be disrespected in this way, then that is part of your ideology. Not everyone subscribes to that.

So you agree that by continuing to try to tear down this post you are not showing Hispanic authors the respect you should for our culture and that you are disrespecting them. Glad to see we can agree there.

Now that we've gotten you to see the error of your ways, I want to take the time to celebrate why we're even talking here.

Luis is tirelessly guiding the path of the Lost Omens lore. Path finder didn't hit me nearly as much as star finder until the Lost Omens line. I'm pretty sure having a fellow Hispanic at the helm has something to do with that.

Diego wrote one heck of a star finder adventure. It seems like it was perfect timing to play a story about modern importing issues.

My first character death was due to one of Joseph's adventures. It was legit hard and I loved it.

Thanks guys!


TNieves wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
As Hispanic, being afforded the proper respect for that culture is important, but you do you. If you think that it is okay for Hispanics members of the community to be disrespected in this way, then that is part of your ideology. Not everyone subscribes to that.

So you agree that by continuing to try to tear down this post you are not showing Hispanic authors the respect you should for our culture and that you are disrespecting them. Glad to see we can agree there.

Now that we've gotten you to see the error of your ways, I want to take the time to celebrate why we're even talking here.

Luis is tirelessly guiding the path of the Lost Omens lore. Path finder didn't hit me nearly as much as star finder until the Lost Omens line. I'm pretty sure having a fellow Hispanic at the helm has something to do with that.

Diego wrote one heck of a star finder adventure. It seems like it was perfect timing to play a story about modern importing issues.

My first character death was due to one of Joseph's adventures. It was legit hard and I loved it.

Thanks guys!

Nope, I don't agree with you. Perhaps we can agree that you think that a statement along the lines of, Sorry this is late...but we would still like to highlight our Hispanic contributors would have been more appropriate than this coming out like an after thought. Since you seem to be okay with how Hispanics are treated then that is on you.

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:

Nope, I don't agree with you. Perhaps we can agree that you think that a statement along the lines of, Sorry this is late...but we would still like to highlight our Hispanic contributors would have been more appropriate than this coming out like an after thought. Since you seem to be okay with how Hispanics are treated then that is on you.

Yes, that would be pretty cool. It would also be cool to see you even acknowledge the Hispanic authors this post is about. That street goes both ways, bud.


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What bothers me about the whole argument is that all-too-often, far more outrage gets leveled at the people who actually try to do something but don't do it "perfectly" than at the people who steer clear of it all from the get-go. It directly punishes the minority creators who try to take chances and make things better--sometimes even risking discomfort in their workplace in the process--and doesn't actually really help anyone.

Paizo posted this later than they should have. That's entirely fair to criticize them for, but it's also a very simple criticism. I don't see what else needs to be said other than, "This post carries beautiful sentiments from a lot of amazing creators, but I'm disappointed it came out so late in the month."

I'm not Hispanic, and I don't want to say that the criticism is or isn't important because it's not my place to do so, but this is an issue I see surface across marginalized communities and it creates a depressing culture of discomfort and hesitation around discussing any minority identity.


TNieves wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:

Nope, I don't agree with you. Perhaps we can agree that you think that a statement along the lines of, Sorry this is late...but we would still like to highlight our Hispanic contributors would have been more appropriate than this coming out like an after thought. Since you seem to be okay with how Hispanics are treated then that is on you.

Yes, that would be pretty cool. It would also be cool to see you even acknowledge the Hispanic authors this post is about. That street goes both ways, bud.

Diego and I have had conversations when he was still working at CS over his representation of Northern New Mexico culture, so I have done this already, bud. Glad to see you coming late to the party.

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Terevalis, you’re kinda in self-destructive mode right now, maybe take a break from the forums and take a breath, please?


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The blog being posted late is bad, and has been noted by those in charge. I’m not sure there’s much more productive to be done by repeating the point.

The blog itself is good, and the people being celebrated in it are awesome folks doing awesome work.


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Thank you for sharing your stories! I greatly appreciate it!


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Yoshua wrote:

Going to say that I bet those who are recognized appreciate the opportunity to share their stories, and thank you Luis, Diego and Joseph for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Thank you Diego for pulling back the curtain a bit as to why this came out a bit late, and appreciate that even with all the craziness going on you got the chance to share your story with us too.

Any time we can recognize humans for humaning it is a great boon for our community to be able to see into the lives that enrich it. We are a melting pot, and come out stronger for it :D

Melting pot entails losing culture and language. This should not happen.

I respectfully disagree. It means losing part of the original culture, yes, but also mixing it with the local culture and creating something new. For example, Peruvian cuisine is of world renown not because of ancients Quechua cooking traditions alone and Chinese-Peruvian cuisine, AKA "Chifa", is distinctively different from traditional Chinese meals.

Humbly,
Yawar

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Rysky wrote:
Terevalis, you’re kinda in self-destructive mode right now, maybe take a break from the forums and take a breath, please?

Hey that's my line!! Give it back!

*I know this is not helping but I needed the dopamine chuckle*

Thank you Luis, Diego and Joseph! Agree about the Lost Omens comment upthread ^^


YawarFiesta wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Yoshua wrote:

Going to say that I bet those who are recognized appreciate the opportunity to share their stories, and thank you Luis, Diego and Joseph for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Thank you Diego for pulling back the curtain a bit as to why this came out a bit late, and appreciate that even with all the craziness going on you got the chance to share your story with us too.

Any time we can recognize humans for humaning it is a great boon for our community to be able to see into the lives that enrich it. We are a melting pot, and come out stronger for it :D

Melting pot entails losing culture and language. This should not happen.

I respectfully disagree. It means losing part of the original culture, yes, but also mixing it with the local culture and creating something new. For example, Peruvian cuisine is of world renown not because of ancients Quechua cooking traditions alone and Chinese-Peruvian cuisine, AKA "Chifa", is distinctively different from traditional Chinese meals.

Humbly,
Yawar

There is a difference between assimilation and cultural self determination.

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
YawarFiesta wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Yoshua wrote:

Going to say that I bet those who are recognized appreciate the opportunity to share their stories, and thank you Luis, Diego and Joseph for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Thank you Diego for pulling back the curtain a bit as to why this came out a bit late, and appreciate that even with all the craziness going on you got the chance to share your story with us too.

Any time we can recognize humans for humaning it is a great boon for our community to be able to see into the lives that enrich it. We are a melting pot, and come out stronger for it :D

Melting pot entails losing culture and language. This should not happen.

I respectfully disagree. It means losing part of the original culture, yes, but also mixing it with the local culture and creating something new. For example, Peruvian cuisine is of world renown not because of ancients Quechua cooking traditions alone and Chinese-Peruvian cuisine, AKA "Chifa", is distinctively different from traditional Chinese meals.

Humbly,
Yawar

There is a difference between assimilation and cultural self determination.

and in-between there is Cultural pluralism.

without some level of shared culture, society can't function.


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And as long as individuals are free to explore those cultural boundaries via their own self-determination, that's cool. Some will lean heavier on their cultural roots. Others will lean harder into assimilation. Most will fall somewhere between. It is when you start telling people from other cultural groups that they must conform in some way that things start getting real bad, real fast.


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Hola, les felicito por el maravilloso trabajo que realizan y les agradesco mucho el que compartieran sus historias.

deseo aprovechar la oportunidad y la celebración para solicitarles que publiquen las aventuras en español, ya que ahunque entiendo el idioma ingles; resulta dificil entender con la terminología/tecnisismos de fantasia, medievales/futuristas que se suelen usar en los juegos de D20.

les mando saludos y les deseo todos los exitos en sus proyectos.

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davidosvaldo wrote:

Hola, les felicito por el maravilloso trabajo que realizan y les agradesco mucho el que compartieran sus historias.

deseo aprovechar la oportunidad y la celebración para solicitarles que publiquen las aventuras en español, ya que ahunque entiendo el idioma ingles; resulta dificil entender con la terminología/tecnisismos de fantasia, medievales/futuristas que se suelen usar en los juegos de D20.

les mando saludos y les deseo todos los exitos en sus proyectos.

Looks like it's possible to do a translation for Pathfinder Infinite, but requires an additional licensing agreement with Paizo. Maybe this is something that could be crowdsourced if there is enough interest.

Paizo Employee VP of Marketing & Licensing

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davidosvaldo wrote:

Hola, les felicito por el maravilloso trabajo que realizan y les agradesco mucho el que compartieran sus historias.

deseo aprovechar la oportunidad y la celebración para solicitarles que publiquen las aventuras en español, ya que ahunque entiendo el idioma ingles; resulta dificil entender con la terminología/tecnisismos de fantasia, medievales/futuristas que se suelen usar en los juegos de D20.

les mando saludos y les deseo todos los exitos en sus proyectos.

Pathfinder and Starfinder products are localized into Spanish by Devir, but only as digital products. You can find them here: Devir on DriveThruRPG.

Good Gaming!

-Jim

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I searched it more online and looks like you can get Starfinder and Pathfinder 2E in print in español from GoblenTrader: GoblenTrader

but not sure if they offer overseas shipping.


Ashbourne wrote:

I searched it more online and looks like you can get Starfinder and Pathfinder 2E in print in español from GoblenTrader: GoblenTrader

but not sure if they offer overseas shipping.

Thank you very much for the links, I will check the site.


Jim Butler wrote:
davidosvaldo wrote:

Hola, les felicito por el maravilloso trabajo que realizan y les agradesco mucho el que compartieran sus historias.

deseo aprovechar la oportunidad y la celebración para solicitarles que publiquen las aventuras en español, ya que ahunque entiendo el idioma ingles; resulta dificil entender con la terminología/tecnisismos de fantasia, medievales/futuristas que se suelen usar en los juegos de D20.

les mando saludos y les deseo todos los exitos en sus proyectos.

Pathfinder and Starfinder products are localized into Spanish by Devir, but only as digital products. You can find them here: Devir on DriveThruRPG.

Good Gaming!

-Jim

Thank you very much for the links, I will check the site.


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Muchas gracias Jim Butles y Ashbourne, los sitios son muy bueno (entontré buenos productos), sin embargo no tienen historias de la nueva edición como por ejemplo "abomination vaults", espero en un futuro puedan tener verciones fisicas y digitales en español, aun asi muchas gracias.

Saludos.

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You are welcome. While looking at the Goblintrader website, I saw that they have a store in Valencia. Valencia always reminds me of the history of El Cid.


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Proud Mexican who does NOT need anyone recognizing me or mi gente for anything.

You do you, boo boo, I do me.
I don’t cry for what you do/don’t do for me. You don’t cry for me.

That’s how we get along and don’t lay unneeded karma on each other.
Paizo, you keep doing it right!

Gregorio Munoz III
The Unoffended Mexican GM

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