I'm a 49-year old cis white male nerd in our marketing dept composed of middle-aged "yoga vegan gluten-free" women, young hipster women, young hipster dudes, and a gay male karaoke fanatic - none of whom are especially nerdy or geeky.
Except for the older middle-aged cis white male who will...
Back in high school (same GM as above), Ryder would often say "the moon falls from the sky and crushes you" if he didn't like what you were doing.
He was joking. He never ACTUALLY crushed a character. But there were times when we were pushing his limits and he would warn us, "The moon looks...
I try to warm players of the in-game consequences of their actions if there are huge consequences - sort of a "are you really sure you want to do that?" and give them a chance to change their minds. But I typically don't ever say "No, you don't do that." outright.
Knowing him in high school, I couldn't imagine a greater disparity between the person I knew in high school and the job they are currently doing. When we reconnected on Facebook a few years back, I about fell out of my chair (he was assistant District Attorney then).
Here's a relevant story that actually happened - word for word.
Its 1988, my gaming friends and I were at high school, sitting at a table making Marvel Super Heroes characters.
Ryder (Gamemaster): "Okay, I'd like you all to make heroes. Actual heroic good guys."
Us: "Got it"
Ghosts of Saltmarsh, Chapter 10
The Mysterious Laboratory
The A-Team brave arcane traps in order to reach the heart of the Mysterious Tower! Special audio recording of the reading of the wizard's journal by Marlin's player...
I'm not a furry but I've always separated general furry design and fandom from the subset that is sexualized or fetishized.
Zootopia has a very "furry" design aesthetic without being sexualized.
But maybe there's a distinction between "anthropomorphic" and "furry". Like I said, I have no idea.
There were anthropomorphic games before there was 5e. Albedo, Big Ears Small Mouse for BESM, Mouse Guard, Furry Pirates, TMNT, Usagi Yojimbo, Kevin and Kell, etc. etc.
I think what you are seeing is an application of the furry aesthetic to the very popular 5e rules. In older times, they'd have...
The Mysterious Fields of Force
The A-Team continues their exploration of the Mysterious Tower in the Hool Marsh. Otyughs, Owlbears, Acid Traps, and more!