Or rather in a discussion about it, though the webcomic itself contributes. . .
The muddle is about Good and Evil. Which it imports from D&D. On one hand, you have the straightforward sort of stuff -- murder is bad, etc. On the other you have the Always Evil races, which do tend to give people heebie-jeebies trying to work them out. It would be a real trick to work them into a world where they are born that way*, which is why most people, like Burlew, do not. Burlew's goblins, objecting to the racism about them, have a good case, they were actually created by the gods to give characters a chance to level up, and once an elf is depicted saying an only good goblin is a dead one to justify killing a helpless goblin prisoner. We get the Team Evil effect, where at points it looks like you dress people in white and blue to say they're on one side, and red and black for the other.
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