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Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

  • 03:26 AM - Mouseferatu mentioned Abstruse in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    WotC was very clear about what hour of what day the new book would be announced and made no further promises. This entire event was set up to disseminate infirmation. Does being press make you believe you are entitled to more information sooner than the rest of us? Or course WotC teased you the way they did. You basically asked if the final day was worth warching. Were they supposed to say 'No? " You know, given that Abstruse busts his ass for this site--hunting down stories, collating information, and writing it all up every week, plus trying to stay on top of big stories like this one--and given that WotC won't allow ENWorld access to advance info due to leaks that weren't ENWorld's fault, while still giving advanced access to other sites that have leaked info early--I think you can back the hell off and just say "Thank you for trying, I'm sorry your time was wasted."

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018


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Saturday, 28th October, 2017

  • 07:42 AM - Mouseferatu mentioned Abstruse in post News Digest: PaizoCon Harassment, Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated, WizKids and Warhammer 40K, Fantasy Flight Interactive, and more!
    Could you maybe steer clear of the controversial news that your not 100% sure about. Recently the F-up with the Tom Vassel business and now with the Bill Web stuff. Stick with rehashing press releases, because investigative journalism isn't your best feat (or as powerful as it was in 3rd Edition ;-)... I am not Abstruse, but I know him outside of his position as a columnist here at ENWorld, and I can 100% assure you that he will never, ever stop posting about, or calling people out for, sexual harassment, abuse, or assault in the industry. He will report what he's learned, and he will correct as new information comes to him, as he should. But stop reporting it? Never. Nor should he.

Thursday, 24th August, 2017

  • 04:50 PM - LordEntrails mentioned Abstruse in post News Digest: Gen Con, ENnies, Diana Jones, Star Wars, Starfinder, and more!
    ...n June. Spiel des Jahres is a closed selection process for the jurors, but their names and identities are publicly known. As for what criteria they use. Ah, basically anything that they want. After several sentences, they come down and say this; The precise interpretation of ‘excellence in gaming’ is left to the discretion of the individual judges I mean, "industry insiders patting each other on the back" is pretty much the definition of an award regardless of the medium the award is for. This may often be true. But not all awards are this. Some are popularity contests open to the public. But credibility is not something an awards group can just grant themselves. And it is near impossible when they are secretive in both who they are and how they make their selection(s). If they were credible, then other sources besides themselves would actually cite them as credible. Where are those links? (So far, this question which is probably the most important has simple been ignored.) @Abstruse, note these questions or comments of mine are not meant to question your article. It is straight forward news (and I appreciate it, including this topic and others). I'm just trying to understand what the credibility of the DJA is.

Saturday, 12th July, 2014

  • 04:01 AM - pemerton mentioned Abstruse in post Will there be a 4.75 a la Pathfinder?
    I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "as an item" as that is not a phrase I'm familiar with as a legal term of art.It's not a legal term of art. "As a good offered for sale" is not really a legal term of art either, but would do as a synonym for "as an item". Restricting myself to federal law, trade dress is protected by §43(a) of the Lanham Act. (15 USC §1125 see also Two Pesos, Inc. v. Taco Cabana, Inc., 505 US 763)I think there are going to be complexities in comparing trade dress of a restaurant (or other commercial service provision, like M:tG online mentioned upthread by Abstruse) and trademarks and trade dress of goods. For instance, if a book or magazine is sold solely in shrink wrap, then it seems to me that that must suggest limitations on the extent to which material that appears only on the interior of the book can constitute trade dress or trademarks belonging to the publisher. At a certain point, such material cannot play a role in consumers distinguishing the goods of one producer from those of another, competing, producer. Or, from the point of view of a potentially infringing trader, at a certain point material that appears only within the interior of a book has not been "used in commerce", which is the statutory phrase that triggers liability. Here's an example: A 3PP makes a new monster: A 1 Eyed, 1 Horned Purple People Eater. They use the mechanics from MMIII to create the monsters stats, and they use the same colors and layout as monsters from MMMIII. While it's my position that (if it's protected at all) it's protected by trade dress a...

Saturday, 31st August, 2013

  • 06:41 AM - Morrus mentioned Abstruse in post Long interview with Cordell & Schwalb
    Conducted by Abstruse. There's a lot to get your teeth into in that interview; it's unusually candid and non PR-y for WotC. Great read. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63941 I'm surprised about how frankly they spoke about 4E. Equal parts good and bad. It's the sort of interview that is likely to reignite the edition wars, though. Plus lots of tidbits on the D&D Next playtest approach.

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Saturday, 24th November, 2018

  • 03:16 PM - Umbran quoted Abstruse in post Hidden
  • 06:46 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Abstruse in post Hidden
  • 04:02 AM - TrippyHippy quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: White Wolf Dissolved, MORE New D&D Releases Announced, RPG Now Closing (kinda), and more!
    Okay, taking my objective journalist hat off for this one. You want to know what the "moral stance" was? It was two years ago when Paradox created a mobile game that deadnamed a real-life trans person as an NPC to slander her then defending the game writer that put her in and refusing after several patches to make changes. It was a year and a half ago after the "pre-alpha" playtest where there were more rules for when your character was forced to commit various acts of sexual assault than there were for using your skills. It was six months ago when the company allegedly made legal threats against a blogger who posted all of this with cited sources to force him to take down his post with one designer doxxing him so that the blogger deleted his entire online presence to escape the death threats.Which is tantamount to an admission here that certain individuals have been orchestrating a revenge campaign against Paradox/White Wolf for two years. I don't know about the former case, but I do know that...

Friday, 23rd November, 2018

  • 11:56 PM - Shasarak quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: White Wolf Dissolved, MORE New D&D Releases Announced, RPG Now Closing (kinda), and more!
    I mean, if you want to nitpick the use of an analogy to Hitler with a Jewish author in reference the game he worked on for over a decade, that's your prerogative but I'm not sure I'd go there... Of course Jewish authors have advantage on their rolls to identify Hitlers what was I thinking. Mod note: Folks, if you want an example of a post that comes across as incredibly anti-semitic, this is it. We strongly advise folks use their common sense before hitting "submit" and avoid posting things like this. ~Umbran
  • 10:47 PM - Birmy quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: White Wolf Dissolved, MORE New D&D Releases Announced, RPG Now Closing (kinda), and more!
    Okay, taking my objective journalist hat off for this one. You want to know what the "moral stance" was? It was two years ago when Paradox created a mobile game that deadnamed a real-life trans person as an NPC to slander her then defending the game writer that put her in and refusing after several patches to make changes. It was a year and a half ago after the "pre-alpha" playtest where there were more rules for when your character was forced to commit various acts of sexual assault than there were for using your skills. It was six months ago when the company allegedly made legal threats against a blogger who posted all of this with cited sources to force him to take down his post with one designer doxxing him so that the blogger deleted his entire online presence to escape the death threats. ...Sometimes I'm glad I'm not more entrenched in this hobby than I already am.
  • 09:38 PM - Shasarak quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: White Wolf Dissolved, MORE New D&D Releases Announced, RPG Now Closing (kinda), and more!
    ...except this is as far as I'm aware the first time any tabletop roleplaying game has caused an international political incident, specifically one that's involved officials from two foreign governments admonishing the company. Whether or not you agree with writing about real-world events, this was handled so poorly that everyone involved on every side of this issue has called out White Wolf for how they handled it. Of course Chechnya is going to complain and on the other hand you can not consider that as a sign you have done a poor job.
  • 09:29 PM - TrippyHippy quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: White Wolf Dissolved, MORE New D&D Releases Announced, RPG Now Closing (kinda), and more!
    ...except this is as far as I'm aware the first time any tabletop roleplaying game has caused an international political incident, specifically one that's involved officials from two foreign governments admonishing the company. Whether or not you agree with writing about real-world events, this was handled so poorly that everyone involved on every side of this issue has called out White Wolf for how they handled it. As much as anything else, this is what irritates me the most about the 'moral' stance of individuals criticising White Wolf. These foreign governments are the ones who are actually carrying out policies of persecution and aggression against their own LGBT communities, while denying they even exist in their countries. When you say it was poorly handled, are you actually meaning that these governments are right to be upset about being called out for what they are actually doing? I think the notion that a few gamers have their squeamish sensibilities upset by reading horror fict...

Saturday, 17th November, 2018

  • 10:35 AM - RobJN quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: T-Rex Running a D&D Game, Hasbro Entertainment Centers Announced, Essen Spiel Theft Updates, and more!
    That would require using FATE. Hard Pass. I'd rather allow X cards or some other failure at my table first. Rather than the game system, it was more a reference to the book series. See Dresden Files #7: Dead Beat
  • 12:29 AM - Mercador quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: T-Rex Running a D&D Game, Hasbro Entertainment Centers Announced, Essen Spiel Theft Updates, and more!
    There's plenty of changes to get discounts. Seasonal sales, membership discounts, and others. I don't want necessarily to point you to Amazon because local game stores also need the business, but it's usually much cheaper on there (last I checked, Amazon's price on the set was about US$105 while the retail price is $169.99). Or...well, it is a gift set. Make people aware you're interested and they may get it for you. Add it to your wishlist, you never know. Just remember, the mass market version is just the standard covers. The version in the picture I used is the deluxe edition available only in hobby stores. The listing on Amazon I linked to goes to a hobby game store who is selling it on Amazon, not from Amazon itself. (This is the same loophole that allowed Magic: The Gathering cards outside of just the large starter/gift sets to be available for sale until Wizards opened up sales to mass markets earlier this year.) Well, I'm weak, it's already bought! But it will wait for Christmas. At m...

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018


Friday, 26th October, 2018

  • 05:22 AM - FitzTheRuke quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: D&D Previews and Schedule Change, Pathfinder Playtest Update, DreamWorks Announces RPG Film, Asmodee Sold, and more!
    Could be way worse. In the 3rd Ed days, WotC released at least one and as many as three books a month, on top of the two magazines. And that wasn't counting all the releases from the third party companies under the OGL. This release schedule for 5e has been glacial compared with any other edition, where the number of books released since 5e started would've been released before the first year was out even with an August Gen Con release. It looks like they're focusing on quality over quantity and, by focusing on 2-4 books a year instead of 1-3 a month, they're able to more tightly control system bloat and consumer confusion over what they "need" to buy. I know! I've owned a FLGS for 25 years! (Yikes!) Second edition was still going strong. I remember late 3.5 ordering books wondering if we would move *ONE* copy, or NOT. This is, by comparison, awesome. I only have to worry about how *many* we will sell, not *if* we will sell any. (It really was *that* bad). It's one of the reasons I'm sur...

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

  • 09:29 PM - Flexor the Mighty! quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: More D&D Release Previews, Pathfinder Updates and Releases, Fantasy Ground User Statistics, and more!
    What do you mean? They just released a new one last year. I helped them sort out an issue with the subtitle timing for the DVD and acted as a test audience. I think I interviewed them for the column when the Kickstarter was live...or at least wrote about it... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIFM__Bg7ko Didn't see that, and looks like a new cast compared to the last two. ZOE doesn't list that on their website either that I can see. Edit...yeah the trailer didn't do much for me. Was hoping for more of Cass, Lodge, Leo, Gary, and Joanna. Oh well. the first Gamers was amusing for a few parts but as a movie I really liked the last two. Should have been more specific.

Thursday, 4th October, 2018

  • 09:49 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: Evil Hat Scales Back Release Schedule, D&D Errata Announced, Star Trek Adventures: DS9, and more!
    The good news is that there's at least the semi-official update through Unearthed Arcana and, unless you're playing Adventure League, there's no Game Police to kick down your door to arrest you for not sticking to RAW. And a lot more DMs seem to be willing to use non-official content these days as there's an entire generation who weren't scarred by the D20 System OGL glut of broken third-party sourcebooks. It seems AL is the reason it matters for a lot of people. My group uses a version we all chipped in and created based off of the UA version ourselves (we obviously don't play AL). When we start a new campaign, we typically make a lot of new variants for the classes or structures to the classes just to fit the world in which we're playing, sometimes to change things up a little, or to make a bit more sense for the world around the characters - just one of the many facets of 5E I love most. You illustrate the why quite well, Abstruse.

Sunday, 9th September, 2018

  • 05:17 AM - barasawa quoted Abstruse in post News Digest: D&D New Releases, Savage Worlds New Edition, Sequel to Tales from the Loop, and more!
    ...n of which one it is can only help. Had enough trouble with trying to find the correct errata between the 1st printing release, deluxe, explorer, etc. As to tacking on some kind of adjective or other random word, that's way too confusing for everyone. (Take note Android Devs, nobody knows what the sequence of Icecream, Jellybean, Gateau, and Popsicle are. Use freaking numbers so it's obvious to the users! Speaking of which, how many readers knew that other than being a french cake, gateau isn't a release of the Android OS, at least not yet) Also on the name front, you can only get away with a word based version delineation once, after that it's confusing, and PEGinc has used a lot of them already. Though if they used "Reloaded" as it's the current revamping name for settings, it might work, except it's not the same version as that in those various "Reloaded" products. So I guess that wouldn't really work either. I really hope some of the folks over at PEGinc read this post ;) Abstruse also mentioned POD (Print On Demand). Sure it might be an option, but after all costs for that, it'll probably be as expensive or more so than the kickstarter book. After all, I'm pretty sure that PEGinc will have a large enough print run to have a scale of economy price break from the printer, whatever company that is. As to run size, that's one of the great things about getting funding from a kickstarter for a product you ARE doing. It's like a preorder, so you have pretty much a guarantee of a certain sales level. You can of course add a bit more to handle those retailers didn't kick in and the stragglers that missed also the kickstarter for some reason or another. It's no where near the gamble that a blind production run can be. But I'm babbling far too much and going into the details about my thinking, but I guess those aren't really necessary. Boiled down to the basics: $30 is too much for just a mod of the rules they've been selling for $10. Maybe it has enough ne...

Friday, 31st August, 2018


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Saturday, 4th August, 2018

  • 05:20 AM - Umbran quoted Abstruse in post GenCon and "the Attack"?
    Or that someone who has made false claims of attacks previously that were found to be false (yes, in a court of law, even in a civil suit), went to a convention he is banned from attending, targeted someone for harassment (the reason he was banned), and made up yet another false attack. Okay. So, saying it friendly-like was not sufficient. Mod Hat On: This board WILL NOT be used as a court of public opinion against either Hambly, or his alleged attacker. We were not present. We do not know the truth. This is a matter for police and the courts, not the opinions of people on message boards who were not present for the incident. This story has political elements to it. Some people on both sides of those politics just love to besmirch their opponents. But, EN World is generally a no-politics zone. We are not going to engage in that game here. Is this perfectly clear to everyone? If not, please take it to PM or e-mail with me, or another member of the moderation staff. Than...
  • 04:54 AM - Umbran quoted Abstruse in post GenCon and "the Attack"?
    No it doesn't. Here's the quote from the article: You missed some crucial bits there. The article says: "IMPD told IndyStar Thursday afternoon they were unfamiliar with Hambly making a report at that time." (emphasis mine) It also says: "Shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, hours after the video was posted, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a "delayed assault" by meeting Hambly at a Downtown hotel." Emphasis again is mine. Of course, if the IMPD didn't speak to Hambly until 8 PM, they could not have had a report that afternoon! We play games about time travel, but we don't actually *do* it! The article is raising the point that Hambly did not speak to the police immediately. He did eventually do so, after posting his video. Now, let us all note that this supposedly happened at 1 AM, at a bar. What's the mostly likely scenario? One or more people got drunk, made some bad decisions, and got into a scuffle in which nobody seems to have been se...
  • 02:39 AM - Umbran quoted Abstruse in post GenCon and "the Attack"?
    Because there's nothing to report as there's no story. I checked with the local paper and the Indianapolis Police Department and there are no records of any police investigation or even a call to the police made concerning an assault anywhere remotely resembling the location, time, or any other details. And I mean nothing. The IndyStar does not agree with you. I won't quote them here, but the article above refers to a police report, and a meeting between the police and Hambly at a hotel.


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