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    Quote Originally Posted by carmachu View Post
    Isnt this the second set of layoffs since 4e was released?
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    I wouldn't read a lot into it.

    Does anyone remember the rough timeline for how the 3.0 layoffs went? 3E was released in August 2000. Didn't the first big wave come in like Oct/Nov of that same year? And then there was another smaller round the next spring I think. Boy I'm having trouble remembering...
    Same pattern with 3.0 and 3.5, so this was expected to happen, although I'm surprised we haven't seen even more in RPG R&D...I suppose the full list hasn't been determined yet, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carmachu View Post
    Isnt this the second set of layoffs since 4e was released?

    Yeah. the first one was based around the digital thing too, wasn't it?

    I feel bad for these guys. Man. It's getting tougher and tougher out there.

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    Looked back through my archive, it was December 2000. And Peter Adkison also left WotC in the same stroke.

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    I hope that the game designers will get snapped up by various companies. Those are good minds right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herremann the Wise View Post
    Is this a typical cleaning out? Does this reflect on the success (or lack of) of DDI, or D&D in general? What should (if anything) be read into this?
    Given the current economic climate, and that Wizards seems to layoff key personnel on an annual cycle, I wouldn't read much into the layoffs.
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    For you guys who are more in the know, how many people over there at WOTC who work for D&D or DDI are left? I know for those involved this totally sucks, but as for the company, is this a drop in the bucket? Or a good percentage of the D&D/DDI crew? Are we cleaning house here, or just cleaning the closet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rechan View Post
    I hope that the game designers will get snapped up by various companies. Those are good minds right there.
    Who's out there to snap them up? Most RPG companies are so small that they're essentially run out of people's basements with contracted designers to keep the material flowing. White Wolf is the only other one that is large in the same sense as WotC. Some other companies with relatively small full time staffs are Paizo, FFG, Steve Jackson Games, and Mongoose. I seriously doubt anyone on that list is in need of full time employees right now.
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    This is a joke, right? That list can't be serious! Randy Buehler? Stacy Longstreet? DAVE FREAKIN' NOONAN? I think I recall reading things written by almost every one of those names during the 4E spoiler-scramble this time a year ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carmachu View Post
    Isnt this the second set of layoffs since 4e was released?
    Yeah, but don't forget that 4E had the misfortune to be launched on the cusp of the worst economic downturn in America since, what, 1990? It sucks, but I'll blame the economic conditions before the products.

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    Maybe FFG, but to what use would they put 'em?

    Hopefully, since these layoffs are well-known to be cyclical, they already have plans for where to go next.

    Game designers and the online gaming people could probably try to step out of the RPG business and work for companies like Disney...anyone that has marketing tie-ins with their products, online games based around popular series, etc.

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