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    Friday, 24 April, 2009

    • My phone call with Creg Leeds EN World member Brix enjoyed a telephone conversation with WotC president Greg Leeds this week. He was offered a chance to speak directly to Greg after his email to WotC regarding the recent PDF piracy issues was forwarded to the president. Here's what he has to say:

    Well. I had my phone call with <acronym title="Wizards of the Coast">WotC</acronym> president Greg Leeds. Greg was very polite one the phone given the fact that my initial email to Hasbro was kind of 'heated'.

    To put it short, here are the main points as far as I can remember them. Note that these are my own words, as I could not record the phone call
    • My (and your) voice was heard.
    • Wizards is happy with the <acronym title="D&D 4th Edition">4E</acronym> sales. Wizards is even fine with the fact that a fraction of the gamers went to Paizo. As long as everybody plays D&D that's fine.
    • The negative voices on the message boards don't reflect the sales numbers of <acronym title="D&D 4th Edition">4E</acronym> which is going strong
    • Wizards can't make anybody happy.
    • Wizards tries to evolve the game every ten years or so. Greg compared it to bands that change their style over the years, and thus loose old fans and get some new fans. But in the end Wizards hope to get everyone back.
    • Wizards will not resume pdf sales in the same way they did before. Obviously Wizards believes that there are possibilities to sale electronic content that is mostly pirate-proof.
    • Wizards will not support <acronym title="D&D 3rd Edition">3E</acronym> parallel to <acronym title="D&D 4th Edition">4E</acronym>.
    • But (and now for the big news) Wizards is looking for ways to publish old (i.e. pre <acronym title="D&D 4th Edition">4E</acronym> Realms) contents in form of electronic media.

    Of course there are not many surprises. It was a nice gesture from Greg Leeds to respond to a single disappointed fan this. However he said, that they will look into the suggestions that were given to them by us.

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