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    WotC Layoffs - Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, and Chris Sims

    An anonymous source tells me that WotC had it's pre-Christmas layoffs yesterday - and that Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, and Chris Sims were among the casualties.

    Please treat this as rumour until confirmed, although the source is one I trust.

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    Given what has happened in the past this is sadly not shocking.

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    Any word on whether these gentlemen will be replaced with new full-time hires, or is their workload being taken over by freelancers?

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    I suppose they use dice to determine who goes?

    And why pre-Christmas? Note that there is any good time for it, but why Christmas exactly? Do they avoid giving some Christmas bonus? Or because they already got one?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustrum_Ridcully View Post
    And why pre-Christmas?
    I would guess that the WotC fiscal year matches or is close to the calendar year - this timing would then give them a couple of weeks to do knowledge transfer, and get the people off the books before the end of the fiscal year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umbran View Post
    I would guess that the WotC fiscal year matches or is close to the calendar year - this timing would then give them a couple of weeks to do knowledge transfer, and get the people off the books before the end of the fiscal year.
    For last year's 10-K filed by Hasbro, it represents the fiscal year that ended on December 28, 2008.

    HASBRO INC 10-K (Annual Reports) 2009-02-25

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umbran View Post
    I would guess that the WotC fiscal year matches or is close to the calendar year - this timing would then give them a couple of weeks to do knowledge transfer, and get the people off the books before the end of the fiscal year.
    And before year-end bonuses.

    This has happened several times in the past. Some have gone on to be WotC freelancers, some have moved on to other ventures.

    Of course, I'm still shocked that Jeff Grubb is gone.

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    I suppose they use dice to determine who goes?

    And why pre-Christmas? Note that there is any good time for it, but why Christmas exactly? Do they avoid giving some Christmas bonus? Or because they already got one?
    Probably because the Christmas season is the absolutely most important season for a toy/game company like Hasbro. Once the retailer pre-orders are in for the season, it's time to cut down until it is time to gear up again for next year's season.

    And similarly, since it is those pre-orders that make or break the year, it's also at that time that you can evaluate the year and decide on how high your stake for the next one is going to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuft View Post
    Probably because the Christmas season is the absolutely most important season for a toy/game company like Hasbro. Once the retailer pre-orders are in for the season, it's time to cut down until it is time to gear up again for next year's season.

    And similarly, since it is those pre-orders that make or break the year, it's also at that time that you can evaluate the year and decide on how high your stake for the next one is going to be.
    Wonder how well "black friday" turned out this year for Hasbro and other toy companies.

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    Most companies have to downsize now and again, but the trend at WoTC has not set right with me since just after 3rd edition launched and a lot of great people got cut out. Luckily, for these newest names, their time at WoTC often gives them enough clout within the industry to allow them to find or create work for themselves.

    I stopped collecting 4th Edition months ago, after having been a fan early on, and have no intention of playing again. I have a lot of reasons for that, but the way WoTC treats their talent... that was a factor for me. I'd rather not support a game or company that is run like that.

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