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    Monte Cook is Leaving WotC, Again

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    Last week I decided that I would leave my contract position with Wizards of the Coast. I am no longer working on Dungeons & Dragons, although I may provide occasional consultation in the future. My decision is one based on differences of opinion with the company. However, I want to take this time to stress that my differences were not with my fellow designers, Rob Schwalb and Bruce Cordell. I enjoyed every moment of working with them over the past year. I have faith that they'll create a fun game. I'm rooting for them.
    There is more at the link.

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    will be interesting to find out what happened, maybe a difference of where he wanted DNDnext to go

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    My first thought is that this has to do with SRD. Or, rather, the lack thereof.

    I hope not, but that's my gut instinct.

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    Well this will make an interesting day on the DND internets

    That's pretty big news

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    Interest in 5e now waning.

    To elaborate, I've enjoyed almost everything Cook has done. The others...less so.
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    He did point out that it isn't over design issues, so I'm keeping the faith that D&D is headed in the right direction. Still, it is troubling.

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    Also, I just happened to refresh twitter right after he posted this. Seriously. I'm not stalking anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaumaturge View Post
    He did point out that it isn't over design issues, so I'm keeping the faith that D&D is headed in the right direction. Still, it is troubling.

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    Read it again. He doesn't say it isn't over design, just that it was a disagreement with the company and not the designers. wOTC ciuld have handed him a design decision he disliked. So it is entirely possible he left because of the direction of the game itself (though anything now ispure speculation).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bedrockgames View Post
    So it is entirely possible he left because of the direction of the game itself (though anything now ispure speculation).
    That's a good point. If, as an obvious hypothetical, he was told Ponies and Transformers had to be core races, that's a design issue, but not a problem with his fellow designers.

    It could be any number of things, and we may not know for years or ever.

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    Edit: Or, you know, Piratecat could tell us a good possibility the post before mine. Whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bedrockgames View Post
    Read it again. He doesn't say it isn't over design, just that it was a disagreement with the company and not the designers. wOTC ciuld have handed him a design decision he disliked. So it is entirely possible he left because of the direction of the game itself (though anything now ispure speculation).
    Doubtful.

    I'm guessing if anything it's some sort of company policy.

    Possibly that anything he does while there is considered property of WoTC, so his other stuff like Dungeon a Day, and Malhavoc stuff, and possibly book deals, would be owned by WoTC.

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    My understanding is that the full time corporate environment within WotC is challenging. Monte's been his own boss for ages. It's hard to go back into an environment with a lot more bureaucracy. He's a great guy; I wish him the best.

    That said, I'll caution people not to jump to conclusions either positive or negative about this, or why he's leaving. We all tend to put our own spin on this sort of thing, because we see it confirming our worst fears or our best hopes. One thing is mandatory, please: do not use this news as an excuse to level personal insults at Cook or any other member of the team. Opinions are fine, cheap shots never are.
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