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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:12 AM #91
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
While he might be "no longer working on Dungeons & Dragons" we don't know if he might be finishing out his two week notice sharpening pencils. Still, I am guessing this decision has actually been coming for some time, since the change over in the L&L articles. He came on board last September, IIRC, about six months ago, so a six month contract seems likely. It might also explain why after the L&L articles were shifted away from him he stayed around this long.
There are obviously different ideas of the way the fifth edition should be built. Anyone reading the WotC articles and blogs can see they haven't (up to this point) settled on one direction. But now they are at a point where they need to build the new edition in a more serious way, with much more direction, for the subsequent playtesting to have any real use for the designers going forward.
If, as I speculate, he wanted to go with the OGL and make full use of all the great design ideas that has generated over the last decade+, and management was opposed to doing so, then that would be a very good reason to walk. It might even be that they brought Monte on board because they wanted his OGC without having to use the OGL, because that is one way around it as would be buying it outright, and maybe Monte didn't want to give up the IP but would have been fine using it under the OGL and even expanding on it, because it would remain either his or OGC. We may never know but these are certainly plausible scenarios.
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:20 AM #92
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Again, I am not saying that Monte did not give 2 weeks notice. What I am saying is that I do not have enough information to assume I know what is going on.
One thing I do want to point out is that you suggest that it was probably coming and the L&L shift was when WotC maybe decided on a direction; I think that could be possible, but that would be information I would want to actually have from a reliable source, not something I would want to assume.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:22 AM #93
Orcus on an Off-Day (Lvl 22)
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:23 AM #94
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:29 AM #95
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Somebody else said it could have been a six month contract, that then Monte didn't want to renew; that would explain everything true.
Again, I am not saying Monte failed to give notice. Just that if one of my colleagues put out a post like that, my first step to understanding the information would be to go to a friend still in to the organization and ask "whafu?"
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:38 AM #96
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
When one of the 3-5 people running a project quits, that not usually a good sign. Just speaking from years of experience on projects....Some of the comments in this thread make me sad for the community, but I'm not surprised by them.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:41 AM #97
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Well, that happens to be in error as line-by-line was pointed out earlier in this thread directly to you, though perhaps you haven't read that yet. Nothing he says is speculative or unclear. He is leaving. He says it is not because of Rob Schwalb and Bruce Cordell. He says he has had disagreements with WotC. An NDA prevents him from saying more at this time though he wouldn't probably say anymore anyway because he doesn't like drama. None of this is speculation or in need of verification. None of it requires the other side of the story. Perhaps you didn't read his anouncement very closely?
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:42 AM #98
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
Designing D&D 5E is about the most prestigious spot an RPG developer could be in right now. So it must have been something pretty significant, maybe disagreement over the direction or some feature that we won't find out about for months. I could see this relating to the OGL, as keener observers have speculated.
But we only get a tiny window into the full breadth of WotC's internal going-ons, so who knows . . .
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:47 AM #99
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
To me the biggest shame of this is that it is going to open the door to an endless pattern of "woulda coulda shoulda".
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 12:48 AM #100
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Just popping into this thread to wish Monte all the best and looking forward to seeing what he does next. He has not deserved the vitriol he has received from a specific section of the D&D community.
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