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    If WotC is outsourcing official 5E material to 3PP, What is WotC working on?

    Kobold Press did (the writing for) Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat. Sasquatch Game Studio is doing the Elemental Evil books; to me, this means WotC's writting staff must be busy with something else. What could that be?

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    WotC is a small operation these days, much smaller than what everybody think.
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    They're busy writing story bibles, working on options like the Battlesystem mass combat module, overseeing the production of the content they've contracted out, and so on. They're probably also busy reviewing the core rules in anticipation of their first rule review survey at the moment.
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    I wonder if they're working on ideas that could be thrown to screenwriters in the event that WotC secures the movie rights? That may even be considered part of the work they're doing on story bibles.

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    Monster Manual 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapnZapp View Post
    WotC is a small operation these days, much smaller than what everybody think.
    What was it the last time we got an update? 15 or 16 people half of whom are working on the licensing side of things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beleriphon View Post
    What was it the last time we got an update? 15 or 16 people half of whom are working on the licensing side of things?
    That's what i remember hearing. Trapdoor Games was at least AS large or bigger staff-wise than WotC.

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    Mearls said that they were taking a break after the DMG was done, but they'd get working on things in the new year.

    On their table, of course is the following:

    1.) Legends & Lore columns for Battlesystem, races, and other cut material
    2.) Fan-kit and/or OGL
    3.) Coordinating the Elemental Evil storyline release in March
    4.) The next set super-secret rule book (Forgotten Realms campaign guide, etc) for Gen-Con release
    5.) Story Bibles for future adventure paths
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    Cooking up licenses for more companies?

    Ive always maintained that the profit margin for WotC in the D&D brand lies not within the game sales itself - thats peanuts compared to other gamelines these days - but in the spinoffs. These could be boardgames, miniatures, cards, books, online games, TV shows and movies possibly.

    In my view, if they get it right, they should go back to the idea of an open source license - but more stridently controlled than 3E, so that 3rd parties strictly write D&D adventures and settings rather than effectively create their own gamelines and alternative rules. WotC could produce some official adventure paths or classic settings (Forgotten Realms, Ebberon, Dark Sun, etc) occasionally, but otherwise just keep promoting the sales of the 3 core rule books to new markets brought about by increasing brand awareness from things like books, TV shows and movies.

    We dont want rules bloat in this new edition, if possible, so having Players Handbook 2, 3, 4..etc, would be a major, major turn off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Remathilis View Post
    Mearls said that they were taking a break after the DMG was done, but they'd get working on things in the new year.

    On their table, of course is the following:

    1.) Legends & Lore columns for Battlesystem, races, and other cut material
    2.) Fan-kit and/or OGL
    3.) Coordinating the Elemental Evil storyline release in March
    4.) The next set super-secret rule book (Forgotten Realms campaign guide, etc) for Gen-Con release
    5.) Story Bibles for future adventure paths
    I think they have basically confirmed everything but 4. And if there is one, it could be a setting or monster book (or both, I suppose).

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