4 Hours w/ RSD

WotC VP until 2002, Ryan Dancey was the 'architect' of the Open Gaming License, oversaw WotC's acquisition of TSR, and was heavily involved with D&D's rebirth with 3rd Edition. In this column he talks about those times.


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