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Gamer since 1982, co-designed Mutant Chronicles RPG, worked on Kult 2nd, wrote a few scenarios for Cyberpunk 2020, some MERP stuff and some other games no one outside Sweden has ever heard of. Currently doing interactive training and websites.
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Thursday, 23rd July, 2015

  • 11:03 PM - pemerton mentioned Maggan in post Who Makes WotC's Adventures?
    I agree with pedr on WotC communications: they have been pretty upfront about their publishing strategy, and their broader D&D strategy, and they seem to be implementing it. (Limited rules releases, FR-themed adventures, D&D video games, etc). And I agree with Maggan, Mistwell, Celtavian and occam on the writing thing: this is no different from the sort of freelancing that practically all RPG publishers have relied on for the whole history of the hobby. If freelance authorship counts as outsourcing then TSR was outsourcing with such classic modules as Pharaoh, Ravenloft and White Plume Mountain.

Friday, 6th March, 2015

  • 02:16 PM - Reynard mentioned Maggan in post Look What ED GREENWOOOD Is Doing! Forgotten Realms: The Unofficial, Non-Canon, Unlicensed, Utterly Unapproved 50-Year History!
    I have now counted the details of some D&D settings. In order of most details: Forgotten Realms has 351 632 details. Greyhawk has 289 774 details. Ravenloft has 245 113 details. Eberron has 121 782 details. Planescape has 99 999 details (I double checked that). So unless anyone else want to do a count, I say we'll go with these numbers. Take it from me, they are very correct. As correct as any mortal can count them, at least. /M Point oforder: you counted 3 Eberron details twice. It is understandable -- they were typos that seemed like additional details -- but frankly I expected more care, Maggan. Tsk.

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Wednesday, 19th September, 2018

  • 07:05 PM - Parmandur quoted Maggan in post 4 years of 5E on Amazon: same old same old
    Well, I will sleep better knowing that D&D is called out alongside Toilet Trouble in the corporation info. /M Gives a bit of perspective, doesn't it? Peak D&D is comparable to a toilet themed game aimed at small children (which is frankly, ingenious).

Thursday, 15th March, 2018

  • 05:57 PM - Jester David quoted Maggan in post Starfinder Outpaces Pathfinder In Fall 2017!
    I have a hard time thinking that Starfinder sold at "Pathfinder levels", so from this we might discern the motivation for a 2nd edition Pathfinder. Given this I think we can expect Pathfinder 2.0 to at least match or surpass Starfinder at launch, as fantasy most often sell better than SF. Then it becomes a question of staying power. As always with ICv2 ranking, the next one is always more interesting than the current one. New core rulebooks/ games do sell quite well, and Starfinder was a solid hit at GenCon. However, for most of the Fall, Starfinder only had a single book, compared to the dozens of Pathfinder books. Starfinder beating Pathfinder does mean that the combines sales of their back catalogue of two or three dozen accessories and splatbooks were selling less than a single core rulebook. Honestly, Pathfinder has probably been losing sales for a couple years. It's an older game that is only slowly attracting new players. That it continued to hold onto the #2 position really sa...
  • 04:01 PM - Alexander Kalinowski quoted Maggan in post Starfinder Outpaces Pathfinder In Fall 2017!
    Trend points to success if you have the word "Star" in your title. Well, the trend points towards well-established IPs which is a bit sad.
  • 03:07 PM - Morrus quoted Maggan in post Starfinder Outpaces Pathfinder In Fall 2017!
    I have a hard time thinking that Starfinder sold at "Pathfinder levels", so from this we might discern the motivation for a 2nd edition Pathfinder. Fastest moving product for Paizo ever at Gen Con 2017. I suspect you'll find it's just a blip - normally the new hotness hits positions #4 and #5 for a quarter then drops off, leaving #1-3 as D&D, PF, and SW. Because it's Paizo, this time it hit position #2. I'm willing to bet anything Pathfinder will be back at #2 next time -- but we'll see!

Monday, 12th March, 2018


Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 09:50 AM - Shasarak quoted Maggan in post Paizo Announces Pathfinder 2nd Edition!
    I wrote for Kult. I think that answers your question nicely. ;) Did you have the same problem with Kult of people not reading the descriptions?
  • 09:45 AM - Shasarak quoted Maggan in post Paizo Announces Pathfinder 2nd Edition!
    I believe that the point that the other posters are trying to get through is that they expected better from an RPG publisher. What happens at a table and what is suggested to happen at a table by the publisher through the rules of the game are two very different things. At least that's how I look at it. /M Maggan, would you allow that character to be played at your table? Or in fact any Demon/Devil/Daemon worshipping character?

Thursday, 30th November, 2017


Saturday, 11th November, 2017

  • 12:00 AM - dropbear8mybaby quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    Hey, gang. Can't we agree that giving WotC feedback on their current offering is a good thing to do? And not belittle those who choose to do so in a simple, rather non-offensive post? Sometimes people just need to vent. Cheers! /M If only that venting wasn't the thousandth post about the issue, then I wouldn't have a problem with it.

Friday, 10th November, 2017

  • 07:32 PM - Parmandur quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    I am aware of that fact. I am also aware of the fact that this has been the largest D&D fan site for many years, and that members from WotC frequent these boards, and often read fans opinions on how they relate to the game. In my opinion it is not too much of a stretch to post feedback here and hope that WotC might read it. /M WotC really doesn't frequent these haunts anymore, Twitter is going to be the best bet to reach them.
  • 06:38 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    Pulling the strings? A very dramatic reading of my posts, where I basically posit that WotC has input into the pricing structure of DnD Beyond. Is that such an alien idea that we have to bring in dramatic readings of my posts to discredit it? /M The 'input' is most likely only the licencing fee per sale. Curse, like Amazon (their ultimate parent company), is free to reduce their profit margin and sell cheaper. Honestly, the idea that WotC is structuring licenses in a way to protect book prices is completely negated by Amazon's pricing structure for those exact same books -- often almost 50% off retail for home delivery. Doesn't make a bit of sense for WotC to continue to distribute through Amazon while forcing digital partners to price to protect print prices. The cost is likely because its 1) similar to print prices, and 2) affords Curse a reasonable profit margin for an uncertain venture (these kinds of tools are pretty much brand new on the market). Further, the cost for th...
  • 05:59 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    What I'm thinking is that WotC wants to keep the PH, DMG and MM, and other digital books priced at about the same price as the physical books. My guess for why this is, is so that the digital books don't push the value of the physical books down, that is that people start expecting to pay less for the physical books. When D&D3 was released they priced the core books at 20 dollars each. I don't remember when or if they managed to raise the prices later, but I remember the discussions about the price of the corresponding 3.5 books, and questions as to why they were more expensive. So, this might be one explanation as to the prices of DnD Beyond, is basically my point. /M Only if you fundamentally misunderstand the economic realities in play. Let's say Curse does decide, contrary to all self-interest, to go bankrupt offering PHBs on their service for $1. They lose money hand over fist, sell a bunch of subscriptions to their service, and then fold. Everyone that bought that PHB f...
  • 05:28 PM - jaelis quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    Well, yes, because then the value of the PH is 1 dollar, while the cost for producing it is, I dunno, let's say 10 dollar for discussion sake. So the PH then becomes a losing proposition for WotC, and they would shut the game down. But my reasoning about this is hypothetical in the extreme, so it might not be a very relevant tangent to pursue. /M Is your idea that if Curse offers it for $1 but still pays WotC whatever, $10, then after Curse goes out of business WotC will somehow be forced to keep selling it for $1? I would not not have said that was the case. If you buy a thousand PHBs on Amazon and sell them all for a dollar each, nothing forces Amazon to change their price to $1 going forward.
  • 05:13 PM - jaelis quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    Because it would establish the value of a digital version of the PH at 1 dollar. And that could be very bad in the long term for WotC. And if you were selling physical copies for $1 it would also be bad? I don't get it.
  • 05:09 PM - lowkey13 quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    So how would WotC safeguard against Curse dumping the price to 1 dollar for the PH, for example? EDIT: Well, except for Curse going bankrupt. /M I think that @Mistwell is confusing doctrines involving retailers / resellers with licenses.* If Curse were selling PHBs, they could sell them for whatever price they wanted to, including $1 (and take a bath on it). However, a license could have a provision requiring a royalty rate of either $X per unit or X% of profits, whichever is greater. Or it could have a hybrid provision ($X per unit, +X% of net etc.). I am assuming that counsel for Amazon/Twitch and WoTC/Hasbro is familiar with drafting these types of agreements, and they lack a provision stating, "And Licensee may sell the product for $1 if, at Licensee's sole discretion, Licensee believes enough anonymous internet commenters have complained indirectly on websites not affiliated with either Licensor or Licensee." *EDIT- this confusion might be because of the ebook thing with Amazon; ...
  • 05:05 PM - Mistwell quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    I hate talking on the phone, so I might try the bottle thing. Or I might find it more comfortable voicing my opinion amongst a gathering of like minded, and maybe if enough people would think like me, I would add to their voices. /M So Facebook? Or even Reddit? This really is literally one of the worst methods available to you.
  • 05:02 PM - Mistwell quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    So how would WotC safeguard against Curse dumping the price to 1 dollar for the PH, for example? /M They may not. Curse would take a bath on their license fees to WOTC (they still pay WOTC for each sale, probably around $25 or so), and could face an unfair competition claim from Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds perhaps for predatory pricing, but WOTC may not control the price. All they can do is charge them whatever the per-sale fee they get in the contract. Curse remains an independent company and sets their own prices.
  • 05:01 PM - jaelis quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    So how would WotC safeguard against Curse dumping the price to 1 dollar for the PH, for example? EDIT: Well, except for Curse going bankrupt. /M Why would WotC care if they did? No doubt they get some fixed payment for each subscription sold. If Curse wants to go bankrupt paying it then I guess WotC isn't being injured. Heh nothing stops you from buying a bunch of PHBs and reselling them for $1 either ;)
  • 04:59 PM - Mistwell quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    Hope springs eternal. /M If you want to contact someone, which method do you think is best: 1) call them on the phone directly, or 2) put a message in a bottle, and hope the bottle some day happens to find itself in the hands of the person you're trying to contact?
  • 04:56 PM - Mistwell quoted Maggan in post What D&D Beyond should have been.
    Just a small detail ... the above, I am not so sure of. I think WotC could very well decide on a minimum price, so as not to devalue their books, and draw too much sales from them. And then Curse would work with that minimum price to see if they can make their business work or if they would have to charge more. Which could be what you're thinking of when you write "subject to some contractual requirements"? /M In the U.S. (and this is a product originating as a U.S, product) the only thing the licensensor may set is a "Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price" (MSRP). They may not fix the price.


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