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    OGL WotC's growing pattern of broken promises

    Another case where a link would be nice. When did they promise that?
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    OGL WotC's growing pattern of broken promises

    There's a lot of arguments for that (EDIT to clarify: for keeping OGL 1.0a). Promissory estoppel probably doesn't crack the top 5, even from a strictly legal perspective, let alone ethically. But I think I do see what you're getting at for all that. Also, I'd be extremely surprised (and...
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    OGL WotC's growing pattern of broken promises

    I think you mean estoppel, and the problem with that is, who exactly would the complainant be? Not most of their current audience or even most collectors, who have seen prices go up due to reprints in many cases due to increased demand. In the very common case of once-in-demand cards that are...
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    OGL WotC's growing pattern of broken promises

    That's a completely different thing in that Reserved List is a rule the overwhelming majority of their audience doesn't want them to honour. This wasn't the way to do it but frankly, that's one promise they should tear up. Unfortunately there seems to be some (actual or perceived) legal issue...
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    OGL 95% of you didn't need the OGL and you don't need ORC

    For the same reason he produced the OP, which is, to be as charitable as possible, poor reading comprehension. He was ostensibly responding to arguments against his take that the OGL was some kind of trick to drive people to DM's Guild. There are many reasons that have been brought up why this...
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    OGL WotC Walks Back Some OGL Changes, But Not All

    Well, it achieved that.
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    OGL Paizo Announces New Irrevocable Open RPG License To Replace the OGL

    First of all, NDAs often contain restrictions on doing that. Second, that's not what they said. They said they're waiting for "further information" and "an answer". They don't say they haven't had any discussions and they don't say anything like "about these rumors" - that's a substantial...
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    OGL Paizo Announces New Irrevocable Open RPG License To Replace the OGL

    That their hands are tied in that respect by an NDA, but that enough is now public that they can comment based on that without violating said NDA.
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    OGL Paizo Announces New Irrevocable Open RPG License To Replace the OGL

    It's really the only way to go if they want to future-proof this thing. After the events of the last few weeks people are going to want as much assurance as humanly possible that they can't happen again.
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    OGL Rumours: WotC Announcement Today; Insider Email Reveals Plans

    I think you misunderstood the question, which was whether there would continue to be printed books as opposed to making D&D online-only.
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    OGL Ray Winninger comments on the OGL

    I suspect the thought process is closer to making the 2 mil, or ideally more like 4-5 mil, off 20,000 consumers - i.e. a larger, individually less invested group. The mass market, basically. Those 20k will naturally have little overlap with the original 1k, I mean they couldn't possibly make up...
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    OGL Ray Winninger comments on the OGL

    How? By what mechanism short of Hasbro ceasing to exist (not bloody likely) would this lead to Hasbro losing D&D?
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    OGL Battlezoo Shares The OGL v1.1

    On the one hand, my first instinct is to agree with this. But on the other, the purpose of most "legalese" is to be unambiguous in a way ordinary language often isn't. There's at least some movement - the lawyers here can perhaps speak to whether it's taken hold, all I know is that it exists -...
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    WotC Ex D&D Beyond Staffers Criticize Relationship With WotC

    I don't see the D&D brand being sold off unless Hasbro itself outright dies (which, granted, feels possible in a way it didn't a couple months ago - not likely, but possible). Hasbro would rather sit on the IP for a decade or two then bring it back as, I don't know, a line of action figures or...
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    RPG Freebies, Bundles, and Sales News (December 4, 2022)

    Huh. Well, in the one built into Firefox, whatever that may be, it's hot garbage. Or it's possible my download of it got corrupted somehow.
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    RPG Freebies, Bundles, and Sales News (December 4, 2022)

    The pdf preview for the Witcher RPG is really messed up. None of the text is readable. I don't mean I don't like the font, I mean it's literally not readable - it comes out as garbled placeholder thingies instead of text.
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    D&D General Best D&D Novels

    Dark Sun was probably the first thing I ever became curmudgeonly about. They created this setting with all these intriguing plot seeds DMs could do all sorts of things with, then in the first licensed series meant to introduce the setting to people they destroyed a huge chunk of them. Killing...
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    What book would you like to see become a movie/mini-series?

    I've been thinking about this as I read (parts of) the mammoth New Jedi Order series from the former Star Wars canon (what's now called Legends). Unfortunately it's unlikely to ever happen, not just because too many key people have aged out of the right range for it or outright died, but also...
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    Doctor Who: Jodie Whitaker’s last episode [spoilers]

    Whatever other problems this era may have, I don't think this contradicts anything in the established lore. (Not that that's been a high priority for any DW production team, outside maybe seasons 20-22 or so of the original series.) In fact, we've seen a previous instance of it, and it even...
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    Doctor Who: Jodie Whitaker’s last episode [spoilers]

    No question in my mind. I expect that to be a major plot element in his specials, or certainly in at least one of them.
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