How long do we wait for WoTC to speak?

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To me it reads as if it (OGL 1.1) HAS to have been drafted primarily by in-house Hasbro lawyers with no external reputation to lose. Both the weird informal tone/fake mateyness, and that they must have been told "Find us SOME way to say the OGL 1.0's no longer valid".
My gut says in-house, but I have zero proof.



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Content already released under 1.0a will also remain unaffected. This means they are doubling down on the claim that they can rescind OGL 1.0 for future releases, despite the plain wording of OGL 1.0.
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At least for now.

We'll see how far they climb back up when the final one comes out, but they rule out royalties.

What it notably DOES NOT rule out is the deauthorization. Looks like they still want to do that. (Correct me if I'm wrong)

Yes, from what they say & don't say, they are still planning to declare OGL 1.0 invalid for future releases, despite the plain wording of OGL 1.0.

IMO it's not a climb down, it's a tactical adjustment. They want us to think 'we won' so we don't realise they still intend to destroy Open Gaming by de-authorising the OGL 1.0.


From the perspective of say Paizo, from what WoTC says now, Paizo's existing material can stay up, but they won't be allowed to publish anything new. That goes the same for say Basic Fantasy, or any other 3PP who uses the 3e SRD. If they do press ahead, this will still need to be fought in court.

It looks like with this announcement WoTC are hoping to pick off some weaker animals from the herd. But fundamentally:
1. They spent 22 years assuring everyone OGL 1.0 was irrevocable.
2. They now say they are revoking OGL 1.0.

So the strategic situation has not changed.


Paizo already publishes games that compete directly with WotC. I don't see how they are more of a commercial thread to WotC by ceasing to be licensed under the OGL, and instead putting their legal eggs into the non-copyright-infringement basket.

"Paizo already publishes games that compete directly with WotC."

and earlier
"WotC already competes with exciting games."

You are doing your damnedest to minimize this entire thing, aren't you?

Good luck with that.

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