If you choose to boycott WOTC you will hurt 3P creators in the process.
No, it won't. If you want to keep making this argument, then you need to show some receipts.
The amount of money that WotC loses from any hypothetical boycott by my own person as well as the nebulous amount that a nebulous collective sum of 3pp would have gained from that action is financially negligible in comparison to the amount that actual
3pp gain by me directly supporting the 3pp that I like. Dollar for dollar or Euro for Euro, the 3pp who I want to support disproportionately gain far more
from my direct support than they lose from any hypothetical boycott of WotC by me. I do far more to help the 3pp I like to light their homes by spending my limited funds on them rather than WotC.
There will always be people who will throw money at WotC for everything. WotC gets their greatest financial support from their investors, whales, and bootlickers. Not from people like me. If I boycotted them, I would not even be a blip on their radar. They don't care. I am Outis. I am Nemo. I'm not even their target demographic anymore, and I'm okay with that. My money goes to products and creators that I want to support. WotC isn't entitled to that money. Thankfully, the healthy growth of the tabletop hobby does not hinge on my support for WotC. It doesn't even hinge on my support for 5e. It doesn't hinge on me at all. I am a hobbyist who chooses to buy what I want for reasons that are my own.
However, I know from experience talking with third party publishers that it means a great deal to them when you support them directly. That is how I choose to grow the TTRPG market, by investing in and buying from 3pp directly. By spending money on WotC's competitors. By spending money on the publishers, designers, and content creators who are making the content that I actually enjoy and want to use. If you want to help 3pp grow in the way you see best, then you are welcome to give WotC even more money on your own dime. Give WotC all the money that you think that I should have spent on WotC instead of the 3pp whose products I prefer
buying. Every time that anyone here chooses not to buy a product from WotC, we will let you know so you can help directly sponsor this Fortune 500-backed brand by buying that WotC product in our stead.
Yet you are doing exactly that in this post. As a point of fact, right here in this post you are using words like "manipulation" to challenge my logic, That is factually gaslighting.
Identifying when someone is gaslighting me and others in this thread is factually speaking not
Look on this very forum at theposts from a month ago. People pointed out, very correctly, that the OGL helped WOTC, was responsible for its growth and the growth of the entire community. We grew together! Without that we will all suffer together.
Ryan Dancey helped engineer the OGL, in part, so that the TTRPG hobby would never need WotC or TSR or any singular company to carry the torch for D&D. Now that 5e is CC and ORC is on the way, we have even less reason to support WotC than before, and our need to support WotC will only become less and less as a result of Level Up, Kobold Press's Black Flag, and many other games out there that will keep 5e alive. And when WotC moves on from 5e to make content for One D&D, then these 3pp can still make content for 5e. If your desire is genuinely in support of keeping the growth of 5e as a game alive, then you will hopefully be giving 3pp money rather than One D&D. 3pp can continue making products for those games without any of us giving money to WotC. There are other ways to grow this hobby than giving WotC money.