OGL OGL-Gate & Mainstream Media: The Guardian Weighs In

Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Yaarel

Mind Mage
The reason why Hasbro-WotC is silent is they have zero intention to end the Anti-OGL. The Anti-OGL went into effect today, January 13. Possibly some companies have signed it, such as Kickstarter.

The plan of Hasbro-WotC is to start litigating.

We will see if the protests give pause.

But Hasbro-WotC is dead serious about the Anti-OGL.
 

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The news has been picked up by a business newsmagazine in Italy:
Wow this is getting huge

It's spiralling out of control and the longer it takes to put this fire out, that bigger the blaze gets and the more higher up folks get burned.
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
As of today, January 13, the Anti-OGL went into effect. In the opinion of Hasbro-WotC,

the OGL 1.0a no longer exists.

The legal battles have begun.

Part of the reason for the silence of Hasbro-WotC is waiting for the Anti-OGL to come online.
 

As of today, January 13, the Anti-OGL went into effect. In the opinion of Hasbro-WotC,

the OGL 1.0a no longer exists.

The legal battles have begun.

Part of the reason for the silence of Hasbro-WotC is waiting for the Anti-OGL to come online.

Except 1.1 was never actually released, OGL 1.1 is dead, they now have an OGL 2.0, but the stopped from releasing at like the last minute because of the backlash which has only gotten worse.

I do agree with you WotC was very committed to this idea because they know if they don't get rid of OGL 1.0a and they put One D&D on a seperate more punishing OGL (in name only) then One D&D will be dead on arrival, and the new OGL is key to what they THINK will monetize D&D, so these foolish exective got themselves caught in a bind as I think this was key to most of their monetization plans. Instead this is spiralling out if control and they basically burned decades of community building and reputation building to the ground.

Still at some point they have to admit failure, but by then folks will likely be losing their jobs.
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
Except 1.1 was never actually released, OGL 1.1 is dead, they now have an OGL 2.0, but the stopped from releasing at like the last minute because of the backlash which has only gotten worse.

I do agree with you WotC was very committed to this idea because they know if they don't get rid of OGL 1.0a and they put One D&D on a seperate more punishing OGL (in name only) then One D&D will be dead on arrival, and the new OGL is key to what they THINK will monetize D&D, so these foolish exective got themselves caught in a bind as I think this was key to most of their monetization plans. Instead this is spiralling out if control and they basically burned decades of community building and reputation building to the ground.

Still at some point they have to admit failure, but by then folks will likely be losing their jobs.
Hasbro-WotC released the Anti-OGL, with NDAs for people to sign. Apparently some did sign it.

The Anti-OGL is now in effect!


The mainly irrelevant adjustments (that were indefensible anyway), to a future version of it, havent actually happened yet.
 




Setting the OGL controversy aside, it is often adorable when mainstream media outlets cover our hobby and misunderstand half of what they are talking about. Never change, guys. Never change.
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Pedantic Grognard
Setting the OGL controversy aside, it is often adorable when mainstream media outlets cover our hobby and misunderstand half of what they are talking about. Never change, guys. Never change.
Advice -- don't assume that level of misunderstanding applies only to "our hobby".
 

Hasbro-WotC released the Anti-OGL, with NDAs for people to sign. Apparently some did sign it.

The Anti-OGL is now in effect!


The mainly irrelevant adjustments (that were indefensible anyway), to a future version of it, havent actually happened yet.

They showed a possible draft version of the anti-ogl to people and got them to sign NDAs for feed back, that is not the same as an official release or it going into effect, it's not in effect, OGL 1.0a is still very much alive.

OGL 1.1 and OGL 2.0 are dead, WotC basically admitted that and now they are scrambling to fine something of this they can salvage so have something they can go to the board with other then scandals and decades of community building burnt to the ground in less than a month. It won't work, anti-ogl and maybe any kind of new OGL now is just to toxic to salvage and the longer they keep trying the more damage they do to the brand, Hasbro and their own job security.
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
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Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Looks like Hasbro stock is not doing so well today....

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(Ignore all the portuguese, I'm to lazy to open google in english)
Unless someone else mentioned it this thread already, you heard it here first, my prediction is Chris Cocks is gone by May :.-( Whether Cynthia Williams precedes him or soon after him, I don't know.

Too bad - Chris Cocks iirc had actually played MtG and DnD and even Avalon Hill games, so he was "one of us" from a nerd perspective
 

Abstruse

Legend
And MSN shoehorned in a bit about the OGL into a larger article about upcoming fantasy film and television, directly linking the controversy to Honor Among Thieves (likely the last thing that Wizards wants) with a screenshot from the trailer.
Hasbro, the overarching company behind mega-popular tabletop fantasy Dungeons and Dragons, is cracking down on third-party creators, and people aren’t pleased. In the past, outside creators have largely been free to make a profit from their entirely original DnD content, but Hasbro aims to change that. This decision led to instant backlash and the rise of a popular petition aiming to sue Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast in an effort to maintain creator rights. The petition has already collected nearly 1,000 signatures, and more are flooding in by the minute.
 

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