The industry will be fine, even 5.5E. Maybe a few lost sales but honestly I think it’s great for other producers and game systems to get some love.
A D&D crash would take out many FLGS as collateral damage. The loss of sales on core books would tip some them over the edge of viability. I don't know how important FLGS are in today's US market - they're now quite rare in the UK and people here have learned to cope without them - but they could well shrink a lot.WotC and D&D crashing and burning would suck for their fans, but would have basically no real negative impact on the industry. Quite the opposite. Once D&D is not longer strangling the life out of the industry other games will be able to flourish.
The advantage is clearly with ORC. By this time next year, even if WoTC keeps the OGL 1.0, ORC will be the only other go-to system.
Alternatively, shops could flourish without D&D. You assume that all those sales are D&D or nothing so no D&D, no sales. Not true. The people into RPGs would simply buy other RPGs. The people new to RPGs would come in and talk to the shop workers and get recommendations if they didn’t already gave something in mind.A D&D crash would take out many FLGS as collateral damage. The loss of sales on core books would tip some them over the edge of viability. I don't know how important FLGS are in today's US market - they're now quite rare in the UK and people here have learned to cope without them - but they could well shrink a lot.
That wasn't the problem. If they'd just done that, it would be like how they put 4e under the GSL instead of the OGL.Am I right in thinking that Hasbro can come out with a 6e and then revise the OGL to what they want. This will force people to play with the old edition and keep the OGL1.0 or change to the new OGL if they want to keep 6e players. I am guessing that ORC will only allow people to play and develop 5e things based off the 5e SRD.
Or for Pathfinder, or 13th Age, or the OSR. It's not just about 5E.That wasn't the problem. If they'd just done that, it would be like how they put 4e under the GSL instead of the OGL.
But this new license is attempting to claim that NO ONE can publish more content for previous versions of the OGL, because they are "no longer authorized." Which is a problem for any company that wants to play and develop things stuff based off the 5e SRD. THAT'S the crux of the problem.
Funny enough, I’ve already done all of this for Bugbears &Borderlands lol. The original OGL version did have spell slots, but in the process of de-OGLing it, I went to spell points instead. But it’s always used a bonus instead of ability score, capped at level 10, and streamlined equipment lists (among other things)I could see these new systems/heartbreakers ditching some of the legacy elements of dnd such as
- derived ability bonus (i.e. when a 16 actually means a +3, etc)
- spell slots
- detailed equipment lists and treasure rewards for more heroic fantasy games
- 1-20 level range (some will cap at 10, some will go past 20).