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Rumours: WotC Announcement Today; Insider Email Reveals Plans

There's a couple of rumours going round today. I cannot verify either, but I'm reporting them as most of the recent OGL rumours have proven true. First -- it is rumoured that today at 3pm ET Wizards of the Coast will make some kind of video statement about the current Open Game License situation. This rumour came from the folks at Roll For Combat who were the first to break the draft OGL...

There's a couple of rumours going round today. I cannot verify either, but I'm reporting them as most of the recent OGL rumours have proven true.

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First -- it is rumoured that today at 3pm ET Wizards of the Coast will make some kind of video statement about the current Open Game License situation. This rumour came from the folks at Roll For Combat who were the first to break the draft OGL scoop.

[[UPDATE -- This didn't happen!]]

Second -- an email has been circulating from an anonymous WotC insider. Again, I must reiterate I cannot myself verify this, so read this with that in mind, but the email says:

Hi,

I'm an employee at WotC currently working on D&Dbeyond (DDB) and with D&D business leaders on the health of the product line. If you want I can provide proof of this.

I'm sending this message because I fear for the health of a community I love, and I know what the leaders at WOTC are looking at:

-They are briefly delaying rollout of OGL changes due to the backlash.
-Their decision making is based entirely on the provable impact to their bottom line.
-Specifically they are looking at DDB subscriptions and cancellations as it is the quickest financial data they currently have.
-They are still hoping the community forgets, moves on, and they can still push this through.

I have decided to reach out because at my time in WotC I have never once heard management refer to customers in a positive manner, their communication gives me the impression they see customers as obstacles between them and their money, the DDB team was first told to prepare to support the new OGL changes and online portal when they got back from the holidays, and leadership doesn't take any responsibility for the pain and stress they cause others. Leadership's first communication to the rank and file on the OGL was 30 minutes on 1/11/23, This was the first time they even tried to communicate their intentions about the OGL to employees, and even in this meeting they blamed the community for over-reacting.

I will repeat, the main thing this leadership is looking at is DDB subscription cancellations.

Hope your day goes well,

P.S. I will be copying and pasting this message to other community leaders.


If both rumours are true, I guess at 3pm ET today we'll find that out.
 

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Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Oh. Gotcha. Yes, people came back when D&D returned to its roots. I still contend the GSL was less important a thing that 4E being controversial. Currently, 1D&D is not controversial. it's barely a change. the issue here is the OGL. But sure, if in 5 years there was new leadership and they re-embraced the OGL or some form of true Open Gaming, people would return. But I am also not convinced there will be a major exodus relative to the size of the current player base. People are mad, but they also want to play D&D.
Yeah, it was an entirely different situation than the one we find ourselves in now.
 







mamba

Legend
The 80s was pretty recent. That’s one of the most insidious things about capitalism, it has managed to convince people that it’s some kind of natural law, rather than a system, created by people, in only the last 300 years or so. Things have, in fact, not always been this way, and they don’t have to be this way forever.
capitalism has existed since we invented money, in fact before that even, there is nothing recent about it
 

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