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So how do we respond?

Friends, nerds, ENWorlders, lend me your ears;
I come to bury WotC, not to praise them.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with WotC.

- so sayeth Olgar

So while it's pretty clear that what's going on with WotC and the OGL is somewhat undefined, it sure looks to me like there's a chance of this being really, really nasty to consumers and a large part of the community if WotC's intent is really to nuke the OGL.

So how do we respond?

We have the power -- we are the gamers, the consumers. We are the court of public opinion. We have it in our power to praise or bury WotC for this action. What should we be doing, now, to influence WotC not to carry through with what it looks like they are going to do, and convince them that supporting and encouraging OGL1.0(a) is what the gaming world needs

I know EN World is a tiny minority of the RPG space, most of whom don't have a clue about this situation. But I don't think "wait and see" is the answer here. We shouldn't be waiting for WotC to revoke the OGL and then wail and beat our breasts and then try to reverse them -- we should be actively trying to achieve deterrence now.

So what should our actions be? Immediately stop buying products, boycott WotC events, shun the D&D movie, buy 3PP products instead, ignore content creators who stick to D&D products in favor of those supporting other game systems or OGL derivatives, go back to OD&D 1974 with diaglo ... what? What say you?

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As of now I'm in a wait and see, so I'll stay with 5e unless there's a change. The last survey I did take the opportunity to stress the importance of the OGL situation in the last comment section.


Make noise.

That's what matters above all. Make Wizards know that you are unhappy. Loudly, repeatedly, in channels they will see. (There's a 1D&D playtest survey up right now where you can enter text responses; filling it with angry comments could start them worrying about their big upcoming release.) Tell other people and get them making noise too.

If you aren't making noise, you won't be heard.

Boycotting is good too. But, again, make sure they know why. If you cancel your DDB subscription, be sure to say why you're doing it.

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