[UPDATED] Sean K Reynolds just rehired by WotC



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He's an opinionated bald man, why can't we slam him?

On a different tack: This is the thread *about* him joining the team, is it not? Wouldn't it be considered inappropriate to create a separate thread to talk about what this might mean? And if this IS the thread for talking about what his hiring might mean, how can we do that without discussing his opinions, past and present, which inherently will include some personal perspective on those opinions?
 


Henrix

Explorer
This must be good news.

Frankly I do think the D&D team needs help, and SKR has done a lot of good things.


Not that the current crew isn't doing good things, but it seems to me that they are stumbling around a bit, and need to do more to keep customers happy.
 

Astrosicebear

First Post
Why is no one addressing the elephant sitting in the corner?

SKR is a great guy and excellent author and designer... but....

in order to make it easier for WotC and licensors to make stuff."

Licensors??? Looks like the basic game will be OGL folks while if you want the whole kit and kaboodle, you gotta PAY UP!
 

delericho

Legend
Licensors??? Looks like the basic game will be OGL folks while if you want the whole kit and kaboodle, you gotta PAY UP!

More importantly, a 'licensor' would be someone who grants a license. So, who are WotC going to licensing from?

:)

(And yes, I know he meant 'licensee'. Hence the smiley.)
 

delericho

Legend
On topic: Glad to see WotC hiring back someone with obvious experience in the field. Hope things work out for both them and SKR.
 

Wicht

Hero
I figure Sean will do well there.

Isn't it sorta funny though how the wheel turns. I wonder how many other former Paizo employees are going to find employment with WotC. ;)
 

Astrosicebear

First Post
More importantly, a 'licensor' would be someone who grants a license. So, who are WotC going to licensing from?

:)

(And yes, I know he meant 'licensee'. Hence the smiley.)


I figured as well, but now that Im thinking about it, it had to be a mistake. WOTC wouldnt license whole IP's out to say Kobold... and even if they did they would still be licensee now licensor. The only way would be WOTC outsourcing say FR to say Green Ronin, who BUYS FR as the sole Licensor... who then can publish material for it while paying a royalty to WOTC in perpetuity. Not sure how that makes sense for them to do...
 




CapnZapp

Legend
Why is no one addressing the elephant sitting in the corner?

SKR is a great guy and excellent author and designer... but....



Licensors??? Looks like the basic game will be OGL folks while if you want the whole kit and kaboodle, you gotta PAY UP!
Hasn't this been obvious for some while now?

Either create your support material for D&D Basic, or pay a license fee to be able to reference all the rest.

This is probably what WotC hopes let's them eat the cake while having it too. That is, being able to say they support fan material and stuff that's necessary but not profitable (ie. adventures) while still keeping others from making money on the stuff they rather would keep for themselves: the core supplements "everybody" buys (ie. character "power-up" books).
 

Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
I'm not sure I understand the confusion. The video games, the minis, the comics, the board games, the VTT, are produced under licensed by third parties. The APs, so far, have been produced by WotC who contracted third parties to work for them, but not under a license. Only the core books have been made in house.

From what SKR said, it seems he will help third parties have the correct story/lore/fluff when they make their licensed products. Since no RPG content as been made under license, so far, there are no reasons to believe WotC will start doing so and that licenses will replace the OGL.
 
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neobolts

Explorer
I'm not sure I understand the confusion. The video games, the minis, the comics, the board games, the VTT, are produced under licensed by third parties.

This is what he is probably working on. Things like Sword Coast Legends and the virtual tabletop could certainly benefit from a lore guru to help them along the way. Plus any unannounced projects that might need a "reference desk" as well.
 

Henrix

Explorer
The D20 license was, surprisingly, a license.

As is the Open Gaming License.

License does not mean that you have to pay, but that you have permission.

The word 'licensor' does not hint at anything we did not know.


That said I don't think we'll see a license as free as the d20. I think they'll want to keep it in tighter reins.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
He's talking about stuff like videogame licenses, not open gaming licenses. "I'm actually not doing game design... I'm helping sort out lore and other content (primarily for FR) so WotC licensors (like videogame companies) have easy access to the info they need."
 

Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
This is what he is probably working on. Things like Sword Coast Legends and the virtual tabletop could certainly benefit from a lore guru to help them along the way. Plus any unannounced projects that might need a "reference desk" as well.
Perkins already does that, but from an interiew he gave, he needs help. A typical days is him spending 2/3 of his time in meetings, then he answers around 200 emails, then he can start writing. Cra-zy.

Edit: Le interview.

[video=youtube;alnwC34qUFs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alnwC34qUFs[/video]
 
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