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D&D General WotC Has Owned D&D Longer Than TSR Did


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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey




Blue Orange

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Supposedly it was Gail Gygax who convinced them to go with the alliterative name--before that it was just 'The Fantasy Game'.

EDIT: ninja'd. I am wrong!
 
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Correction, HASBRO owned it longer (than both). And lot of good that did. I think D&D would have been way better had WotC not been tied down by Hasbro. I'll never forget Sean Reynolds "Forgotten Rum" story about what went on behind closed doors for D&D's future.
 

Pauper

That guy, who does that thing.
Correction, HASBRO owned it longer (than both).
Hasbro has only owned D&D since September of 1999, when they purchased Wizards of the Coast, so they've only owned D&D for 22 years.

You could argue whether Wizards of the Coast, as a subsidiary of Hasbro, 'exists' in the sense of ultimately owning the rights to the game, but it won't be until after next year's GenCon that Hasbro has owned the game longer than TSR.

And of course, if WotC does still 'exist' despite being a subsidiary of Hasbro, then Hasbro will never have owned D&D longer than WotC has, for the same reason that you'll never grow older than your older brother (until he dies, anyway).

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Pauper
 








KentDT

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Correction, HASBRO owned it longer (than both). And lot of good that did. I think D&D would have been way better had WotC not been tied down by Hasbro. I'll never forget Sean Reynolds "Forgotten Rum" story about what went on behind closed doors for D&D's future.
What is the “Forgotten Rum” story?
 

Sunsword

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Correction, HASBRO owned it longer (than both). And lot of good that did. I think D&D would have been way better had WotC not been tied down by Hasbro. I'll never forget Sean Reynolds "Forgotten Rum" story about what went on behind closed doors for D&D's future.

5E is a pretty darn good critical & commercial success. Its really hard to play "What If...". If Hasbro didn't own WotC would 4E have sunk the IP? Would Paizo have bought the IP?
 



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