Zach Glazar (Frog God Games), Bill Barsh (Pacesetter Games) and Levi Combs (Planet X Games) share the personal impact (here’s a hint: "existential threat") and professional impact that Wizards of the Coast’s recent OGL announcements had on them, and where they’re going from here. "Unprofessional" and "ham-fisted" is mentioned a lot by our guests. Third-party publishers have been publishing the strong stuff for 5E in recent years. Was WotC's final decision enough to get things back to what they were with 3rd party TTRPG publishers and creators or is the relationship over? What options are on the table if someone wants to leave WotC and their OGL behind? OGLs versus SRDs. ORCs and Black Flags. Finer points of TTRPG legal warfare. What the heck does irrevocable mean, anyway? Our guests have firm theories on what level in WotC this all came from (and the theories might surprise you). Shane Plays gets a HOT SCOOP from Pacesetter Games.
Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #265 - 2/9/2023
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Dungeons & Dragons’ New License Tightens Its Grip on Competition
An Update on the Open Game License (OGL)
Frantic backpedaling (and attempted spin) on OGL 1.1
Summary of creator and fan response to WotC's OGL 1.1 official statement
"It has become clear that it is no longer possible to achieve all goals" - Wizards of the Coast address Dungeons & Dragons OGL 1.1 backlash
A Working Conversation About the Open Game License (OGL)
D&D maker still wants to revoke earlier versions of "open" gaming license
D&D Beyond: OGL 1.0a & Creative Commons
88% do not want to publish TTRPG content under OGL 1.2.
90% would have to change some aspect of their business to accommodate OGL 1.2.
89% are dissatisfied with deauthorizing OGL 1.0a.
86% are dissatisfied with the draft VTT policy.
62% are satisfied with including Systems Reference Document (SRD) content in Creative Commons, and the majority of those who were dissatisfied asked for more SRD content in Creative Commons.
Ryan Dancey -- Hasbro Cannot Deauthorize OGL
Goodman Games Announces January Is Best Sales Month In Its History
Paizo Announces System-Neutral Open RPG License - Open RPG Creative License (ORC)
Kobold Press's Black Flag Blog Posts (new SRD / open fantasy RPG system project)
Kobold Press releases new details for Project Black Flag
Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat