26k Sign #OpenDND Letter Against Dungeons & Dragons’s ‘Draconian’ License Update – According to a report published last week by io9, Dungeons & Dragons is rewriting its 2000 Open Gaming License, which allowed pros and amateurs to create their own D&D games, in order to crack down on unlicensed RPGs. Over 26,000 people have since signed an open letter opposing this new licence, since that time.
“A rallying cry under which creators and fans have unified to demand that [Wizards of the Coast] revoke the draconian 1.1 OGL and pledge to support the existing 1.0 OGL into future editions of their games,” according to the letter known as OpenDND, which was written by industry leaders and developers (thanks, GamesRadar).
This letter not only asks people to sign, as 26,000 did in the last two days, but also encourages them to use the hashtag #OpenDND to spread awareness on social media and requests that authors “#DontSign the new agreement.”
— Olly Wright 🇺🇦 (@ollywright) January 5, 2023
The new OGL will need a redesign of the economic model for D&D-related games from independent developers like the well-known Kobold Press and Green Ronin. In addition, they will have to agree to a new contract that requires them to “report their projects and revenues to [WotC]” and pay a 25% tax.
In order to avoid having to halt sales, Paizo’s Pathfinder 1E and 2E, a rival to D&D, must pay the aforementioned tax, which has received criticism online in particular.
There is a long relationship between Pathfinder and D&D because before WotC opted not to extend the contract, Paizo started out by publishing D&D magazines. The fourth edition of D&D, which would have come with the notoriously stringent Game System License, was announced by WotC in the same year, 2007. In response, the independent role-playing game Pathfinder was released.
— Spectre Creations (@spect_creations) January 6, 2023
The “End of an Open Era” is what OpenDND refers to, even going so far as to label it “an attempt to demolish the entire RPG business.” Although D&D has not yet responded, it has acknowledged the criticism and inquiries and promised to “share more shortly.”
Dungeons & Dragons’s ‘Draconian’ License Update FAQS
Q: What is the new license that caused the recent criticism towards Dungeons & Dragons?
A: The new license is an updated version of the Open Gaming License (OGL) that aims to clamp down on unofficial RPGs.
Q: How many people have signed the open letter against this new license?
A: Over 26,000 people have signed the open letter against the new license.
Q: What does the letter titled OpenDND say?
A: The letter calls for revoking the new license (1.1 OGL) and continuing to support the existing 1.0 OGL for future editions of D&D. It also urges creators to not sign the new license agreement and for people to use the hashtag #OpenDND to raise awareness.
Q: How does the new license affect the business model of third-party companies such as Kobold Press and Green Ronin?
A: The new license affects the business model of third-party companies as they would need to overhaul their business model and owe a 25% tax, and they would also have to sign a new contract that would make it mandatory to report their projects and revenues to Wizards of the Coast (WotC)
Q: How does the new license affect Paizo's Pathfinder 1E and 2E?
A: The new license would mean that Paizo's Pathfinder 1E and 2E would need to stop sales unless they