Paizo Announces New Open RPG Creative License in Response to Controversy Surrounding Dungeons & Dragons’ OGL – In reaction to the recent debate surrounding Dungeons & Dragons’ Open Game License (OGL), Paizo, the publisher of Pathfinder and Starfinder, has declared that it has started working on a “open, eternal, and irrevocable” Open Game License, which it calls the Open RPG Creative License.
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Over 26,000 people signed an open letter protesting the new licence after a last week’s io9 story revealed that Wizards of the Coast was changing the Dungeons & Dragons Open Gaming License to prevent fans from developing unlicensed RPGs. Tabletop games like Pathfinder, which was based on the OGL, could also be impacted by the new Open Gaming License and be forced to stop selling unless they want to pay a tax hike of 25%.
Paizo has responded by stating that it has “no interest in any way in Wizards’ new OGL” and is instead developing on a new Open Gaming License it is calling the Open RPG Creative License that is “system agnostic for independent game publishers.” According to Paizo, numerous publishers have already joined the ORC in response to the rumours that the Open Gaming License may be modified.
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Paizo Announces New Open RPG Creative License
We have announced a plan for a system neutral open RPG license in collaboration with other game companies. We believe it will irrevocably and unquestionably keep alive the spirit of the Open Game License. Learn more:https://t.co/uQNKiz0wzv #OpenRPG #pathfinder2e #starfinder pic.twitter.com/JJOW9DiioO
— Paizo (@paizo) January 12, 2023
Paizo stated in a blog post on their website, “Since 2000, the OGL has benefited the neighbourhood, fostered creativity, and expanded the businesses of both the licensor and the licensees. The construction and survival of gaming networks as well as the promotion of sales to both were stated objectives of a perpetual and irrevocable OGL.”
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Additionally, Paizo declared that it would keep supporting Pathfinder and Starfinder: “Naturally, Paizo intends to keep releasing Pathfinder and Starfinder even after we discontinue using the Open Gaming License. You’ll continue to see the well-known OGL 1.0(a) in the back of our items for a while because months’ worth of products are still being printed.”