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Posted by: The_Jester on Feb 25, 2011 at 04:10:11 PM
Once again, I’m returning to the topic of the Game System Licence. This is a topic I’ve discussed many times before. A couple earlier blogs can be found here and here. For your review, the GSL and SRD can be found here.
Basically, I was a big fan of the Open Game Licence of 3e, like so many others. In retrospect, it may have been a little too open, but it was revolutionary and created a whole legion of other publishers that served as a farm team for WotC. How many current staffers and freelancers cut their teeth on d20 3rd Party Products?
With 4e, the licence became much more restrictive, banning reflavouring of races and classes and alteration rules: you can add options, but not customize or tweak. This has prevented more major and creative alterations...
Posted by: The_Jester on May 31, 2010 at 12:28:08 PM
This blog returns to the issue of the Game System Licence and the Fan Site Policy of WotC, first discussed here. Recent developments, or the lack thereof, have compelled me to return to the subject.
You can access the relevant documents here.
Third Edition D&D had a revolutionary approach to its base system. It put all the basic rules online for free for easy reference and use. It also opened-up the game and copyrighted terms, so anyone could make D&D material. This was the Open Game Licence.
This was big for two reasons. First, it allowed small publishers (third party publishers) to make and produce content such as adventures and campaign settings and accessories. This was part of WotC's strategy, as campaign worlds and adventures did not sell as well as other products. Secondly,...