Like all people else within the Open Gaming group, we at EN Publishing have been scrambling to know what WotC’s leaked plans imply for us as an organization, and the way finest to proceed ahead. We really feel a deep duty not solely to our prospects, creator group, freelancers, and staff, but additionally to the broader Open Gaming group. We have now been publishing underneath the OGL for over 20 years, supporting and increasing the sport we love.
At current, we have no idea how this may all play out. No matter occurs, it’s clear that we can’t function in an atmosphere the place our very existence lies on the whim of one other firm, and so we’re taking steps to safe the core of our enterprise sooner or later. To this finish we’re trying into the practicalities of a two-pronged strategy.

1) We will probably be investing extra closely in What’s OLD is NEW, our in-house lifepath/d6 dice-pool system, starting with a brand new starter set. This will probably be accessible to 3rd social gathering creators underneath essentially the most open, non-revocable license* we are able to discover.

2) We have now begun investigating the opportunity of ‘de-OGL-ifying’ Degree Up: Superior 5E. It is a massive activity, however we’ve a head-start in that in A5E we rewrote each phrase of the 5E SRD (and expanded it drastically), with solely names (spells, lessons, and so on.) remaining the identical. There are authorized nuances to this, so we will not go into an excessive amount of element, however relaxation assured we’ll be sure we’re masking ourselves. Once more, we’ll make this accessible underneath essentially the most open, non-revocable license* we are able to discover.

We’re at very early levels with each of those initiatives, and the precise strategy — and even viability — is but to be decided, whether or not that’s by way of Kickstarter or another methodology. We are going to hold you posted.

What about initiatives we presently have deliberate? Degree Up’s To Save A Kingdom and Voidrunner’s Codex, in addition to our new starter set, are effectively alongside the event path. If we are able to nonetheless launch them underneath the OGL v1 as deliberate, we’ll. In any other case, we’ll attempt our greatest to determine another method to get these merchandise to you.

We do not know what the long run holds for Open Gaming, however we at EN Publishing are dedicated to it. Open Gaming was important to D&D 3E’s progress within the early 2000s; it has been a big a part of 5E’s reputation; and it has supported an enormous group of fantastic, gifted creators and indie publishers, amongst whom we’re proud to be counted.

*We have now not but chosen a license, and will probably be taking recommendation earlier than we accomplish that; choices would possibly embody Artistic Commons, or a brand new license, however relaxation guarantee it is going to be (a) genuinely open and (b) genuinely non-revocable.


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