What a distinction per week makes.
Yeah, I do know, one other replace as an alternative of an article. That sucks. It does. It actually, actually does. However that is necessary and I’m going to maintain it brief. As a result of I need to be completed coping with this rubbish and get again to actual work.
Final week, I posted an optimistic and hopeful replace about all of the stuff I used to be going to do that 12 months. And I ended it by acknowledging the Wizards of the Coast OGL and saying, “I don’t need to have to fret about this crap so I’m not going to.” Besides I’ve to.
I’m delayed already as a result of a sure publishing firm is pulling the rug out from below all on-line RPG content material creators and we now have to scramble to guard ourselves. Content material is coming. You will notice a brand new article in just a few days after which one other and one other. Principally the articles I promised.
Additionally, due to that sure publishing firm, I’ve to rethink the best way I ship about 30% of my content material going ahead. I don’t know exactly what the brand new plan is but, however I’ll let you understand the minute I do know.
Additionally, I treasure your readership and assist. No matter occurs, you’ve gotten enriched my life. Thanks.
Additionally, sufficient with this OGL/DBox One crap. I’d prefer to deal with making and operating higher faux elf video games and I don’t care who’s elves I’m utilizing. However I positive ain’t utilizing WotC’s anymore.
In the event you’re within the know already, I’m not going to enter a lot element or evaluation or critique. In the event you’re not within the know, it’s like this: Wizards of the Coast is altering the principles about who can publish what for D&D. And even discuss D&D. And so they’re doing so in a really invasive, pervasive manner. And so they’re chopping offers with all kinds of platforms to assist them keep watch over all the pieces.
I’ve by no means, ever produced licensed content material for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, which is a registered trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC over which I declare no possession. Up to now, I’ve offered critique, evaluation, and evaluate of assorted merchandise printed for THAT GAME. And I’ve printed a e-book in regards to the TTRPG passion by which I discussed THAT GAME as certainly one of a number of examples of a TTRPG that new hobbyists would possibly take pleasure in. No matter I’ve completed prior to now, I’ve firmly thought-about to be a good use of copyrighted supplies.
However the recreation is altering. Hell, the entire board is altering. And the house owners of THAT GAME are positioning their items for a transparent offensive gambit towards content material creators. And I’d be an fool if I didn’t both put together a protection or get the hell off the board. And the smarter transfer is to get off the board.
First, content material I’ve produced prior to now, I’ll not produce any content material that is perhaps construed as infringing on THAT GAME, even when I firmly consider I’m working inside the bounds of truthful use or if I consider I’m not truly infringing on something the house owners of THAT GAME may fairly argue as their property.
Second, I’m taking steps to take away any content material from my crowdfunding web site or retailer that may make the house owners assume I’m a business producer of content material for THAT GAME. I’m working shortly, however quietly for now.
I’m not, nonetheless, eradicating any non-commercial content material from this web site. But. However I may need to take action at any time if I get a nasty letter. Lengthy story brief, if there’s a factor you need a copy of of on this web site, seize it.
That features the Theme Packs in my retailer. Need them? Seize them. They’re free till Friday. Then they’re gone. That additionally contains that module, The Fall of Silverpine Watch. Need it? Seize it. As a result of it’s gone on Friday.
Third, among the content material I had deliberate for this upcoming 12 months and among the bonus content material I had promised to high-tier supporters have to be scrapped. And a few initiatives should change. The majority of my work — say about 70% — is unaffected. A lot of the stuff I promised within the replace will occur as promised. The remaining will occur someway, however perhaps not the identical manner. Essentially the most troublesome issues for me to take care of shall be Mechanical System Hacks and Bonus Content material. I should work out a brand new manner to offer that very talked-about content material. I’ve some concepts about how to do this and I shall be asking for suggestions within the close to future.
Fourth, the unhappy truth about crowdfunding is that I don’t management my crowdfunding websites. Whereas I’ve an exceptionally good relationship with Patreon and am constructing a robust relationship with SubscribeStar as nicely, the actual fact is, they’re uncovered legally too. And it could be of their greatest pursuits to chop unfastened any creator that introduced them bother. That’s a scary factor to confess, however I’m a realist and I don’t blame them one bit.
That stated, I do management TheAngryGM.com. This web site belongs to Offended Video games, Inc. In the event you get up sooner or later and all of the sudden can’t discover me on Patreon, you’ll discover me right here. And so long as I can afford to maintain doing this, right here is the place I’ll keep. However the actuality is, with out the crowdfunding assist proper now, I can’t afford to maintain doing this. The effort and time is an excessive amount of. And I gotta assist myself. And I’ve a marriage to pay for in a 12 months. And it ain’t like issues are getting any cheaper.
Fact is, I’m not in a horrible place. Most of my hottest content material is system agnostic and I’ve a robust, devoted reader base. The plan I developed for this 12 months concerned lots of common RPG-content and I’ve already been shifting away from D&D in my residence video games. So that is simply one other storm to climate.
That stated, I used to be alleged to not be within the place of counting on crowdfunding and D&D so closely by this level. My plans for future initiatives and endeavors received pushed off a number of occasions. And whereas there was all the time — often — motive for every push-off, it doesn’t change the truth that I’m not practically as steady as I’d prefer to be and a storm is approaching. So I’ve to batten down the hatches after which I’ve to begin getting ship-shape and setting a hasty course for the subsequent course.
I don’t assume it’s an exaggeration to say that what I do within the subsequent twelve months — and what occurs outdoors my management — are principally sink-or-swim. No matter occurs, I respect each certainly one of you for sharing the journey with me. I’ve treasured each second of this and I’ll be pleased about each second God grants me hereafter with all of you. Thanks.
However, I ain’t lifeless but… so let’s put this OGL crap to mattress and get right down to the great, enjoyable work of simply making and operating higher faux elf video games. Cool? Nice. I’m going to go begin scribbling.