I find it odd that WotC have yet to release an OGL, OGC, SRD, GSL, SRD, OPP (yeah, you know me!) or any other three-letter legal acronym for Fifth Edition. The OGL was brilliant, and made it possible for a lot of third-party books to be made! I remember the GSL used with 4e that had a lot questionable stipulations attached to 4e compatible products.
WotC tends to provide advanced documents to some third-party publishers to get their stuff out their stuff out early. Do anyone know if they are do that, and with who?
I mostly want to know what their new game license document -- if they are going with a new one -- stipulates, and how it would effect third-party publishers and 5e compatible books?
I haven't seen anything about WotC making one, but so far they seem sort of vauge in their information on how 3PP will work.
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Yepp, exclusive contracts for 2014, with the "OGL"-follow-up coming in 2015; at least that's the word.
However, I would be very surprised if GenCon didn't bring more clarity on this - as I've hinted somewhere else. I expect a very 3PP- and fan-friendly licensing event, if only because everything else at this point would be brand suicide by WotC.
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Post by Vile Traveller on Aug 13, 2014 22:28:27 GMT -6
Right - they really need to take control of the issue because, with the OGL already out there, it's child's play to create 3PP material for 5E with the serial numbers filed off as Frog God seems to be doing. The problem with brand recognition like D&D is that everybody recognises it even when it's not called D&D. So, people will be doing that anyway, the question is whether WotC wants to get in on the act and grab some of those 3PPs who would rather have the logo than do their own thing. That gives them some measure of control, at least.