This page is a history of the various interesting things I point out in the blog. It’s listed in chronological order, though it starts with a list of Patreons I’m currently supporting.
Patreons I’m Supporting
August 16, 2019
First up—my friend and intellectual property lawyer, Robert Bodine, received a cease and desist letter from WotC regarding his One-Stop Stat Block for 5th Edition DND Template. And the message came from Marty Durham at Wizards (who is also a friend of mine). Robert posted the first part of—well—retort, I guess you can call it, on his blog. It’s a great read and gives all sorts of fascinating insights into perils and predations of intellectual property and games. I believe the second part is coming out on Monday, and the final part the Monday after that.
Second, it seems that WotC may have lifted parts of Jennell Jaquays’s Central Casting: Heroes of Legend, published by Task Force Games in 1989, for their “This is your Life Section” of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. Ms. Jaquays posted on her Facebook feed that she has “chatted with the designer, and they are mortified that this happened.” And is drafting a response to Wizards with a proposal for a reasonable solution to the alleged plagiarism. Compare and contrast the arguments for infringement with Robert’s arguments about intellectual property and games, and your mind‘ll be reeling.
Lastly, and on a more upbeat note, a Kickstarter for The Lost City of Gaxmoor for D&D 5e just dropped. This massive, sprawling, sandbox adventure is the brainchild of Ernie and Luke Gygax. So that’s worth checking out.