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The Controversy over the Open Game License

Updated: Jan 14, 2023



Some of you have asked about the updated Open Game License controversy. Hasbro has yet to release the official updated license. I am guessing that there are a lot of uncomfortable meetings happening right now (don't forget that Hasbro has a new MCU-like movie franchise launching March 31st with the D&D movie) where lawyers, business leaders, and gamers are balancing the value of the leaked OGL 2 document vs. the impact on future goodwill towards D&D as a brand. There is also a lot of discussion about competing game licenses. The makers of Pathfinder, Paizo, announced a new open game license on their website. I encourage you to read it.


Bottom line: we don't know more now than we do.


With that said, I am not going to stop creating content. I love world-building and story writing. Penny Blood Adventures was launched on July 15th, 2022, and I could not imagine the incredible feedback and support you all offer. It is both humbling and inspiring. So, no, I am not going to stop creating. I have a pipeline of content coming, including my first original High Fantasy content. Don't expect the pace to stop. My goal is to create a new campaign every month.


Will I be watching closely what is happening with the new OGL? Oh, hell, yeah.

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Matthew David
Matthew David
Jan 13, 2023

Looks like Wizards of the Coast are admitting they roled a 1. There is a new post where they are now stating that they will go back and edit the leaked OGL 2 https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1423-an-update-on-the-open-game-license-ogl

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