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Is this wrong?
Forest - Shadows
WotC finally came out with the GSL and everyone is detailing how horrifically restrictive it is, to the point that there's no point in having one at all. I don't know, I guess I agree. freeport_pirate made a compelling argument why WotC shouldn't have issued one at all in the first place and it's from that frame of mind that I approached the GSL months ago. Horribly restrictive? Well, yes, that's what they explicitly said they were going to do so why the shock and outrage now? Plus, there's a dash of "oh, they actually issued one after all?"

But here's the thing: I'm not sure if it's morally wrong of me or not, but, I really don't care one way or the other about the entire GSL matter in its totality.

What's wrong about that is that there are third party publishers who're friends of mine who're directly affected by the GSL and I just assume they're negatively impacted by the horribly restrictive GSL. But ... I just can't get all wrapped up in the whole GSL thing.

Paizo rejected 4th edition months and months ago and that turned me largely apathetic about the entirety of third party publishers altogether. In a sense, it wouldn't have mattered what the GSL said, since the rug was pulled out from under my Golarion campaign I've had months of apathy to set in and become the norm.

Also, the GSL is just yet another in a long line of disappointments around 4e that WotC has perpetuated. By that I mean, it's yet another thing that's made the extant D&D audience hostile to 4th edition and to WotC—even though the game itself is good. More people will dismiss 4 because of WotC's conduct alone without looking at the game.

That makes me sad and I'm just tired of seeing WotC continue to make people other people sad.

So I guess I'm dealing with it by emotionally protecting myself by selfishly not caring. In a justifiably personal perspective, the GSL won't impact the campaign I'm running. I bought close to zero third party d20 product after the initial glut of d20 disgorged onto the market years ago and the only thing I've bought in months were the Pathfinder modules—whose subscription only lingers because I'm a completest. And now the only thing I'm hearing is that it's too restrictive for third party publishers to do anything so, really, I shouldn't expect to see anything from anyone anytime soon in any format.

So why should I get excited, one way or the other, about something I have no control over—when doing so only brings the pain of witnessing the sadness of people around me?

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You don't have to. No one will think ill of you. :)

I don't think it's wrong at all.

Part of our round-table discussion on the subject last night centered on the fact that the immediate uproar over the GSL is almost ENTIRELY among existing 3rd party publishers. This is NOT the sort of thing that will affect the majority of D&D PLAYERS, and it will not at ALL affect the players who were never going to buy 3rd party products anyway.

However, for those of us who either used to work at WotC, have something personal at stake in the Open Gaming concept, or harbor hopes of BECOMING 3rd party publishers, this is VERY big news ... and we're going to be talking about it A LOT in the coming weeks and months. Given that you have so many friends who ARE 3rd party publishers, I imagine that you'll be "treated" to many more discussions, debates, and rants on the subject than are actually interesting or important to you and your game playing. For that, I issue a blanket apology.

On the other hand, I am going to be one of the people constantly trying to keep people focused on the notion that WotC has no mandate to do things that are convenient for 3rd party publishers. And that, as other people have pointed out, the broader U.S. Copyright Law and a bit of creative thinking leave PLENTY of room to serve the market of people who WANT 3rd party publications suitable for use with 4E. (My main, admittedly self-serving, example for the moment is the One Night Stand adventures I'm working on for Super Genius Games ... and THOSE might even be useful for you!)

the One Night Stand adventures I'm working on for Super Genius Games ... and THOSE might even be useful for you!)
I'm skeptical about those actually and look forward to the freebie so I can assuage or confirm.

I say that because the reason I buy third party products (rare though that is as described above) is so I don't have to do any work. I don't need ideas—I have tons of those as does most anyone—but the actual work involved in creating the adventure, in this case systemizing the adventure, seems like the very thing I'd have to do with ONS (and directly counter to my philosophy of my paying for someone to do the work for me), and what I'd be paying for is really just the tiles and standees. I already have a MegaMat and tons of miniatures so I'm skeptical that I'd be a customer for ONS. But the freebie will say for sure...

That's fair. And, to be certain, I WAS being rather self-serving. Getting you aware of and hopefully trying the free version is all I was really hoping for. Y'know, and maybe blogging about it later if you think it's good. ;^)

For 4E you won't have to do much other than read it and open up your MM for stats. (Unless you DO want to use the map tiles and standees ... then you've got a little printing, cutting, and taping to do, too.)

you've got a little printing, cutting, and taping to do
Hold the phone—I totally missed that it was PDF. Hmm. Upside: I wouldn't feel guilty about discarding the standees.

Oh ... oh yeah ... I probably SHOULD remember to more prominently mention that these are PDFs, not print products. *blush*

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