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 WotCeven 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 moduleswhose 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 overwhen doing so only brings the pain of witnessing the sadness of people around me?
- Is this wrong?