Monday, February 5, 2024

Interesting Video: Hasbro Fires D&D Book Team!

What 5E writers and designers do you like?

Yeah, they are heading to Open 5E too.

If you having trouble convincing anyone to head for the door and consider alternatives, here is your reason. I am always careful around breaking news on YouTube since they get many things wrong, but it feels like the writing is on the wall. He has been pretty good on his sources, but he recently got the "selling D&D" thing wrong, too. But I feel it getting sold is inevitable anyway.

Open 5E will protect your book investment for 10, 20, and 30+ years. Also, you could keep playing 2014, but the game needs a lot of fixes the Open 5E teams have already addressed.

Open 5E is the next OSR.

The 2024 hype train will sucker you in, get $200-500 from you (and every one of your players), and you will be back in Open 5E looking for alternatives. That, too, is inevitable.

The AAA gaming statement, "We need to condition gamers to accept not owning their games," comes to mind. They are coming for your books.

I am like, pass.

Hard pass.

The OSR model works, and that model is coming to 5E. Even if you hate ToV and A5E, someone can take what they did, fix it, and make their own version. We saw this in the OSR with Swords & Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord, and Old School Essentials. We saw terrific forks like DCC and Hyperborea. The version you like is either already here and waiting for you to try, or it will arrive shortly (if you make your voice heard in the Open 5E movement). You could do it yourself!

The Open 5E game you will play, too, is inevitable.

I know history.

I am all in.

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