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 Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness on Syfy Tonight! Revel in the Horror of a Badly Managed Intellectual Property

Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness on Syfy Tonight! Revel in the Horror of a Badly Managed Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) is legal shorthand for all the stuff you brand with your creation. “Star Wars” toys, “Pokemon” chewing gum and “Hello Kitty”  t-shirts are examples of a company leveraging their creation to expand the brand. Oh, and they generate income through licensing, of course. The danger lies in flooding the market with too […]

Open Letter to Wizards of the Coast

Dear Sirs, As a long-time gamer, I am deeply concerned with the direction your are taking with the “Dungeons and Dragons” franchise. “D&D” is the first role-playing game I played. As such, I feel somewhat invested in the franchise, both for emotional and practical reasons. Emotional reasons based in franchise-nostalgia and practical because “Wizards of […]

GTS 2009 Dungeons and Dragons Seminar

Scott Rouse D&D Sr. Brand Manager put on a one hour seminar regarding 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. I am liveblogging, so forgive spelling errors.2008 Global Brand Study US and Canada and part of Europe. Aided Awareness 89% (brand recognition) 80% WOW 89% D&D 54% have played D&D 94% think D&D is the same or […]

Wizards of the Coast Stops PDF Sales Through and

Here is the text of an email that went out today from Paizo: Wizards of the Coast has notified us that we may no longer sell or distribute their PDF products. Accordingly, after April 6 at 11:59 PM Pacific time, Wizards of the Coast PDFs will no longer be available for purchase on; after […]

Dungeons and Dragons Worldwide Game Day 2009 Report

This weekend I had the opportunity to judge the D&D Worldwide Game Day for the release of the Players Handbook 2. To my knowledge, all the players left that day having some fun, and that is what is important. However, as happy as I am with D&D 4th edition, the World Wide Game Day this […]

My Thoughts on the Game System License from Wizards of the Coast

A little background before I really get into the GSL. The GSL is the system license that allows 3rd party publishers to use Wizards of the Coast’s intellectual property (ie names, locations, creatures) in their products. It was originally released in the summer of 2008 and very few companies signed it. In fact, it was […]

Wizards of the Coast Releases New GSL

Finally, after months of waiting, Wizards of the Coast has released the new Game System License. For those who do not follow game legal issues, this contract is what a 3rd party publisher must sign before using WOTC’s intellectual property, ie “4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons” in their products.  I will put something up tomorrow […]

My Vision for the New 4E Game System License (GSL)

Wizards of the Coast has yet to release the new “Game System License” for the 4th Edition D&D rules and I am tired of waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain. I want to kick-start the process, so I decided to post some ideas that WOTC hopefully will incorporate into the new version. […]

Living Forgotten Realms: Too Much Roll-Playing

Much as I take issue with the design decisions of “4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons” as a rules set, I rather enjoy the “Forgotten Realms” campaign setting.  “FR” always struck me as the more  “mature” campaign setting that required a bit more cunning and thought than “Greyhawk.” When Wizards of the Coast announced a “Living” […]

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