Friday, January 27, 2023

And so the OGL crisis ends with a whimper

It's over. WotC has folded like a cheap suit: they're no longer trying to deauthorize the OGL 1.0a, and they've put their money where their mouth is by releasing the complete 5e SRD under the Creative Commons license (CC-BY 4.0), something that will be much harder for them to try and claw back in the future. True believers in open-source gaming can at long last take a breath and rest easy: crisis averted.

Not to undersell the moment—it absolutely means something that in a time of crisis, when a corporation sought massive overreach and enclosure of a promised commons, an entire hobby stood up in solidarity and said, "No, and furthermore, fuck off"—but I had considered this whole business something of a tempest in a teapot from the get-go. The outcome changes very little for me personally. I'm thrilled, of course, that third-party publishers whose livelihoods had been threatened by this idiocy aren't quite so directly threatened anymore. But it was mainly 5e content-creators who were in the crosshairs, and maybe Paizo and Pathfinder.

For old-school and OSR creators? It wasn't such a big deal. More like a waste of a good three-and-a-half weeks.


  1. Watching WizBro fold faster than Superman on laundry day will never, ever stop being hilarious and satisfying.

  2. It gave all the bloggers some extra content.
    ; )