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Wizards of the Coast have finally announced their plans for the SRD and OGL in regards to the new 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

This allows third-party publishers to publish games and supplements using the popular D&D ruleset. They are doing things slightly differently this time round (they first made the system Open license with the release of 3rd Edition). Interested parties can pay $5000 now for all the infromation, updates and the ability to start publishing material on 1st August 2008 (2 months after the official release) or they can wait until 6th June 2008 to download the SRD for free and start publishing material under the OGL on 1st January 2009 - five months later than the companies who pay for the license.

Full information is here : 4E SRD and OGL (Wizards.com)

Now some of the early companies publishign material for 3E made a killing and grew into influential industry movers and shakers (Green Ronin and Mongoose being the main two that spring to mind). Whether 4E has the same effect is something open to debate but I think if backed with good quality products several companies could do worse than paying the $5k now for early access and to be in the first wave of third-party products.

I also wait to see if many of these 'first wave' are just 4E rehashes of old 3.0 & 3.5 books (the resurgance of the Slayers Gudies and Quintessential books anyone?).


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Jan. 8th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)

I must admit I start to wonder about systems when they have to release an umpty-umpth version (Paranoia XP is an exception for the comedy value involved). I'm not a D&D fan, so I doubt I'll buy any of it.

I was a bit sceptical of GURPS 4th Ed, but SJG put a heluva lot of work into making it a much more seamless system with less caveats and exceptions in character generation, mechanics and storytelling. I just hope for D&D fans it's a similar case in point.

Jan. 8th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
_another_ D&D edition?! Isn't this getting a bit silly?
Jan. 8th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I thought the whole 3rd Ed - 3.5 was ridiculous...

Ah well, looks like WoTC have a new crack supplier...
Jan. 8th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
It's been eight years. That's not terribly long, as editions go.
Jan. 8th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if the revisions that'll be made going from 3.5 to 4 will really justify the expense. I suspect, like you, the first wave of releases will basically be reprints, for those people who can't be arsed to apply errata.

I mean, when I get round to playing/running D&D, I still look back to 2e and old copies of Dragon for inspiration...

Jan. 8th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I had a browse through the classes and races preview book and, well, so far I remain to be impressed. This is unlike my reaction to 3rd Edition, which removed just about everything I hated about the venerable 2nd Edition (too many different tables, core books too verbose, too many restrictive rather than permissive rules).

I'm about to start running a 3.5Ed campaign (PHB-only for 3 levels, before the splatbooks become viable). I've basically told my group that we're not going to switch to 4th Ed until 2009 at least. I'm going to let this ruleset mature before adopting it.
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