Get your popcorn ready.The fallout from the OGL 1.1 leaks has been disastrous for Wizards of the Coast. Scorn for corporate blundering unites a community once divided by petty disputes over Always Chaotic Evil Orcs.
Content creators are rebelling against the new draconian policies left and right.Troll Lord Games, famed for Castles & Crusades, is liquidating "all current 5e stock, never to be revisited again, in any edition." Although C&C uses OGL 1.0a, Troll Lord Games announced that future products will not use the OGL--and we suspect that they're going to be taking their D&D-alike in a bold new direction.
Almost immediately, two developers announced their own alternatives to OneD&D.
Kobold Press, renowned for a trove of 5e-compatible content and the Kobold Quarterly magazine, launched Project Black Flag, a fantasy roleplaying game that will be "available, open, and subscription-free." Matt Colville, another titan of the D&D industry, announced his own RPG (Patreon subscribers get early previews!).
Other companies are developing their own game licenses. Free League has proffered their Year Zero Engine license, and Monte Cook Games (of Monte Cook fame) has declared the Cypher System Open License. The other big boy in the room, Paizo, has thrown their weight into the arena. Now, in case you aren't forty-something (or pushing it like we are), here's a brief summary:
The former magazine publisher became WotC's first major competitor 15 years ago when they created their D&D clone rather than update to D&D's 4th edition. Pathfinder 1e's publication pried loose WotC's grip upon the RPG scene, and Paizo seized upon the opportunity afforded by the OGL 1.1 theatrics to do so again, declaring their Open RPG Creative License (ORC).
Among the growing list of publishers signing this agreement are the aforementioned Kobold Press, Goodman Games, Chaosium (Call of Cthulhu, Runequest), Green Ronin (Mutants and Masterminds, Dragon Age), Goodman Games (Dungeon Crawl Classics), along with others.
The pain doesn't stop there! Rumored leaks have forced WotC into full damage control mode. Two notable newsbreakers, @DnD_Shorts and @DungeonScribe, made claims about D&DBeyond's new monetization scheme, and @DnD_Shorts claimed WotC are ignoring their own staff and silencing criticism via what is professionally known as "shitcanning."
Oh, scandal! WotC finally broke their silence on the matter, declaring "we're sorry" plus some other words that amount to "we would have gotten away with if it weren't for you meddling kids! Also, we're going to still going to try to get away with it, but less." Repudiating the leaks about D&DBeyond's future, WotC has yet to dispute other claims.
All things considered, OneD&D's future is looking a bit more like NoneD&D.
P.S. That was agonizing to write. Forgive us.
P.P.S. Forgive Thom, not "us." He wrote that trash line.