Dungeons & Dragons fans launch D&D Beyond Cancellation campaign due to OGL changes

Dungeons and Dragons use their wallets to voice their displeasure with open license changes that other publishers are enabling Dungeons and Dragons-compatible tools. After news leaked about planned changes to the Open Gaming License (OGL for short) that creators and publishers could make Dungeons & Dragonscompatible content, fans began a campaign to cancel their D&D Beyond subscriptions. It’s unclear how many players actually did this, but D&D Beyond’s subscription management page was regularly offline Thursday, displaying a “500 Internal Server Error” message.

The campaign was launched when an email from a reported Wizards of the Coast employee contacted the maker of D&D Shorts, claiming that subscriptions were the main metric that Wizards of the Coast executives used to assess the ongoing OGL situation. follow. While ComicBook.com couldn’t independently confirm the email’s authenticity, it does echo what sources associated with Wizards of the Coast have previously said about D&D Beyond subscriptions. Wizards of the Coast executives have previously spoken about the importance of D&D Beyond to their plans Dungeons and Dragons, referring specifically to the customer statistics and information it gives to the company. io9 also reported that the subscriptions had an impact on Wizardsas executives were forced to postpone a planned rollout of the new OGL (dubbed OGL 2.0) as a result of the campaign.

A #StoptheSub hashtag had generated 21,700 tweets by Friday morning, with many prominent D&D personalities encouraging their followers to join the grassroots campaign. Among those personalities was Ginny Diwho hired Wizards of the Coast last year to announce the next edition of D&D in a video.

The Open Gaming License acts as an open license to use game rules, phrases, and mechanics in third-party materials. Wizards of the Coast created the OGL in 2000 and has used it and its associated Systems Reference Document (SRD) to determine what can and cannot be used in third-party D&D materials. The OGL configuration has been mutually beneficial Dungeons and Dragons and other makers. While other creators can create D&D-compatible material, the OGL helped expand D&D’s market share significantly and provided Wizards of the Coast with a wide variety of freelancers and designers to call upon when creating official D&D content. books.

Many other tabletop publishers have announced their plans to stop publishing D&D 5E materials in the coming months due to planned changes to the OGL, including a “withdrawal of authorization” from earlier versions of the OGL and a royalty fee structure. In addition, Paizo Publishing announced plans to develop a new Open RPG License (called ORC for short) that would be held by a non-profit organization and could be used by any publisher to authorize third-party content creation .

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