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25th-Jan-2008 06:44 pm
matt, summer, gardens
Any freelance authors on this list?

Monica Valentinelli's thoughts on 4e and writing, Freelancers Beware, went up on Flames Rising this morning for those interested in the topic. Feedback is always appreciated.
26th-Jan-2008 03:15 am (UTC)
SF writer John Scalzi spoke of similar matters on his blog. I know it's a market I'm avoiding.
27th-Jan-2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
How is this going to reflect on the OGL for the 3.5e rule set? I know of several authors, including myself, who have no intention of converting to 4e.
27th-Jan-2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
While the 3.5e rules may still be available, there may not be as many people playing it or publishing it.

Already the potential pool for available publishers using 3.5e is smaller. Several of them (Necromancer and Goodman Games for example) have announced they are buying into the early adopter option from WotC and are planning 4e products as early as GenCon.

Others are switching to different systems such as Savage Worlds and the new d6 SRD.

So freelance work for 3.5 products will be more difficult to acquire, especially as 4e becomes a more viable product.
27th-Jan-2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Perhaps this is just a vengeful fantasy, but a part of me wants WotC to be very, very unpleasantly surprised when the sales figures, or rather the lack thereof, start to come in for 4e.

Frankly, I think the whole thing is going to crash and burn. At the very least, I can't imagine it will be a rousing success. I could be wrong. In some ways, I almost hope I am wrong. We'll have to wait and see, since the bums aren't releasing anything until May.

Speaking strictly for myself and my group, we plan on sticking by 3.5 for the next few years. We've invested a lot of money in 3.5 books and a lot of time in mastering 3.5 rules, and we really only started playing heavily about three years ago. In short, we have no reason to want to buy 4e. And this is turning into a 4e hate rant, so I'm going to stop right now before I go any further. ;)
28th-Jan-2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Anecdotally, many people said the same things about 3.5 when it launched (about hoping it does not succeed and how they are sticking with 3.0 no matter what).

The previews on the WotC site have been slammed with traffic every week and there is quite a bit of hype on EnWorld and RPGnet with numerous threads every day.

With Necromancer and Goodman Games, as well as Mongoose and Paizo supporting the new system I seriously doubt it will crash & burn.

I have not done any work on d20 products as a freelancer for some time and have mostly moved on to other games for fun as well. It will be a challenge for freelancers for some time yet (which is pretty much the point of the above linked article).
28th-Jan-2008 07:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean... same thing happened with the switch from 1e to 2e, and from 2e to 3e. It seems to be a general pattern that half the hobby will embrace it and the other half will complain loudly. Dunno about this time though.

I had started writing a long post about what my issues with 4e were, but I decided I probably shouldn't post them here. It would probably just come off as another angry rant... not to mention it's completely off topic at this point.

I am somewhat surprised that Paizo is switching though.
28th-Jan-2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'd be more worried about how WotC grabs up all the rights associated with the work they publish.
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