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    Post WotC pulls PDFs...

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04...iracy_lawsuit/

    Hmmm & Mneh - a bit pointless methinks... stable doors, horse, close, bolted etc

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    Post A tactic that doesn't work

    I've seen all the chatter on all the forums: Paizo, EnWorld, even ICE regarding this. Its the knee jerk reaction of trying to stop piracy in the 90's which didn't work. By pulling off all legal/downloadable D&D material - which includes 1e - 4e material, WotC is only guaranteeing pirating of their material.

    Its unstoppable. Plus unless the distributors of PH 2, will only get a slap on the wrist, as it must be proven that they've actually profited from distributing their material, there is almost no case for punitive damages.

    No, this action only forments pirate activity, not stop it. It's foolish, but then I have lost most of my respect for Hasbro/WotC, long ago anyway.

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    And it ensures that every nickel pirate will go out of their way to get a copy, thus ensuring that a mediocre release has the widest distribution of any product to date. Next week at this time they're likely to "listen to the wishes of the community" and put it back on sale so that every one who was ambivalent toward the product but wants to support the idea of online media will run out and download one.

    Or so the large white rabbit told me.

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    I've stopped calling them Wizards of the Coats.

    Now they're Wizards of the Suits






    Lots of other more generous positive game experiences out there.


    Who else is waiting for the Dresden RPG?????

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    Well, as soon as their legislative push to outlaw scanners under the DMCA takes effect, they're golden!

    I just canceled my Amazon preorders for Arcane Power, MM2 and DMG2. Screw them.

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    During tough economic times you see a lot more behavior like this, personally I find the efforts of the AP alot more insulting than this.

    There is a ton of pirating of WOTC's books, but honestly there isn't a whole lot that can be done about it except making the legal content as easy to get ahold of as possible. This is a step backwards for them.

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    Post Wot See

    I've heard it always as "Wot See" because it rhymes with what the Third Reich political party named themselves...

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    I have said it before and will repeat.. I really don't think the rank and file guys at WotC are the evil people here. Remember that they(WotC when they were not a subsidiary company) are the ones who in the late 90s/early 2000s opened up the vast part of the rules in the OGL. I highly expect that the Hasbro bean counters are the ones who are pushing this whole thing, trying to wring every last nickel out of turnip so to speak...
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    I'd be inclined to agree with Joe. Corporate overlords rarely have the best interests of the public and/or rank & file in mind or heart. Theoretically, the bottom-line is the be-all-end-all, and I wouldn't even be bothered by that so much, but these days it's really all about the C-level paycheck and C-level ego.

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