Monday, April 13, 2009

Wizards of the Coast Does it Again



For those of you who don't know, Wizards of the Coast is a game company which became big selling collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon. When TSR went out of business, Wizards took over as the producer of Dungeons and Dragons. And for a few years, everything was wonderful. Then Wizards was bought out by Hasbro.

Since it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hasbro, it's hard to imagine how Wizards could be run worse. First it completely reworked its flagship D&D game into a new and inferior game. Then it cancelled its deal with Paizo to publish Dragon magazine, which brought new players to the hobby.

Now it has ordered all pdf sellers to stop selling their products. The reason they give is piracy. Apparently they just discovered that their products show up on file sharing sites. What they don't yet realize apparently is that they were there before they started selling them online as pdfs. The pirated copies floating around are home scans of paper books. By removing their pdfs from the market, they leave nothing BUT the pirated copies. So those honest people, like myself, who buy their pdf products at RPGNow, Drive Thru RPG, and Paizo can't get their products anymore, but the pirates still can.

Of course this is just the latest. I have had big beefs with Wizards over their unfair practices, but I still purchase their products occassionally. I guess I won't be able to now.

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