• Edgerunner Redux: A Cyberpunk RED Review

    Cyberpunk is more than just a genre or aesthetic. It’s a classic tabletop RPG that’s seen an unprecedented revival in recent years. Published R. Talsorian Games, its return was long

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  • The Modern TTRPG Battlespace

    Through its nearly 50 years of existence, Dungeons & Dragons has changed the battlespace of the hobby several times. TSR pioneered supporting media as a cartoon, various comic book series,

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  • Monsters of the Multiverse: A Review

    Spelljammer is live now, but if you’ve read my last post on the topic and been following any of the critiques of its slim pickings approach to the setting and

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  • What Does Supporting Diversity Look Like?

    An excellent question came across my Twitter feed the other day. Paraphrasing, it was “What does supporting diversity look like?” And I realized I write a lot about how diversity

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  • Filling the Expanse

    When working with an African coded setting, there’s a lot of biases and temptations that come into play. And from Rifts World Book 4: Africa in 1993 to Tomb of Annihilation in 2017, we see them at work in different ways but with similar results. So how did the creative team behind Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse approach the task?

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  • The Overview Review of Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse

    In 2009, after being abandoned by Wizards with the end of 3.5e D&D, Paizo Publishing released Pathfinder. In 2019, they launched Pathfinder 2nd Edition; and unlike its D&D origin, Pathfinder

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What’s Up With Wizards and the OGL?

Wizards made a big announcement. They’re moving the entire 5.1 SRD to CC-BY 4.0 International, and the OGL 1.0a is being left as is. They say they listened. They say they heard the fandom. They say they heard the creatives. People are now celebrating this as a definitive victory. Public and vocal support for things like the in-house system by Kobold Press or the ORC licence being spearheaded by Paizo is waning where it isn’t being drowned out by celebratory noise. But if there’s one thing the army has taught me is invaluable after a serious event, it’s an After Action Review. So let’s dive into what happened, what the fallout is, and how things are developing.

NOTE: Posts from Wizards on D&D Beyond are linked using the current links. They may have been edited since their initial releases. Where mentioned, I am referring to the initial release content and not the “oops, we should change the wording and tone” updates.

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Immortal Impact in Cyberpunk

I made a Tiktok the other day where I dipped into the frightening reality of Cyberpunk’s burgeoning population of functionally immortal corporate aristocracy. This got me thinking more about it, and its potential ramifications and how we might already be seeing them in the franchise on the tabletop, in the anime, and in the video game. So, let’s dive into some speculative territory about the world of Cyberpunk and what’s going down.

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Moving into a Post 5e Era

The fallout from the OGL 1.1 leak as been snowballing from a serious gaffe into a full-blown avalanche of bad press and burnt bridges over the last week. Companies like Kobold Press and MCDM, among the heaviest hitters in the 5e OGL third party publishing world have announced that they’re moving forward with their own proprietary systems after completing their scheduled 5e contents. Other publishers are taking this opportunity to expand their community content programs, such as Pinnacle Entertainment Group (Savage Worlds) and Modiphius (2d20), or are expanding their OGL and SRD documents like Monty Cook Games. So what’s an OGL, what’s Open Source, and what’s available to creators and end users alike in terms of finding new systems to work with?

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