Crap! Time for an additional replace already?
January was concurrently the longest and shortest month ever right here at Indignant Video games HQ. Because of WotC’s OGL Shitshow and my semi-unplanned — and positively under-planned — journey to go to my of us in New York, I crammed 4 weeks of content material right into a week-and-a-half of labor. And with out a day to breathe, I’m staring down the barrel of a brand new month.
So, what must you count on from February? Let me inform you.
Wizards of the Coast began the 12 months by declaring warfare on the Open Gaming License, all D&D content material creators ever, and many of the publishers within the RPG house; sort of a dumbass transfer. And that warfare was all we talked about for a month. However, on January 27, Basic D.D. Past surrendered on behalf of his liege-lords of the Coast. Apparently unconditionally.
You’ll be able to learn the official assertion at D&D Past. And that’s one of the best place to get additional updates too. What you can not do is focus on it right here in my remark part. I’m sick of this crap and this replace ain’t in regards to the assholes at WotC; it’s about this asshole proper right here.
In December of 2022, I got here up with an excellent, thrilling, year-long content material plan to revitalize this right here website, to get again to my roots, and to present you all extra of what you need. Then the OGL wars broke out and 35 % of that plan was a hundred percent FUBAR. And my present content material was critically in danger. So, I made some back-end modifications, gave away some paid content material at no cost, and constructed a brand new plan. Whereas additionally writing 20,000 phrases of one of the best content material I’ve ever written.
Now that WotC has surrendered unconditionally and everybody’s bestest mates once more, I can return to the outdated plan, proper?
WotC has not surrendered something they care about it. And Content material Creators like me are nonetheless long-term screwed. We’ve received a keep of execution. That’s all. DBox One goes to be a walled backyard and I’m keen to guess cash no version of D&D will ever fall beneath something like an OGL ever once more. In lower than two years, all the things 5E will likely be irrelevant and D&D 5E’s worth to Content material Creators will likely be all used up.
Each good Content material Creator must be utilizing this time to pivot the hell away from D&D. Both that or save sufficient cash within the subsequent two years to retire.
So, what are my plans for the 12 months given all of that?
The True Sport Mastery Collection
I simply launched this superior, primary GMing course that’s both known as Mastering Sport Mastering or True Sport Mastery relying on the week. And everybody loves it. Actually everybody; not simply two of you. And so, it ain’t going anyplace. It additionally ain’t going anyplace close to Dungeons & Dragons. Luckily, although it’s rooted within the fantasy journey style, there’s nothing particularly D&D about it. So it’s straightforward for me to maintain D&D out of it.
I promised I’d frequently publish new — and completed and polished — guidelines, methods, and mechanics frequently this 12 months. Many of the hacks I’d deliberate have been centered round constructing a stable City Mode into D&D 5E. Clearly, the OGL crap scuttled that concept.
Properly, I’m unscuttling it. Largely.
Beginning in February, I’ll launch a brand new mechanical hack. Lots of them will likely be D&D 5E particular. Particularly the City Mode stuff. However a couple of hacks — one of the best hacks — are gonna be system agnostic. And the centerpiece is the newly revised, completed, and polished Stress Pool™ system which comes later this month.
Why begin by republishing one thing outdated? First, as a result of it’s central to many of the different hacks I plan to share. And second, as a result of later this 12 months, Indignant Video games is launching the long-delayed Stress Cube™ Kickstarter. So, you understand, look ahead to that.
The Slapdash Engine
This one’s going to wish some explainin’.
However not right now.
To maintain the lengthy story good and quick for now, I’m engaged on a fantasy journey RPG system. This ain’t the massive one; it ain’t The Indignant RPG. That is only a crunchy little side-project that’ll prime out at 150 pages. I ain’t planning to print it or Kickstart it or something. I’m simply making it.
Frienemy Tier Web site Supporters will get early entry to Slapdash — and all its future updates — at no cost beginning in April of this 12 months. Tentatively. The remainder of y’all will have the ability to get Slapdash within the Indignant Video games Retailer this fall. Tentatively.
I’ll discuss extra about this in the end. Particularly with my Frienemies.
However sufficient discuss massive plans in broad strokes. Let’s get all the way down to brass tacks. What’s coming this month?
Indignant February 2023 Content material Calendar
|Manufacturing Code||Tentative Title||Early Entry||Basic Launch|
|F0201||Ask Indignant Mailbag||February 7, 2023||February 14, 2023|
|F0202||True Sport Mastery:
The Declare, Decide, Describe Cycle
|February 14, 2023||February 21, 2023|
The Stress Pool
|February 21, 2023||February 28, 2023|
|F0204||True Sport Mastery:
Utilizing Cube Proper
|February 28, 2023||March 7, 2023|
Indignant February 2023 Occasion Calender
|Manufacturing Code||Occasion||Date||Time (EDT)|
|LC0223||Indignant’s Largely Month-to-month Stay Chat: February 2023||February 15, 2023||9:00 PM|
Final 12 months, I consolidated all my work — all my articles, updates, and even the super-secret podcasts solely Web site Supporters find out about — to this website, TheAngryGM.com. That moved improved my workflow, streamlined publication, and it received my work out from beneath the thumb of my third-party funding platforms. The one issues I share on Patreon and SubscribeStar are hyperlinks to my work right here.
A few of y’all nonetheless insist on commenting on these platforms as an alternative of leaving feedback right here. And all you’re doing is splitting dialogue between a number of websites and making extra work for me. If you wish to touch upon a publish, please touch upon the precise publish hosted at TheAngryGM.com. Thanks.
This 12 months’s principally The Indignant New 52. I ain’t deleting any outdated content material, however I’m making a brand new begin. One which’s straightforward for brand spanking new of us to get into. Pursuant to that, count on a few slight front-page redesigns to emphasise present content material. Most of you received’t discover something in any respect. However a few of you’ll.
I do know my archive is a multitude. I do know it’s laborious to seek out outdated content material. I do know some outdated content material has disappeared and a few outdated podcasts by no means made their method to the brand new feeds. Sadly, I don’t have any plans to do something about any of that. I’ve been writing content material for twelve years. And for many of these years, I had no concept the place all this was gonna go. Hell, I solely received into the crowdfunding factor six years in the past.
The issue is, reorganizing the outdated content material and redesigning the archive can be a large enterprise. One that will suck up quite a lot of time and vitality. And that point and vitality is a lot better spent on new content material and new initiatives.