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How to Use the Creative Commons!

The Creative Commons license is becoming a popular method for companies and creators to work in the same space. Learn what the CC license does and how to use CC material in your products or make your product usable by others using the CC license.

July 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pathfinder Never Outsold 4E D&D (ICYMI)

The myth that Paizo’s Pathfinder outsold Dungeons & Dragons 4E endures, but it is a myth worth slaying.

July 8, 2023 · 7 Comments

How to Use the OGL to Create RPG Products!

D&D and some other companies provide an Open Gaming License you can use to create products utilizing their systems. Learn what the OGL and similar licenses are like, how to use them, when to use them, and when not to use them!

June 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

Improve Your Adventures and Campaigns by Focusing on Threats

The 5E Dungeon Master’s Guide narrowly defines a villain and their role in an adventure. By widening the definition and leaning into the concept of Threats, we can create better campaigns and adventures.

June 1, 2023 · 2 Comments

RPG Fan Content Polices: How to Use Them (and Avoid Problems)

On the show Success in RPGs I look at how to make the most of Fan Content Policies. Learn what you can do and how to avoid problems!

May 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Wizards Redefines One D&D at the Creator Summit

My D&D Summit review ends with the 2024 core rules presentation. Here is how it redefines One D&D.

April 25, 2023 · 10 Comments

The Future of D&D Beyond at the Creator Summit

At the D&D Summit, Wizards of the Coast presented its vision for D&D Beyond and asked for feedback. Here is what we learned and asked for.

April 20, 2023 · 5 Comments

The Future of the D&D VTT at the Creator Summit

The D&D Summit allowed attendees a clearer picture of what the Wizards of the Coast Virtual Table Top aims to offer, and the obstacles to getting there.

April 13, 2023 · 11 Comments

The Community Rises at the D&D Creator Summit

Attendees of the D&D Creator Summit rose up to discuss issues critical to our hobby. I review the issues and actionable items.

April 7, 2023 · 20 Comments

Assessing the D&D Creator Summit

What took place at the D&D Creator Summit? This overview covers the main events, with an eye towards actionable improvements for future events.

April 6, 2023 · 16 Comments

D&D Beyond Launches Community Stream with Forge of Foes

Wizards of the Coast continues to make changes in the aftermath of the OGL fiasco. This week, D&D Beyond launched a Community Stream, highlighting a third-party creator. They chose the Forge of Foes!

March 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

What Compatibility Means for One D&D

Wizards says it will ensure One D&D is compatible with 5E and its SRD. Here’s the good and bad of what it takes to be compatible.

March 20, 2023 · 2 Comments

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