What's topical? This LJ has been a clearing house of thoughts about the GSL and legalities in its wake. So let's talk about Wizards of the Coast licensing for a second.
As fans of D20 and PDF may know, Scott Rouse said in a forum post at ENWorld that publishers had until the end of the year to stop using the D20 logo. Although the legal lingo over at the wizards site was never updated to reflect this, many publishers took this as correct, and decided to stop selling several currently D20 branded products in their catalogs. This could be due to GSL "poison pill" provisions impact on future plans, not wanting to deal with the hassle of removing/covering the logo in PDF products, and/or simply capatalize on the "going out of business sale" style marketing.
Whatever the case, there are a few products you won't find around anymore:
- Goodman Games' D20 branded lines. This includes 3.5 Dungeon Crawl Classics, Wicked Fantasy Factory, Complet Guides, and Broncosaurus Rex. (Etherscope was never D20 branded and still available, but is a nice little D20 modern derived setting if you are looking for such a thing.)
- Highmoon Media Productions' Monkey God PDFs are gone, including their widely adored From Stone to Steel and Frost and Fur.
- Adamant's D20 Masterkit line is no longer avaiable, such as the popular Hot Pursuit and Hot Pursuit 2 chase rules, Dread Codex vol I & II, and the Corsair nautical rules.
Some retailers have taken actions to ensure that products remain available, however:
- Green Ronin has replaced the D20 logo on D20 branded product with their "3rd Era" logo. Very slick, I think.
- Crafty Games has uploaded updated version of their classic Spycraft line with the D20 logo removed.
- Necromancer Games' wilderlands titles disappeared, but per James Mishler, the intent was to use a feature provided by OneBookShelf to cover up the D20 logo. However, they still aren't available yet.
So, it looks life as a consumer of 3e-SRD-derived OGL PDF products goes on.
There are some other interesting developments of us 4e-unfans, but that's perhaps a matter for another blog after I have had a chance to inspect it.