Why Are Any of You Surprised?
So, WoTC has very suddenly and arbitrarily pulled all sales
of WoTC intellectual property from both Paizo and RPGnow, not even allowing (in the latter case) the downloading of pre-bought products anymore, or for the last time. It also means that essentially, WoTC is making it impossible to legitimately buy PDFs of old TSR products or old WoTC products, meaning you can no longer get OD&D, 1e, 2e or 3e products.
Its fucked. It means that you could have legitimately bought something from RPGnow which entitled you to ongoing downloads, and now that right, YOUR property, is being stolen from you by WoTC. Who's the pirate now, bitch?
Oh, and speaking of that, WoTC is suing eight gamers for internet piracy of their new PHBII.
AND, they claim none of this has anything to do with their new retailer agreements, sure....
But what really does surprise me is just how many people claim to be SHOCKED, SHOCKED by WoTC's attitude here. I've only been telling you people this since day one. They started 4e with a lie. They had said they weren't going to release 4e that year and they did anyways. From that moment on I knew the new policy was "don't give a shit about the customer"; it was right back to the good old Lorraine-Williams days of "D&D fans will like what we want them to like
That so many of you seem so utterly dumbfounded by this now, after they've been doing dick move after dick move toward their customers. Its only been evident since day zero of the new edition.
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