Shitty Behavior

About Wizards of the Coast’s rug pull and about covering my own butt

(Disclaimer: This Article is about breaking news and may be changed as events unfold.)

Chapter 1 – Beware The Greedy OGL

I am sure some of you have heard about the recent Open Gaming License (OGL) controversy that has blown up on social media. As someone who has been following this story closely, I wanted to take a moment to break down what this controversy is all about, and explain why it is something that all DD fans should care about.

First, let me give you a little background on what the OGL is. The OGL is a legal framework that allows creators to make and sell content based on DD, but with certain restrictions. This license has been in place for many years, and has allowed for the creation of a vast array of unofficial DD content, such as books, modules, and even entire campaigns. However, recent changes made by Wizards of the Coast, the company that owns DnD, have caused a stir among the DnD community.

These changes include canceling the previous OGL, significantly reducing what content creators can make, and forcing those who profit from their creations to report it directly to Wizards of the Coast. This has caused a lot of concern among content creators, as it limits their ability to profit from their work and puts more power in the hands of Wizards of the Coast. Additionally, the new OGL also encourages the use of Kickstarter over any other platform, and any non-Kickstarter revenue over $750K will incur a 25% royalty. This means that the new OGL is directly encouraging the use of kickstarter over any other platform.

Another major concern is that the new OGL retroactively unauthorizes and discontinues the older OGL 1.0 license. This means that old third-party publications that had been published under the OGL 1.0 license become illegal and will in the future violate copyright after the OGL 1.1 publication. This is a huge problem for creators, as it means that their previously legal work is now considered to be in violation of copyright law.

As a fan of DD, I understand why these changes have caused so much concern among the community. The OGL has been a vital tool for the creation of unofficial DD content, and these changes significantly limit the ability of creators to profit from their work. Additionally, the new OGL’s encouragement of Kickstarter over other platforms, the discontinuation of the older OGL and the retroactive unauthorization of previous legal work, all these limit the freedom of creators and put more power in the hands of Wizards of the Coast.


Chapter 2 – A Boy Indestructible

Meet Indestructoboy, also known as Taron Pounds, a professional freelance graphic designer, and Platinum Best-Selling author. He’s a dedicated content creator for DnD. He has created a variety of DnD-related materials and supplements, such as the widely popular Magic Item Cards 5e, which can be found on his website. Likewise, he also shares his experiences and insights about DnD on his YouTube channel, where he engages with a sizable community of TTRPG enthusiasts. Recently he took a very critical stance of the OGL1.1 wizards anounced.

Indestructoboy may have discovered a loophole in the recent updates to the Open Gaming License. According to a Reddit post [5], Indestructoboy suggests that the OGL 1.1, which was recently leaked and caused a lot of controversy within the DD community, may contain a loophole that allows creators to continue making and selling DD-related content with fewer restrictions.

In this video, he talks about the possibility, that if you ever published a piece of content under the original OGL there might be a chance, that you actually do not have to switch to the new one. And thanks to him, everybody can quickly publish his Viva la Revolution Document.

If you want to publish your own „Viva la Revolution – Document“, simply make a copy of the following Google Docs Document, edit the yellow sections make a PDF, watermark it and release it somewhere on the Internet.

Viva La Revolution!

However, it’s important to note that I couldn’t find any official confirmation on this information and the authenticity of this claim is not confirmed. The OGL 1.1 is a complex legal document, and it’s possible that Indestructoboy has found a way to interpret the rules in a way that allows for more creative freedom. But it’s also possible that this information is not accurate, and it’s important to wait for official confirmation from Wizards of the Coast before jumping to any conclusions.


Chapter 3 – Covering My Own Butt

And here you Go:

Thank you Indestructoboy!

FEATURE FORGE

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Hey friends!

I just wanted to share with you my new little side project – a Python program that uses GPT-3 (short for “Generative Pre-training Transformer 3”) to generate abilities and magic weapons for your DnD (short for “Dungeons and Dragons”) game.

Some of you might not be familiar with GPT-3 or programming in general, so let me explain a bit about what this means. GPT-3 is a state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) model developed by OpenAI. It has the ability to generate human-like text.

So, basically, there is already a bunch of information about DnD abilities and magic weapons in GPT-3, and it was able to use that information to generate new and unique ones on its own. It’s like having your very own personal magic weapon and ability generator at your fingertips!

Now, I know what you might be thinking – “Why would I need this? Can’t I just come up with abilities and magic weapons on my own?” Well, sure, you could do that. But sometimes, it’s fun to let a machine take the reins and come up with something totally unexpected and out-of-the-box. Plus, it’s a great way to spice up your DnD game and keep things interesting.

Unfortunately, in order to use this program, you’ll need to obtain an API key from OpenAI. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do!
If you want to use it, you can obtain a key and all relevant information here:

Open AI API-Key

Without further ado, I present to you: Feature Forge!

Just run the cells (with the little play buttons) in order, Enter your API-Key when prompted, choose the type of ability or magic weapon you want, and voilà! You’ll have a brand new, never-before-seen ability or magic weapon to add to your DnD arsenal.

I hope you guys enjoy this little tool as much as I do. Happy gaming!

FEATURE FORGE

Postscript:

I wanted to quickly mention that the images generated by Feature Forge are generated by AI and are intended for private use only (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Please note that the weapon generation is currently not fully completed.

I am also still working on the function that will output the weapon/ability as a beautiful PNG file at the end. This is currently not available yet.

I hope you can still enjoy Feature Forge and that it serves as a welcome addition to your DnD games.


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Hey Freunde!

Ich wollte euch nur mein neues kleines Sideproject zeigen – ein Python-Programm, das GPT-3 (abkürzung für „Generative Pre-training Transformer 3“) verwendet, um Fähigkeiten und magische Waffen für eure DnD (abkürzung für „Dungeons and Dragons“) Spiele zu generieren.

Einige von euch könnten vielleicht nicht mit GPT-3 oder Programmierung im Allgemeinen vertraut sein, also lass mich ein bisschen darüber erklären, was das bedeutet. GPT-3 ist ein state-of-the-art natürliche-Sprache-verarbeitungs-Modell (NLP), das von OpenAI entwickelt wurde. Es hat die Fähigkeit, menschenähnlichen Text zu generieren.

Also, grundsätzlich gibt es bereits eine Menge Informationen über DnD Fähigkeiten und magische Waffen in GPT-3, und es ist in der Lage, diese Informationen zu nutzen, um neue zu generieren. Es ist wie ein persönlicher Magiewaffen- und Fähigkeitsgenerator!

Jetzt weiß ich, was ihr vielleicht denkt – „Warum brauche ich das? Kann ich nicht einfach selbst Fähigkeiten und magische Waffen ausdenken?“ Nun, ja, das könntest du. Aber manchmal ist es lustig, einer Maschine die Zügel zu überlassen und etwas völlig Unerwartetes und Seltsames zu generieren. Außerdem ist es eine tolle Möglichkeit, dein DnD-Spiel aufzumischen und interessant zu halten.

Leider musst du, um dieses Programm nutzen zu können, einen API-Schlüssel von OpenAI beziehen. Mach dir keine Sorgen, das ist einfach! Wenn du es verwenden möchtest, kannst du hier einen Schlüssel und alle relevanten Informationen besorgen:

Open AI API-Key

Führe einfach die Zellen (mit den kleinen Play-Buttons) in der Reihenfolge aus, gib deinen API-Schlüssel ein, wenn du dazu aufgefordert wirst, wähle den Typ von Fähigkeit oder magischer Waffe, den du möchtest, und schwupps! Du hast eine brandneue, noch nie zuvor gesehene Fähigkeit oder Waffe für dein DnD-Arsenal.

Ohne weitere Umschweife, ich präsentiere euch: Feature Forge!

Ich hoffe, ihr habt so viel Freude an diesem Tool wie ich. Lasst keinen Drachen am leben!

FEATURE FORGE

Post Scriptum:

Ich wollte noch kurz erwähnen, dass die Bilder, die von Feature Forge erzeugt werden, von einer AI generiert werden und nur für den privaten Gebrauch bestimmt sind (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Bitte beachtet, dass die Waffengeneration derzeit noch nicht vollständig ist.

Außerdem arbeite ich noch an der Funktion, die die Waffe/Fähigkeit am Ende als schöne PNG-Datei ausgibt. Dies ist momentan noch nicht verfügbar.

Ich hoffe, dass ihr Feature Forge trotzdem genießen könnt und es eine willkommene Ergänzung für eure DnD-Spiele darstellt.