2013 was a tumultuous year for role-playing games, featuring everything from pedophiles to child cannibals, claims of plagiarism to the start/stop emergence of classic Dungeons & Dragons material in electronic format. Here's what was covered in 2013.
- Everyone wanted Dungeons & Dragons to return to PDF when every issue of Dragon and Polyhedron appeared online. It turned out to be illegally uploaded.
- Eventually, Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) rescinded their ban on all things PDF and launched DNDClassics.com
- This brought up the question as to whether or not printed RPGs are even viable as a business model.
- We got an ugly look at how WOTC dealt with its licensing agreements, particularly Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons.
- And speaking of licensing agreements, Mystara became a topic of discussion when author Tracey Alley was accused of plagiarizing the campaign for her self-published books.
- In the transition from 4th to 5th Edition, Dungeons & Dragons went silent, with WOTC pulling back from Gen Con.
- Meanwhile, Pathfinder continued to trounce 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons in sales.
- Popular Pathfinder publisher Super Genius Games lost two-thirds of its members to found another company.
- And Pathfinder supporter Clark Peterson's role-playing activities came under scrutiny from disgruntled plaintiffs as his day job as a judge intruded on his game company.
- Pedophiles with ties to role-playing games came up not once, but twice, with justice served for both Edward Kramer and Geoffrey Portway.
My predictions for the Dungeons & Dragons brand in 2014 are covered here.
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