Supplementing My Stash of AD&D Material #ADnD #DnD #RPG #WotC

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Sundays now are lazy days for me. I either post something silly or other people’s work. Usually both. Today, it’s about someone else’s work. If you follow this blog, it’s impossible not to know that I’m preparing for a return to 1st Edition AD&D. This week, I received the bulk of my new purchases.

I’m still awaiting three more titles: The Monster Manual II, the Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Unearthed Arcana. I don’t expect to make full use of this collection. A lot of this is to complete my collection, but even the stuff I don’t use will help me enhance the stuff I do use. As far as I’m concerned, none of this was a waste of money . . . except for I2: Tomb of the Lizard King, for which I accidentally bought two copies. That cost me only an extra $10. Fortunately, I’ve already sold and mailed it.

In case you’re wondering, I bought these via the DMs’ Guild, which is “direct” from Wizards of the Coast, but they run off the Drive Thru RPG engine. I’m not 100% sure of the relationship, but regardless of which site I’m on, I see the purchases I made from both. They were promised to he delivered within two weeks, but I got them within five days. Someone on MeWe pointed out one drawback of buying the reprinted adventures: The maps aren’t removeable. This is true, but it’s not a problem if, like me, you’ll actually run the game with the (bookmarked) PDFs. In all other ways, the adventures are the same as the original ones, but they’re reasonably priced. Getting a good price on any of these is possible, but it takes a lot of patience. Most of them cost literally 100s of dollars until you find that one offering that’s reasonable. I just bit the bullet and bought want I wanted for my collection without any danger of overpaying.

I have zero regrets.

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Follow up on the Magic: The Gathering Suit #gaming #mtg @wizards_mtg

Based on the opinion of at least one a labor law attorney, WotC will be deemed an employer. I don’t believe this is good for the community, but the law is the law.

Note: I don’t understand the analysis of that attorney. I still see a huge distinction between the cases, but as I don’t work in employment law, I don’t appreciate all the subtleties that may apply. It does leave me scratching my head that I feel this is a slam-dunk for WotC, yet this attorney believes it’s a slam-dunk for the judges.

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Breaking: Wizards Under Fire for Providing Enjoyment to Many #Gaming #MTG @wizards_magic

Wizards of the Coast was just sued by several Magic: the Gathering judges. The complaint can be found here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/309867466/Shaw-Et-Al-v-Wizards-of-the-Coast-LLC. I’ve read the complaint, but I just found out about this, and I’ve spoken with no one about this. That being said….

This is crazy. Probably not enough to get sanctions against the plaintiffs, but crazy. They allege and employer-employer relationship, but I don’t see a logical basis for that claim, which would mean that the entire suit falls apart. (Note: They don’t need to prove that basis at this point. I’m simply stating that, in my mind, there’s no factual basis for that claim.) I don’t play Magic, but I’ve organized RP games for the DC area for over a decade, even running a convention for a couple of years. During the 3rd edition, Living Greyhawk days, I took two tests to earn some sort of certification as a judge. Nevertheless, we all know that this is volunteer work. We’re “working” for the community, not the company, and I know of no instance when WotC has ever claimed that judges were anything other than volunteers.
 
Most important to me is, if Shaw, et al. win, without exaggeration, I predict that it’s the end of organized play of any sort. If everyone who judges a game day for Magic, Dungeons & Dragons, or any other organized play event would need to be paid, reimbursed for expenses, etc., then these events have negative value to the companies that sanction them. There’s simply no reason even to allow them, let alone provide support for them.
In the long run, who does that help (other than the attorneys for the plaintiff)?
Please, if someone has a different view, let me know. If your argument is, “It’s really hard work,” then you’re missing my point. I’m one of the last people that needs to be lectured on how much work this sort of thing is. I’ve done it for a decade, suffering massive burnout from time to time, but it doesn’t justify me being paid.

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