A Gnoll and The Controversy

Huh, it’s been a bit since I posted, mostly because I finished this guy and then started another without getting a blogpost about him first. He’s the “Gnoll Warrior/Gnoll Fighter” from the Reaper Bones line. I checked, and it turns out that Reaper has done quite a few gnoll figures, more than I would have expected. This is a fine Bones figure with decent detail, but my one complaint is that he is freaking huge. He’s on a two inch base which does a decent job for him, but is rather large for a “medium humanoid” which is usually how gnolls end up being described in common fantasy RPG’s.

Speaking of common fantasy RPG’s, every social media platform I know is losing its collective mind over the “leaked” purported change to the Open Game License (OGL), version 1.1. You can read a lot more about it here, although my googling searching for THAT article revealed a breaking news story from an hour ago of the time of the writing of this post saying that Hasboro/WotC is considering a version 2.0 that may amend the firestorm coming from third party content creators. My bet? They keep the 25% royalty penalty on the “expert” tier creators, namely their chief rivals Paizo Press, et al. while extending more creative ownership to lower-tier creators, namely your legion of TikTokers, garage publications, etc. But who knows, because while on one hand this does look like a company looking to claim power, control, and profit back to an IP they actually own while alienating a massive fan base that introduced thousands of people into a very niche hobby in such as way that the game is enjoying more cultural relevance than ever, it also looks a lot like the fable about the frog and the scorpion. If you don’t know it, the scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river (since it can not swim). The frog is reluctant, knowing the scorpion’s predilection for stinging things. But the scorpion swears it won’t and the frog agrees. Halfway across, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog, dying, asks why the scorpion would perform such a self-destructive act and the frog says that it is his nature, and the frog knew it.

Comments welcome.

One comment

  1. The Alexandrian had a good video on the history of OGL. WOTC already engaged in pretty dubious behaviour around the OGL with the transition into 4th edition.

    It’ll be interesting to see if this faceplant by WOTC/Hasbro will result in a explosion of people trying other systems.

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