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    Basic D&D

    Woohoo. Better than an OGL. WotC have announced Basic D&D and its going to be free!

    http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.a...d/4ll/20140527

    Here's hoping this means there will be no constraints to including a Basic D&D module with the 5E ruleset. Doug - over to you to charm WotC.
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    Providing something for free usually doesn't mean that it is without copyright. I would be very surprised if WotC release this without the material being copyright protected.

    Still, good news that these basic rules will be available for free. Hopefully Doug can do some magic with WotC.
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    I have a good feeling about 5ed. Something tells me WotC are finally starting to really listen. I am really hoping that they won't be opposed to Smiteworks bundling an approved conversion of the Basic Rules PDF in a FG Module along with the 5E ruleset. Fingers crossed.
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    Sweet news!

    But talk about contradictory...

    Basic D&D is a PDF that covers the core of the game. It’s the equivalent of the old D&D Rules Cyclopedia, though it doesn’t have quite the same scope (for example, it won’t go into detail on a setting). It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options.

    But the best part? Basic D&D is a free PDF. Anyone can download it from our website. We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that.

    If Basic D&D is the equivalent of the classic Rules Cyclopedia, then the three core rulebooks are analogous to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Want more character options? Pick up a Player’s Handbook. Looking for more critters for your campaign? The Monster Manual has you covered. Want to sculpt a unique campaign? Pick up the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Still, Basic D&D is the true heart of the game and could easily provide a lifetime of gaming.
    Mixing Basic and AD&D?

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    "We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that."
    I think the best way to do that is with the OGL and SRD, created by a previous group of people at WotC and continued by Paizo with the PRD. As Trenloe says, a free PDF can still be copyrighted. Still, one can hope...
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    Quote Originally Posted by damned View Post
    Sweet news!

    But talk about contradictory...

    Mixing Basic and AD&D?
    Mixing? Not sure, it appears to be an attempt to remodel the old D&D Basic Box Set with the latter AD&D 1ed. I'm interpreting it as the three core books being a superset of the basic D&D rules. Not long to wait now I guess until we find out for sure. There's lots of debate over at ENWorld.

    [email protected]: If its truly free and intended to be placed in the hands of as many people as they can, as they state. Then I find it hard to believe they will be opposed to a FG module (subject to the content not changing, suitable acknowledgements/copyright notices being applied and approval from the good folk at Wizard's before release).
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    [email protected]: If its truly free and intended to be placed in the hands of as many people as they can, as they state. Then I find it hard to believe they will be opposed to a FG module (subject to the content not changing, suitable acknowledgements/copyright notices being applied and approval from the good folk at Wizard's before release).
    Thats the line Id be running with in any negotiations!

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    We have been in semi-consistent contact with WoTC. I've sent a direct request regarding this and will share what I can, when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damned View Post
    Sweet news!

    But talk about contradictory...



    Mixing Basic and AD&D?
    It's like crossing the Streams in Ghostbusters... nothing could possibly go wr.... ARRGGGG! End of the world!

    Sounds like they really should have called "Basic D&D" "D&D Core Rules" instead, with everything else being an add on expansion.

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