These past few weeks have been tumultuous for the TTRPG industry, to say the least. We at Ghostfire Gaming owe our success to our fans and supporters throughout the years, and so we want to communicate our thoughts on recent events to the community.
We’ve been listening closely to the broader conversation as it unfolds, ensuring we have all the information to pave the road ahead for our team and our community.
To our legion of backers: we’re committed to our customers, protecting what we’ve created and delivering on what we’ve promised. We can assure all our backers the projects below currently in production will remain 5e products (under the OGL v1.0a), unless circumstances beyond our control say they can’t be.
- Arora: Age of Desolation – Ghostfire Gaming
- Sebastian Crowe’s Guide to Drakkenheim – The Dungeon Dudes
- Fables Season 3: Agents of the Empire – Ghostfire Gaming
- Sunken Isles – Eldermancy
Our next Kickstarter, Grim Hollow: Valikan Clans, is planned for release under v1.0a as the content is 90% complete. We await further clarification on the OGL before committing to this, but that is our intention.
5th Edition has been at the core of our products to date, for which we will always be grateful. However, until we hear more definitive answers about what the future of the OGL will hold, we can’t agree to a new license that would negatively impact us or our supporters.
Going forward we believe, like so many of our friends have stated, that open gaming makes the TTRPG publishing space stronger, resilient, and agile for creators of all levels. The principles of the open gaming license have helped expand the fanbase, foster amazing work and talent, and are central to the long-term survival of TTRPG’s.
Because of the chaos surrounding the exact terms of a new OGL, we have no choice but to make alternate plans for our future products. We’d love to continue making 5e-compatible products, but within the chaos is born new opportunities and innovations. We will be talking to those in the Ghostfire family and other third-party friends to find the best way forward with our remarkable community and the hobby we love. Whether that is finding a different Path, or sailing under a new Flag – it’s still being discussed, but it will likely involve the Open RPG Creative License (ORC). This new system-agnostic license is a work in progress. However, the direction is clear and a strategy is in place with a huge network of talented individuals participating.
The wellbeing and fulfilment of our team, freelance community, partnerships, backers and broader community are of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to prioritize this in all that we do. As we journey on, we shall provide updates as we know more. But for now, we extend our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you for your steadfast support of Third Party Publishers.
Finally and with love, many in our team have worked for and with WOTC–especially members of their design team. We’d ask our supporters to please respect those working at Wizards of the Coast, as they are part of our community and we do not condone abuse of any kind.
As we journey on, we shall be providing more updates. For now we extend our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you for your support and we can’t wait to keep adventuring with you in all that comes next.