A volta do skirmish em D&D Miniatures?

Em mais uma mudança maluca a Wizards indicou o que pode ser uma sobrevida para o jogo D&D Miniatures – o bom e velho skirmish, onde dois jogadores se enfrentam em mapas oficiais com seus exércitos (ou warbands) montados de acordo com um determinado número de pontos e facções. Desta vez, eles cederam autorização para que sejam consideradas como oficiais as estatísticas feitas pelos jogadores para as novas miniaturas e coleções que serão lançadas a partir de 2009:

As I mentioned in D&D Podcast # 28 and in my article D&D Miniatures Changes Explained it was our hope that the D&D skirmish community would continue to carry the skirmish torch for D&D Minis even after Wizards of the Coast had stopped producing the rules themselves.

Shortly after the announcement, we received several formal requests to license the skirmish rules. Based on these requests we set out to model how we would want a community-driven effort to be structured and we came up with these general principles:

The Goal: Grant an official license to community members to continue making skirmish stat cards for future D&D Miniatures releases.

  • The license would be royalty free and exclusive worldwide.
  • The license would be not-for-profit although the licensee could take “donations” to help cover expenses.
  • These would be the official D&D Minis skirmish rules as recognized by WotC.
  • WotC would retain the right to end the license and begin to develop the skirmish rules again at their discretion.
  • WotC would not review, playtest rules, or dedicate R&D resources to consult on the license but would retain the right to do so in the future.
  • WotC would provide the licensee with access to the use of copyright intellectual property including:
  • Miniatures character names and artwork
  • Proprietary icons & fonts
  • Use of D&D Miniatures trademark and logo
  • D&D Miniatures card template and layout
  • WotC would provide licensee early access to minis set lists and names in order to facilitate development of skirmish rules.
  • WotC would maintain tournament sanctioning and players ratings and rankings through the DCI database with the understanding that:
  • Licensee must use current play format nomenclature of Standard, Limited, and Vintage although they may define/redefine those formats at it’s discretion.
  • Licensee will be responsible for maintaining and updating the tournament floor rules.
  • WotC would preserve existing database functionality for DDM but will not put resources into expanding or adding functionality.
  • With these goals in mind and formal proposals in hand we decided that the group known collectively as “The Guild” had the right people, experience, enthusiasm, and most importantly the overwhelming support of the players to take on this license. We’re very excited to begin forming an official relationship with them to continue producing D&D skirmish rules moving forward.

    Nada bobos os caras da WotC! A Guilda já estava rolando desde que o fim do D&D Miniatures foi anunciado, organizado através do excelente fórum Hordelings puxada por alguns dos caras mais conceituados na comunidade e com apoio de alguns freelancers que já trabalham no jogo. Ou seja, a parada já ia rolar, mesmo que tivesse outro nome e fosse meio “bucaneira” de alguma forma, como indica este FAQ feito por eles.

    É uma solução interessante para ambas as partes – a Wizards não sai como grande vilã que extinguiu o jogo, e A Guilda vai ter o backup legal para usar nomes, marcas e templates do DDM. E no fim vai ser curioso ver como um jogo extremamente competitivo vai ser levado por sua prória comunidade de jogadores…

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