I’m still waiting to hear more.
I’ve been reading and listening to some of the early fallout of what happened during Monday’s Wizards of the Coast D&D Content Creator Summit. I’m thrilled to hear that it sounds like some people ripped into WotC much the same way that I would have. My main concern two weeks ago was that it was just going to be a Public Relations engine spewing WotC’s praises. Turns out that was not the case.
I’m not going to name any one specific creator or any of their direct comments. *I’m already blocked by a couple of those fine folx on Twitter, anyway… I’m still wanting to apologize for some things said before Summit. But that’s another issue entirely.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for some of the live conversations that were had. I gather at some point after the lunch break the discussions got pretty heated and the OGL fracas came up often. Apparently a couple of the people who attended really laid into Kyle Brink and company about some of WotC’s shenanigans
I still haven’t heard if the ten or so questions I submitted with someone came up. There’s still hope, and I’ll pass that info along as soon as I get it. Someone I trust took a list with them. I’ll be curious to see what was said, if anything.
Here’s one question I don’t think anyone is asking:
Why isn’t WotC doing more things with the PUBLIC? Why not have a Town Hall style meeting? Are they that afraid of the fans? of the “community?”
I would prefer if there was a front-facing representative on say, YouTube, who answers directly to WotC. It’s like they could do the same thing on Twitter, and Instagram for example. I’m not saying anything bad about Content Creators. What I am asking is, why can’t WotC seem to figure out how to interface directly with the “community” aka THE FANS??? Are we that scary?
Out comes my Tinfoil Hat for a moment.
Apparently there was mention of complications around DMsGuild.com and OneBookShelf. Maybe, just maybe some of my crazy conspiracy theories will yet hold water. It’s not a boast so much as I’m starting to see things coming into focus more clearly now.
I still don’t think WotC’s shenanigans have all come to light. It’s becoming more obvious by the day that some of us just aren’t buying into the smoke and mirrors.
On Content Creators.
I hear Content Creators went off during the Summit about how they caught heat on Twitter from all of the “toxic” members of the community because they were invited to it. I’m sure I’m probably considered one of them, only because I used the word “shill” in an article title and mentioned a couple of content creators by name, which of course was misread as me calling everyone there a shill.
What I meant to say was, “Be wary of WotC. Use lots of discernment. Don’t believe everything they say.”
From what I’ve heard so far, some Content Creators called WotC out on exactly what I was describing. Yes, I’m that guy that would have said something if I thought we were just getting a PR hack job. If WotC can’t discuss VTT membership prices, system requirements, or give straight answers to Content Creators? What does that say for what WotC thinks about the entire D&D community?
Yes, the Content Creators/Influencers who went to the Summit did a great job of representing the community. I’m frustrated that WotC can’t seem to interface directly with people that don’t have tens of thousands of followers on YouTube or Twitch. I think it shows a lack of intestinal fortitude on WotC’s part. But the people they chose to interface-with seemed to give them enough feedback for now. Good job, all.
I wonder if we’ll get WotC Apology Tour Part 3 any time soon? I’m going to dip out for now so I don’t get in trouble. More clear details on the Summit if/when they become available. Thanks for being here.