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Silver Crusade

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From a legal, ethical and economic points of view this was about the most dumb move WotC could make.

It's some nightmarish mix of corporate arrogance, complete lack of competent knowledge on mechanisms of piracy, lack of respect towards customers and just plain, pig-brained idiocy, and I think I just insulted all the well-behaving pigs out there.

All this proves that WotC/Hasbro is run by some bunch of weirdos who got their heads stuck firmly in 90s. It's the AIG mentality on a small scale.

The lawsuit part really escapes my reasoning, and unlike most honest, normal people on this planet I cannot say IANAL (I Am Not A Lawyer), because I happen to be one. What the hell are they thinking ? That a court in Philippines or Poland is going to bother with some American corporation seeking restorations for a single, 40 bucks PDF file ? In 1995 you could try this and see where it takes you, but nowadays it's really ... nah, I'm speechless.


WotC seems to be on a mission to alienate its customers.

A question to the Paizoans: Did Paizo also offer 'in perpetuity' replacements of downloads of purchased PDFs of WotC products? If the answer is yes, will Paizo attempt to speak with WotC on this matter to allow them to see reason?


THIS IS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS! I didn't make it in time to purchase things I've been putting off purchasing. I guess I naively thought that they'd be available for a long time.

Way to go WotC! You've sunk to a new low.

EDIT: And don't they know that this just encourages me to find what I want from other sources?

Silver Crusade

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Less than 9 hours left to download all that stuff. Damn.

I'm thinking that if we do see these pdfs put out by WotC again, they'll be saddled with DRMs. If the Sony BGM fiasco and SecuRom/Starforce malware tought us anything, the pirates will be living large while paying customers get screwed over even harder.

This had to have been the idea of some suit that has no idea how the internets actually work. I hope it was some Hasbro stiff at least.

So...

What products were you looking forward to getting that you won't be able to now? I was gearing up to start on a Ravenloft spree, personally.

Silver Crusade

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Roman wrote:

WotC seems to be on a mission to alienate its customers.

A question to the Paizoans: Did Paizo also offer 'in perpetuity' replacements of downloads of purchased PDFs of WotC products? If the answer is yes, will Paizo attempt to speak with WotC on this matter to allow them to see reason?

From what I've seen around and about online, Paizo has already gone to bat for their customers on this. The items are at least still available to download for a while. If what I've read is correct, RPGNow and DriveThruRPG's pdfs are already gone and unavailable.

EDIT- Anything on The Consumerist yet? If not, time to let 'em know.

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One upside to this, I might speculate that there will be a few loyal 4E/WoTC patrons who may be looking for a new system. :)

Andoran

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At least the US got a chance to buy stuff over here in the UK I woke up and the pdf's had already been pulled :(


This whole thing makes me really sad. I find it especially ironic that not a month ago Wil Wheaton was publicly crowing about how awesome it was to be able to relive his childhood through legacy pdf products.

I felt the same way, and now I am left sad.

Andoran

*sight* ok i posted my comments before... i think

yes... i think this is a bad move...
i woudl say that i would have prefered to let slip the books without giving a single dollar more to paizo

but Alternity has a special place in my hearth, between a friend and me we were able to buy 5 books we didn't have in our collection...

unfortunately a dozen or so adventures had to be be sacrificed...

well last buck i spend in WotC for sure...


Mikaze wrote:

So...

What products were you looking forward to getting that you won't be able to now? I was gearing up to start on a Ravenloft spree, personally.

I didn't get the e-mail from Paizo until an hour after the PDFs were no longer available. (I've been on my computer the whole time and my e-mail client is always open in my tray and checks my mail every 10 minutes.)

I was considering some Ravenloft PDFs, particularly anything related to Masque of the Red Death. I've got the d20 Masque of the Red Death from Sword & Sorcery and am hoping to run it as an alternate game to my present 3.5e 1374 DR Forgotten Realms game. I'll probably run Paizo's Hangman's Noose in Masque of the Red Death and just say everyone is human regardless of the few other races involved with no stat changes.

(On another note, I just recently showed some of my players the Pathfinder stuff I've been picking up and they're also psyched about a Golarion campaign after we finish with our FR game.)

Oh well, I can still find stuff on Ebay, I guess. I got Masque of the Red Death and Ravenloft Dungeon Master's Guide off Ebay in the last few months.


Wow. I wake up this morning (here in the UK) and find that my wishlist on RPGNow is now defunct.

Thank you so much. Sob, my Oriental Adventures pdf collection cannot be completed.

This is a very silly move on the part of the lawyers.


Europe is finally up - and shocked.
Just some quick thoughts:

* How much does this move hurt paizo (and rpg now)?
* Being a huge fan of D&D for more than 20 years I'm now out of all things WotC. I won't buy anything from them. I hope that at some point in the future it is possible for a company like paizo to get hold of licencies for FR, GH, PS, etc. so that these setting can survive - unless they are not annihilated by the entropic policies of WotC.

* So here are my suggestions...
** vote with your dollars
** stop buying anything from WotC
** pay the decent prices for products from paizo, Monte Cook, Kobold Quarterly, and other supporters of the 3E system
** if you use file sharing, please consider to buy some legal copies of the stuff you like, in order to support the companies that bring so much entertainment to your gaming table. They need the money to continue the quality work you are used to. Especially the prices for pdf should be affordable for everyone. Give strenght to you ally to weaken your foe.
** spread the word, that there are alternatives to 4E and wizards. Many gamers don't even know of paizo and the continued 3E support yet. Stress the advantages of the PRPG, such as you can keep your old supplemental books and run them with the best 3E game ever.


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What really pissed me of to no end is the fact that I only got notified that I can´t buy ANY WotC pdfs any longer AFTER the sales were stopped. Mind you, I don´t blame Paizo, but Wizards for giving such short notice and thus disabling me (and probably many european customers) from doing any last-minute shopping. I had thought about buying this and that over time, but, well, I guess I will just ignore WotC from now on.

And as others have said, this move will surely serve to stop piracy. *claps hands*

Stefan


Funny thing is...I have spent tons of $$ on pdfs of the 4e stuff.

Now if I want a pdf of the upcoming titles, I'll have to wait until one falls of the back of a server...so to speak.

They didn't deter pirating...they just caused it to explode exponentially...

That's what happens when a bunch of bean-counting suits takes over a nerd oriented company....this will cost them thousands of dollars in legitimate sales.

WotC is truly stupendously dense!

Osirion

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As I only just got the news here is Australia (Thanks to Paizo for trying to let everyone one know)....all I can say is that I feel like swearing. I can't believe that by pulling the legal option of getting the older PDFs they think that is going to stop piracy.

So much for my slow by steady collecting of all the 1st and 2nd ed modules.

Osirion

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Wildfire142 wrote:

At least the US got a chance to buy stuff over here in the UK I woke up and the pdf's had already been pulled :(

This is one instance where my crappy timekeeping worked in my favour.

I had to jump up from my PC to go watch 'The Shield', without time to switch off properly.

I went back to log off, and saw the messageboards on fire. Had I been organised enough to log off at 22:55, I would have been in the same boat as you.


Pat Payne wrote:

On a completely incidental and unrelated note

Does anyone know where I can buy pitchforks and torches? :P

Given the comical outrage we're seeing here, I wouldn't be surprised if pitchfork dealers see some excellent profits.

I can understand seeing this decision as short-sighted (even though it may very well not be), but the truth is that most gamers don't give a damn about PDF sales - they weren't buying any to begin with. If you don't buy PDFs, there is no reason you should care about this decision. It's just a company experimenting with a different policy. If you do buy PDFs, you won't be able to. Oh no. It might be time to find another way to get your fix. But it's not time to start a crusade over something so trivial.

Dial back the rage a few hundred notches, please.

Osirion

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Well, I got (some of) what I needed, while propping my eyes open with matchsticks, and mailing anyone I could think of who may be affected and unaware.

Got to bed at 4:00am, crashed out, woke up with crusty pinkeye, and found Paizo had beaten me to it with an email to all their customers.

Don't I feel silly. I should have known you would have given such excellent customer service.

Taldor

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Gah, too late!

Silver Crusade

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Scott Betts wrote:
It might be time to find another way to get your fix.

Given that the only ways to "get your fix" are now illegal or prohibitively expensive...


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Mikaze wrote:
Scott Betts wrote:
It might be time to find another way to get your fix.
Given that the only ways to "get your fix" are now illegal or prohibitively expensive...

And that the whole point of taking them down is supposed to be to discourage the illegal alternative... Gotta wonder about the reasoning behind the decision.

Osirion

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To be perfectly honest, I am not surprised at the decision, it is very WOTC.

What I am annoyed and frustrated about is the timing....you would think that a week's notice at least so people can pick up the stuff they want, or to check their downloads and make sure they have what they have, after all, paid for. Grrr...

Andoran

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Scott Betts wrote:
Dial back the rage a few hundred notches, please.

I'm not mad they're doing it, I'm mad that they seem to be doing it to curb filesharing. This is just the same old song and dance, and I'm tired of companies not learning.

Cheliax

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Scott Betts wrote:
Pat Payne wrote:

On a completely incidental and unrelated note

Does anyone know where I can buy pitchforks and torches? :P

Given the comical outrage we're seeing here, I wouldn't be surprised if pitchfork dealers see some excellent profits.

I can understand seeing this decision as short-sighted (even though it may very well not be), but the truth is that most gamers don't give a damn about PDF sales - they weren't buying any to begin with. If you don't buy PDFs, there is no reason you should care about this decision. It's just a company experimenting with a different policy. If you do buy PDFs, you won't be able to. Oh no. It might be time to find another way to get your fix. But it's not time to start a crusade over something so trivial.

Dial back the rage a few hundred notches, please.

Here there and everywhere. I haven't seen a single gaming website that isn't up in arms about this.

(On a side note I would also like to thank Scott for helping me win £50)

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Scott Betts wrote:
Dial back the rage a few hundred notches, please.

Hello, Scott. I hope your day has gone well so far.

With respect, no. The issue that strikes me here is the immediacy of the closure. As people have been observing, Paizo has done its level best to get the word out, but the warning has come too late for many people.

Wizards, as a company, chose to cut the PDF sales down with very little notice. An additional 24 hours would have cost them very little, and would have been a great kindness to their fanbase. It's not a question of "short-sighted," it's an issue of being rude and abrupt.

Wizards, as a company chose to discontinue to allow Paizo to offer me the downloads that I have legally purchased, despite the fact that they're personalized and manifestly not pirated material. It would have been easy to carve out exceptions for such legal purchases, and they chose not to. It's not a question of being "short-sighted," it's an issue of fairness.

Wizards, as a company, chose to publicly link this action to attempts to rein in internet piracy. I've bought all my PDFs legally, and I don't share them. In Wizards' actions and statement, the company is telling me that my actions are suspicious at best, perhaps even criminal. It's not a question of being "short-sighted," it's an issue of being deliberately provocative and insulting.

You tell us to dial back the rage. You have a lot of nerve, sir.

Scott Betts wrote:
If you do buy PDFs, you won't be able to. Oh no. It might be time to find another way to get your fix. But it's not time to start a crusade over something so trivial.

The entire hobby is trivial, Scott.

But within the hobby, the ability to look back and see the history of D&D is not a trivial aspect. As I said earlier, the real tragedy here is that, a year after E. Gary Gygax's death, and possibly on the day Dave Arneson passes away, the world of Greyhawk becomes closed to legal purchase, except whatever few hard copies a hobby store might have.

PDFs of legacy material --and I mean "legacy" here, it's not just a euphemism for "old"-- has been an essential link to what makes D&D special. It has a 35-year history. People new to the hobby who'd heard about "The Tomb of Horrors" or "what a mess the 1st Edition DMG was" or how kick-ass the original "Ravenloft" module was, or "Planescape" or ... --these folks could find cheap, legal access to this material, and see what things were like, and understand how the hobby has grown, how deep D&D's roots stretch back, and how much we owe to people like Gygax, Arneson, Zeb Cook, Jeff Grubb, Jonathan Tweet, and all the other designers whose genius paved the way to the present game.

We are, as a hobby, much the worse for this decision. Whether "most gamers" ever try to find out why D&D has a special place in the gaming hobby or not, some would, and their choices now are diminished.

Given a choice between "starting a crusade" or a snide "oh no" and cynicism, I think the first reaction is the more reasonable.

Thank you for posting, Scott. I don't agree with you, but you've helped me bring into focus some of my feelings on the matter. Have a good day.

Silver Crusade

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I would also doubt that RPGNow, DriveThruRPG, and Paizo see the move as "trivial", considering the impact this will have on their stores. Particularly PDF-only dealers.

I know you may feel flustered at all the provocation on the 4E boards(and seriously, condolences, I prefer live and let play myself), but is going "y so srs" to everyone unhappy about this for their own individual reasons really such a classy move?

Me, I've seen this crap happen before in other mediums I love, music and videogames. And it's always ended with either a class action lawsuit, customers getting screwed, or both.

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I just got home from work and it’s 30 minutes past the deadline so unfortunately I have no way to get the downloads of four Planscape pdfs and The Night Below pdf.

Thankfully I own the Planescape Monstrous Compendiums and The Night Below Boxed Set in Hard Copy.

And I am in the same boat. Too late to do anything about it (and no money left in the Credit Account even if I wanted too. Thank the 7 Heavens for the Dragon/Dungeon .pdfs still being available (if by some miraculous fluke the actually happens to be some money in the Credit Account at some distant point in the future...)

And I agree that this will just drive more people to download illegally who would have previously purchased legitimately.


Just woke up here in the UK and got the news. I have eleven Wizards PDFs at Paizo that I'm scurrying to download, and just lost a copy of the D&D Immortals Set at RPG Now.

If this is Wizards' way of making money, it's at the cost of customer goodwill - an important, intangible factor that keeps pirates at bay. If Wizards keeps showing contempt for its customers like this, they paint themselves as a villain, and D&D players more than anyone are morally okay with stealing from a villain.

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Scott Betts wrote:

Given the comical outrage we're seeing here, I wouldn't be surprised if pitchfork dealers see some excellent profits.

I can understand seeing this decision as short-sighted (even though it may very well not be), but the truth is that most gamers don't give a damn about PDF sales - they weren't buying any to begin with. If you don't buy PDFs, there is no reason you should care about this decision. It's just a company experimenting with a different policy. If you do buy PDFs, you won't be able to. Oh no. It might be time to find another way to get your fix. But it's not time to start a crusade over something so trivial.

Dial back the rage a few hundred notches, please.

Even so, from a "public relations" standpoint, it done if a very ham-handed way.

Still, Hasbro/WoTC was concerned that some people were stealing from them (... which is understandable: "Where the people that they could identify the problem or the tip of the iceberg?" Who can say?).

It will be interresting to see if in the long run, the bad press hurts more then the loss of revenue does.


Ok, after reading most of this thread up to this point, I believe that some poster should go here just to vent. I already have. so I have to give Saern credit for opening this thread way back in 06 and it is still alive. great idea. This allows all the pent up rage from some and counter arguments in a thread more suitable.

just my 2c

Qadira

This is a shame.

While I have many original scenarios and books it was nice to add to the collection now and then with additional trips down memory lane.

I shall now forget these WotC. And I shall NOT forget this WotC.

Andoran

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I haven't bought any hard copy books from WOTC since 4ed came out and then only by mistake (missus picked the three core books up for me thinking they would be a good surprise :( ).

I have though picked up the occasional older edition pdf's and was thinking about getting some of the 3.5 books in pdf to go along with my hard copies but I was waiting for the price to drop a bit.

With this move WOTC just lost any chance of any more money from me, something I think may not be unique.


I guess not enough people are buying 4e, so they make sure that the (legal) availability of former editions stuff is as low as possible.

Then, when some who previously preferred to actually pay for stuff you could steal from the net decide to go and steal it from the net rather than not play the game (because prison's better than being stuck with 4e), they put the hammer down. Scare people into getting 4e or nothing (the only smart move is, of course, to abandon wotc altogether).

It actually makes sense for them to go down hard against those who distribute early copies. It beats actually making stuff people want to buy and support - same reason the music and movie industry chose to hunt down "evil pirates" instead of encouraging people to buy the stuff.

I mean, when the 4e core books were leaked, lots of people cancelled their preorders. If they had been shipped, a lot of people would probably not have bothered to return the books, and making money is more important than having satisfied customers who are happy to pay.

The other option - you know, the one paizo does: Give away a free preview (and with preview I mean a large big 400 page beta version) to get people to be excited about the final product and want to buy it - only works if you geniunely want people to really like the stuff, as opposed to be tricked into buying by overhype.

It all goes hand in hand with their general policy: "If you're not satisfied with our products - f*** off! We want drones who buy what we sell, not those who think about products. We're the 800lb gorilla, we're allowed."

Suddenly putting an expiration date on pdfs is a very low blow.


Brix wrote:


* Being a huge fan of D&D for more than 20 years I'm now out of all things WotC. I won't buy anything from them. I hope that at some point in the future it is possible for a company like paizo to get hold of licencies for FR, GH, PS, etc. so that these setting can survive - unless they are not annihilated by the entropic policies of WotC.

Did that a looong time ago, but it's good to see more people waking up each day, and that my decision is proven to be the right one again and again.

I wonder how long it will take until even the most hard-headed fanboys will give up.


FlareStorm wrote:
Wow, I'm glad I dumped WoTC long ago and went with paizo/pathfinder. I don't have to worry about how they are going to shaft me yet again.

AMEN BROTHER!

I gave WoTC my last dime ages ago and this announcement just solidifies what I have thought of them since they took over TSR. Good riddance and kiss my @$$!

Wouldn't it be nice if Paizo and other companies stopped selling WoTC products altogether? You know, pulled the ol' switcheroo on them? Wonder how that would go over? Hmmmmmmm.

Andoran

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Those lawsuits are a terrible idea. The RIAA only gets away with them because

A) They have such a huge market that the people who get pissed off about them won't make as big an impact as those who are intimidated

B) They hide behind the guise of the RIAA and the record labels. People still like the bands and don't blame them and still buy their stuff.

With WotC though, you're attacking a nerd-culture who is a bit more educated about what's going on and far less likely to be intimidated. More likely to get PO'd about your treatment of the fans. These are PDFs we're talking about, there's a big difference in quality of content between a PDF and a physical book. PDFs are far less useful than having the physical copy (as opposed to MP3s which are frequently higher quality than CDs). I'll be perfectly open, our group has pirated just about every 3.5 WotC book and a few others as well. We also BOUGHT just about every WotC book and are STILL buying what few 3.5 books we don't yet have physical copies of. If I didn't get free PDFs with my superscription I'd probably be illicitly downloading Paizo PDFs as well as still buying the physical product.

People do what they can to support the hobby, many of us are not rich but still want to enjoy the full experience of it. Attacking those people is a horrid idea. There's a few people out there who may pirate but never buy, but in this hobby as opposed to music/movies the percentage is minuscule.

Andoran

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hedgeknight wrote:
FlareStorm wrote:
Wow, I'm glad I dumped WoTC long ago and went with paizo/pathfinder. I don't have to worry about how they are going to shaft me yet again.

AMEN BROTHER!

+1

Osirion

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+2


Kruelaid wrote:

Do they're doing this because people are snarfing their pdfs via torrents and ed2k?

I guess a lot of people have moved to usenet, which is fiendishly hard, maybe impossible, to trace.

Templeton Algrith wrote:


E.G.G., you are so missed...

At least he doesn't have to see this.

Kevida wrote:
I wonder if White Wolf will follow suit?

Nah. They may be arrogant snobs, but they have standards.

Skeld wrote:


Sorry to vent, but this has to be the most boneheaded, knee-jerk, over-reaction I've seen in a while.

Sudden? Yes. For us. I guess they planned it long ago, only waiting for a good opportunity.

Skeld wrote:


I can see killing off the 4e PDFs. I can even see ditching 3e PDFs since there are still books in the stores. But 1e/2e? Those haven't been available on the open market in years.

I cannot see anything here.


Never used usenet - is it safe from viruses?
I am still a Limewire user.

Andoran

Are the older editions still on rpgnow.com? I wonder if WOTC is "mad" about Pathfinder?

Mike


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While IAAL, I am by no means an expert in US-american law. Still, I am wondering what this move spells for RPGnow & co. Didn't they sell PDF products with the stipulation that they could be redownloaded again and again? Then that's part of what the customers paid for with their money. By violating these terms, RPGnow could be looking at a lawsuit either way, either because they violate the agreement they have with WotC or because a customer decides to sue them ...

Re: the filesharing issue: I wonder which percentage of "shared" RPG sourcebooks on the internet are files that were formerly watermarked, then cracked - and which percentage is just plain scans made by some guy at home who just had a scanner handy? WotC's logic may be faulty in more than one way here.

Either way, if I hadn't already decided to stop supporting WotC, I would do so now. Way to alienate your customer base.

Silver Crusade

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Just before it starts, let's avoid any talk about intending to resort to piracy folks. Not classy, especially on the site of a small (but rad) company that depends greatly on its intellectual property.


Qstor wrote:

Are the older editions still on rpgnow.com? I wonder if WOTC is "mad" about Pathfinder?

Mike

They fear paizo as "the other dnd", thus they draw a line between them and the others. They want to discourage people playing the alternative D&D

Andoran

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If you read the press release, this all started over --among other unnamed issues, I'm sure-- file sharing of the new 4e PH2.

Particularly distressing to me is the fact that a 4e product is the spearhead for losing all the good old edition products making up my non-Paizo PDF library.

I spent two hours today downloading my library off the Paizo server and grabbing up a few other old edition titles I had yet to buy.

I fail to see how Pirate Bay is causing any significant WotC profit loss through the file sharing of pdf copies of the 1E Player's Handbook.

Don't forget that 10 years ago they weren't making any money off their OOP titles.


Qstor wrote:

Are the older editions still on rpgnow.com?

Not as far as I know. They want all that stuff gone to eliminate competition for 4e. They know they cannot beat the old flavour.

hedgeknight wrote:
Never used usenet - is it safe from viruses?

Not as far as I know. The content is still not controlled by anyone if I remember correctly.

I guess you'll be alright if you keep your virus scanner fired up, don't use stuff that has weird file endings (the famous "why is this movie file in .exe format?" or "if this is self-extracting, why can't I extract them with my winrar like usual" syndrome), and get your postings from a nice forum, your system is safe.

The main advantage - beyond the "cannot be traced" part, which only matters if you download stuff you don't want to have traced - is the speed. Since the stuff rests on servers, you can get everything full speed.


Nerd rage aside, I'm now considering my other *legal* options. Are there any good websites where you can buy OOP D&D books that ships to Europe (apart from ebay)?

Any chance of Paizo saving us once again and offering a second hand section of the online store?

Peace,

tfad


I think this all has a lot more to do with locking retailers into a contract and controlling selection more than it has anything to do with piracy. Pulling all sales on account of three suits? There's no way that's the determining factor in this move.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Mikaze wrote:
Just before it starts, let's avoid any talk about intending to resort to piracy folks. Not classy, especially on the site of a small (but rad) company that depends greatly on its intellectual property.

Not only that, but discussing illegal activities with the intention to commit them is a) kinda dumb and b) against Paizo's messageboard policy.

But I have to agree that this move seems more likely to drive people towards pirating this material than away from it.

Whether or not it was a smart move by WotC (my opinion is not), it seems very unfair that there was virtually no notice.

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