September 22, 2023

RPG News 9/20/21

Paizo Controversy

The makers of Pathfinder and Starfinder headed into their online GenCon presentation mired in controversy. Former Paizo project manager Jessica Price unloaded on the company in a long Twitter thread. The thread alleges myriad issues with upper management including a culture of harassment, unsanitary working conditions, and chronic under-resourcing for several teams.

Company President, Jeff Alverez, released a statement on Wednesday wishing to “to strongly reaffirm the company’s commitment to the ideals of inclusiveness and diversity in gaming.” Although he didn’t address any of Price’s specific claims, he issued a follow up statement today on the company’s blog outlining steps management is taking to address concerns.

Pathfinder and Starfinder Infinite

In more positive news, Paizo has announced a program similar to the Dungeons and Dragons open gaming license. Creators will now be able to make and sell content using Pathfinder and Starfinder rulesets. OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG, DriveThruCards, Astral Tabletop) will be hosting and managing the program in a manner reminiscent of the Dungeon Masters Guild 5e content (incidentally where you can buy our latest D&D release if you’re so inclined).

D&D Musical

Wizards of the Coast announced The Circus of Sound, the first ever Dungeons and Dragons musical. The two hour production will be performed on the second day of this year’s D&D Celebration. As the name implies, the plot will center on a magical carnival. Based on the existing branding of D&D Celebration 2021 and what we know of the subject matter, it will likely tie-in to the impending release of The Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign.

Catch up on any news you missed from last week here!