According to reliable sources, Dungeons and Dragons is contemplating developing a monthly membership scheme for One D&D. These reports are the latest in an ongoing scenario involving Dungeons & Dragons’ efforts to impose additional control on content developers via revisions to the Open Game License.
These claims were originally spread by Hos of Dungeon Scribe, a Dungeons and Dragons content writer and illustrator for products such as Munchkin: Critical Role, and were subsequently confirmed by DnD Shorts, a well-known D&D TikTok personality and ardent supporter of the current OpenDnD movement on Twitter. Both developers acknowledge that these leaks have been confirmed by Wizards of the Coast sources.
According to the leak, Dungeons and Dragons will revamp the D&D Beyond subscription service at the request of Wizards of the Coast digital game vice president Chris Cao. The most expensive tier would cost $30 a month and would include exclusive content drops. Homebrew would be prohibited at the lowest levels, and D&D still intends to deauthorize the original OGL in the process. The leak also introduces the concept of AI-DMs, which would employ simplified gameplay for players without a dungeon master.
I can confirm these changes are what @Wizards digital game VP Chris Cao has planned for the future of D&D
The $30pm is for the highest tier, and includes monthly content drops
Their dream is everyone paying $30pm to play
Hos is correct on everything, confirmed by WotC sources https://t.co/nqCYanGIsD
— DnD_Shorts (@DnD_Shorts) January 16, 2023
Since the initial rumours in this ongoing scandal surfaced, the Dungeons & Dragons community has been on fire. According to the most recent leak, the famous DnDBegone Twitter trend has already forced over 40,000 users to quit their current D&D Beyond memberships.
Given the conditions, it’s difficult to imagine that a significant modification to D&D Beyond’s membership service would be warmly accepted by Dungeons and Dragons gamers right now. Many fans are already upset with Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro’s recent moves. If it reveals a monthly fee that is more than that of an MMORPG, it might further harm the brand.
Many gamers have already abandoned Dungeons & Dragons in favour of its rivals. Paizo, the creators of Pathfinder, has announced the Open RPG Creative License, a competing agreement for free use by any TTRPGs. Kobold Press and MCDM both announced the creation of their own tabletop systems, and many other third-party publishers have severed connections with Wizards of the Coast. Many players were disappointed by Dungeons & Dragons’ latest reaction to the unfolding issue, but it is still feasible that continuous community pressure may push Wizards of the Coast to rethink its intentions.