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Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast

Fix Wizards of the Coast's treatment of content creating fans

Wizards of the Coast produces some of the best known tabletop games in existence, including the end-all-be-all of nerdiness, Dungeons and Dragons. These games, by their very nature, encourage the fans and player base to create their own content for them, down the the Wizards of the Coast run Dungeon Masters' Guild, a website on which individuals can publish and share their Dungeons and Dragons 5e content. However, behind the seeming benevolence are policies that short these content creators. If you publish character options, stories, or anything else that is D&D related on the DM's Guild, for example, you lose the ability to publish that same content anywhere else - ever - AND anything that anyone else creates that is inspired by that work is also immediately owned by WotC as well. While that might be understandable in spite of how frustrating it is, this just recently came to my attention. While that article is a bit of a monster to read, the important line is this: "Your Fan Content must be free for others (including Wizards) to view, access, share, and use without paying you anything, obtaining your approval, or giving you credit." On the one hand, that initially seems like it might be good. Better art and rules for everyone, right? Except that it screws over the people who create that content. People who depend on the profit that stems from their creation, or who are seeking to increase their name recognition in the industry, essentially have all of the value of their work stolen from them by this single sentence. What this means, assuming that I understand it correctly, is that anyone who has ever published content on the DM's Guild not only can not publish their work where they want, but WotC can publish it whenever and wherever they want, without giving credit - thereby denying us even the ability to have credibility and viability within the industry. Things look even worse for artists. Commissions of D&D characters are basically illegal, or are at best an immense pain to handle without fees and issues. Anything that uses Wizard's intellectual property is equally inaccessible. For some, this undermines their entire creative platform; for others, it renders fan favorite content such as Matthew Mercer's Blood Hunter a tantalizing but off limits treat. All this might still make sense, given that Wizards of the Coast owns the game, except that it violates copyright law. Under copyright law, individuals have the right to create derivative works - things such as fan art and house rules - and have ownership of those works. Not only is WotC outright ignoring this, they make it incredibly oppressive for an individual to call them on it. Quoting the article linked above, "Please don’t pull us into any legal battles! Our lawyers are busy enough. If Wizards of the Coast, our partners, affiliates, or employees get hit with any legal claims, fees, or expenses related to your Fan Content, you’re responsible for paying all of our costs (including attorney’s fees) and any resulting judgment or settlement." That's right, if you call them on this, they make you pay them for it. The long and the short of it is that this needs to stop. People are getting their hard work taken from them, and none of us is individually powerful enough to force a solution for the problem. However, if there's one thing Dungeons and Dragons has taught me, it's that even the smallest heroes can slay dragons when they have time and allies. We can overcome this. Join with me, and let's go slay a dragon.

Huntsman LeBaron
32 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Bethesda Game Studios

Save the Dark Brotherhood- or Arnbjorn at Least (Skyrim) (All Platforms)

In Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls VI, your family comes in the form of a band of assassins calling themselves the Dark Brotherhood. Unfortunately, your loving times together come to a sudden halt when the leader, Astrid, betrays her husband and her “siblings”, leading to the untimely death of all but three- the Listener (the Player), Nazir the suave Redguard, and the charming vampire child Babette. If a patch was released that allowed the player to save at least one character (Arnbjorn, whose attackers can be killed, but dies due to his death being scripted in the code), it would provide not only emotional relief for the players, but a sort of irony in that the assassin behind the death of so many would fight to save lives. Furthermore, it would just make sense. Arnbjorn may have been injured, but he’s also an extremely powerful werewolf. With the player, the almighty Dragonborn, at his side, it would be no stretch for him to live (and perhaps see his wife one last time before she dies). Veezara, the Argonian assassin, is capable of fighting off an entire wedding party in the plot to kill Vittoria Vici. These assassins are not to be trifled with, and they are family. Family is nothing without one another, and we should fight to save them. We chose to join them, not destroy them, and we  made them our home. Let us fight for their lives and protect them from Astrid’s betrayal. I don’t honestly expect this to even reach the devs’ eyes, let alone cause an actual update- I understand, after all, that such an update would require a lot of work. But should you come across it, I humbly request this detail be added to the game- that the Dark Brotherhood live on. At the very least, let us save Arnbjorn, if only to preserve his endearingly insulting nicknames. I would, however, like to stress that the goal of this petition is to save ALL the members (excluding Astrid, who has to die for the questline to work).

Kitty C.
20 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Monochrome LLC

Give ZPS some love. Work and release ZPS in Source SDK 2013 build version.

Zombie Panic! Source it's a Half-Life 2 modification, released in Dec, 2007 for Source Engine, won many awards while and after been released. From Moddb won MOTY Unreleased in 2007, 2° place MOTY in 2008, 3° place MOTY in 2009 and take one place in honorable mention in 2010 - and it's currently on 21° place of "Top 100 mods" in Moddb.Unfortunately, many other mods have been release after 2010 and ZP:S couldn't take a good place in MOTY after 3 awards strikes in Moddb's page, but we know Zombie Panic! Source it's the best zombie survival multiplayer mod ever made for source engine. ZPS is currently owned by the company Monochrome LLC. My name is Wallace "Tabajara" Moura, I'm 19 years old Brazilian guy, started mapping for this mod since 2009 and applied to be playtester for ZPS in 2012. My playtime hours registered shows how much time i had spent on this simple HL2 mod for almost 5 years, and it was well spent for sure! I have met so many people from different places and countries that some of them become one of my friends and best friends. Thanks to this mod and to all dev team that made this mod public-free to us! All of the contributors, supporters, donors, level designers, animators, modelers and programmers - thank you ALL that put your hard work and own hands on this mod to be how it is today. We appreciated for what you guys did for ZPS.Of course, the community have and are helping the mod in some way to support ZPS developing community maps, hosting stocks/vanilla/custom 24/7 servers and inviting your friends to give a shot on this free mod. Each of you had helped this mod to stay alive for many years and WE can't let "die" for now. ZPS have so many good gaming communities to play around - some of them have closed unfortunately due to the lack of the players in their servers or/and the game updates - but somehow, we still give our support to the mod hosting theses servers and adding fun events, functions, funny moments to play with strangers and friends. And afterall, we all enjoy ourselfs playing ZPS, don't you think?The 2.4 have been released in 2012 and we're in the middle of 2014! And we, the community, are feeling this part remaining/left in the game that is the "ZPS Dev Team" doing your part as always have been doing for a long time! We're losing people that we have been playing for many years, losing friends from this best mod for other games in Steam and we can't let it happen - the Dev team can't let it happen too! It's about time to the development team do something as soon as possible to our mod to keep it alive and working how should be. I know Contagion needs some attention since it's your first indie game of the company, but you guys have to give some time, some spare time to ZP:S too. It's from there where everything started, you guys need keep it working how supposed to be. One/two week(s) working on ZPS won't hurt anything, would bring us to the community some hope for the mod!I know all mods have your ups and downs time, but we need our big "up" time for ZP:S to make our mod be on the top again like old - good f*cking - times. Thanks to this mod i had met good friends from many countries, that I can talk, laugh, mess and chill around. Without it or if I haven't known this mod, i couldn't think how my life would be now: just simple and out of the gaming stuff probably.Please, if you're a ZP Veteran, ZPS Wizard, Addict, Fanatic, Pro, Standard person, sign up for this petition to reach the Dev Team/Monochrome LLC and let them know hard how this mod is falling without updates, without 2.5 version to public. Let them know that we the community want our ZPS back on track as soon as possible. And then, bring back our old/new friends to the game to have some fresh fun in-game. We're just asking for a recently version of ZPS out of us. Sorry for any grammar mistakes i did in this article.Thank you for reading and signed up in this petition. Appreciated !Sincerely,ZPS Community.

Wallace Moura
415 supporters