Will Morningstar Support D&D 5e If An OGL Is Announced?
2000 was a landmark year for tabletop role-playing. It was the year that D&D 3rd Edition launched - which heralded the beginning of the d20 era and a Renaissance for our hobby. I know that it personally brought me back to the D&D franchise. It was also the year that Wizards of the Coast launched the Open Game License and started the "open gaming movement". This spawned dozens of creative endeavors - some of which are still going, all of which helped to revive our hobby.
At the time, however, the OGL was problematic for building good software to support the game. So, while writers and publishers flourished, the digital tools to support the hobby did not reach their full potential.
In 2015, I am hoping - like most of the gaming community - that D&D 5e will support a software-friendly OGL. A solid set of software tools for tabletop role-playing will help engage younger players who are tablet-inclined and less likely to dive into a pile of rulebooks. It will help those of us old-timers looking to maximize the face-to-face time in our game by minimizing routine prep and bookkeeping. In short, it can provide the catalyst for another revitalization of the hobby.
Morningstar was designed and built for D&D 5e. So, if a software-friendly OGL for D&D 5e is announced, we will be all over it. Most of the heavy lifting has already been done. To that end - and for the industry as a whole - we encourage WotC to consider carefully an OGL that would allow third-party digital tools to thrive.
However, we don't have any special insight into the timing or content of a D&D 5e OGL announcement. Trapdoor has a great solution that will work equally well for Pathfinder PRD and other gaming systems. With your help through the Morningstar Kickstarter campaign, our contribution to the open gaming movement will be realized. Join the 1000 backers today who have already pledged to make this happen.