Wizards of the Coast Ditches Paizo, Again

I got an interesting email this morning from the folks over at Paizo:

Dear Mike,

Wizards of the Coast has notified us that we may no longer sell or distribute their PDF products. Accordingly, after April 6 at 11:59 PM Pacific time, Wizards of the Coast PDFs will no longer be available for purchase on paizo.com;
after noon on April 7, you will no longer be able to download Wizards of the Coast PDFs that you have already purchased, so please make sure you have downloaded all purchased PDFs by that time.

We thank you for your patronage of paizo.com. Please check out our other downloads at paizo.com/store/downloads.

Sincerely yours,
The Paizo Customer Service Team

I haven’t checked with other online sites but it wouldn’t surprise me if Wizards is also doing this to other companies who publish TSR’s old material in *.PDF form.  This isn’t the first time that Wizards of the Coast has cut of Paizo either.  Do remember that Paizo used to print both the Dragon and Dungeon Magazines for Wizards way back when.  I hurried over there and redownloaded what I had through them.  I’m sure I have the material on a hard drive or DVD somewhere but just in case I had missed something. (We all know I have a horrible history of sites crapping out on me.)

It’s kind of sad to see this occur.  The only real place, outside of torrents or download sites, to get this material is via an online auction site like ebay.  Pretty soon even those sources will start drying up or the paper material will begin to fall apart.  It’s hard enough to find mint condition material now.  Think how hard it is when the book are 30 years old or more. (And many of them already are that old.)

How do you celebrate Christmas?

star-wars-kotor-cover.jpgYes, I’m this far behind on my posts.  Oh well. 

I was looking over Sue’s blog over at EduBlogs for something and came across this post about Christmas traditions. 

Usually folks remember that folks are in need on the holidays so the
churches and organizations that I normally help are flooded with
volunteers so I have to find myself something to do.  I usually dig out an old Star Wars computer game to waste the day.  This year, it was the original Knights of the Old Republic.  I finished it once playing the Light Side a long time ago when it first came out.  One of these days, I’ll play the Dark Side just to see how it plays.

Haven’t finished it yet.  Need to someday.

So what did you do on the holiday this year?

Runescape Disallows Weak Passwords


I haven’t played Runescape in ages but I still poke over there ever so often.  I noticed today that the admins are disallowing the use of 500 simple passwords.

I have to admit that’s gotten me thinking about other platforms that I use.  Almost all of the platforms use some form of security for saving their passwords. (I throw that in there since Runescape doesn’t actually say that they’re doing that.  I do hope the passwords aren’t stored in plain text like some programs I’ve used in the past are.)

I would think that it would be fairly easy to create a script to runs through all of your users and sees if what’s saved in the database for their encrypted password matches a list of predetermined passwords already encrypted.

Getting those folks who do make a match to redo their password would then have to be programmed.


Christian Children’s Fund Rejects the Goodwill of RolePlaying Gamers


Stories like this trouble me.  Every year GenCon, what’s probably the largest annual gaming convention, holds a charity auction for the sponsored charity that year.  Two years ago, it was Make-A-Wish.  Last year it was Christel House International.

This year, the charity was supposed to be Christian Children’s Fund. They were chosen by Gary Gygax‘s estate because he had supported the organization previously.  Some folks state that they were his favorite charity.  Instead they turned down the money as well as their status as official charity.

It’s being reported that the organization turned down the money because they felt the money would have been tainted since it was coming from gamers and from the sales of gaming material, specifically Dungeons and Dragons material.  Or as Rich Burlew puts it “puts an irrevocable taint of evil on the filthy lucre that us demon-worshipping gamers might want to use to, say, donate to starving children.”

Now there’s two sides to this story of course along with some gray area.  CCF is stating they they turned down the position because of misuse of their logo.  Not sure why they couldn’t work with GenCon to straighten out the mess nor do we know what these other reasons were because the logo misuse but that is their response.  Folks are also stating that they’ll never give the organization another cent while others are suggesting that we should all remain calm and hope and pray that things will work out.   Others are quesioning their “Christian” status.

But then we have the gray area.  Folks seem to be forgetting that GenCon is currently being sued for an outstanding donation by LusasArts for the Make-A-Wish Auction a couple of years back.

Who’s right and who’s wrong?  Well the money this year went to Fisher House Foundation and they received almost twice what was raised the previous year.  CCF’s response really sounds like butt covering and damage control to me but they may have had an issue with the use of their logo.  We don’t really know and chances are we’ll probably never know.  They have every right to reject and and all donations that they receive.  Politicians do this all the time.  Of course nothing was stopping them from taking the money and keeping their mouths shut.

Me?  I’m just impressed that I actually wrote an actual blog post.  Even with that annoying bug screwing up the editor.  How often do you see that?

Image taken from here.

edit: There’s an interesting thread on the Giant in the Playground forums that’s worth a read.  And, yes, I’m aware that there’s a number of typos in the Post.  I’ll fix them later when I have the time.

Download the Doctor Who RPG


I come across a lot of file sharing links for a lot of the role playing games I used to play.  Have another one here.  It’s for the old Doctor Who RPG put out by FASA.  There’s not a whole lot here but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

When you’re done with that, be sure to check out Timelord: Adventures Through Time and Space, another Doctor Who RPG that’s now available for free. (You can also find a fan site here for the game.)

And be sure to check out the other links I’ve come across previously.

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Happy 600th Episode Order of the Stick


I’ve been reading Order of the Stick for quite some time now.  It’s one that I check out nearly every day.  Just noticed that Rich Burlew, the artist, has published his 600th comic. He’s actually done more than that as a number of comics are more than a single series of panels.  He’s also done a number of print versions only found in the books he puts out as well.  And then of course there’s the comics he ran in Dragon Magazine way back when as well.  But it’s still a good reason to check out the series.  With 600 comics, it’ll take you a bit to go through them all.