Back in 2008, Mike Mearls wrote about whether open gaming had been a success… Right before Wizards pulled the plug on it. Death to open gaming was their clear intent, especially when they added a clause to the new very non-open GSL forbidding use of the OGL by people looking to use the GSL.
And now, by Wizards’ own numbers, the people playing D&D has gone from 6 million in 2007 to 1.5 million now. So is D&D dying?
In the end, D&D isn’t dying – it’s free. Hasbro can jack with it now all they want, but it was freed once and for all by Dancey, and so Paizo and the OSR and everyone else can play D&D and spread it far and wide, regardless of what kid film licensed property some suit wants to push this year.
Let Hasbro make all the soda and tennis shoes they want, and we get to play D&D and safely disregard whatever flavor of the month they are peddling. Power to the people!