Wanted to buy a PDF of any Wizards of the Coast/TSR product ever? TOO LATE!!!
It started with an email I got from Paizo:
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 19:28:09 -0700 (PDT)
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.
The Paizo Customer Service Team
But it turns out it’s not just Wizards hating on Paizo, it’s everywhere. They pulled all their product from DriveThruRPG etc. as well. With LESS THAN ONE DAY OF NOTICE to download even things you’d already bought.
Wizards chimed in on this with a:
“Hey all. I wanted to step in and shine a mote of light on the subject. First off, this cesation of PDF sales has absolutely nothing to do with the Internet Sales Policy. I know it’s the 6th of April and I can definitely see how the two would appear linked, but the truth is, this is a completely seperate matter.
Unfortunately, due to recent findings of illegal copying and online distribution (piracy) of our products, Wizards of the Coast has decided to cease the sales of online PDFs. We are exploring other options for digitial distribution of our content and as soon as we have any more information I’ll get it to you.”
He’s referring to the new Wizards Internet Sales Policy they announced today. Yes, these moves are unrelated. Surrrrrrrre they are.
So in other words, there are naughty pirates out there! Don’t sell PDFs! At the same time, WotC has announced they are suing eight individuals for infringement based on torrenting the PHB2. You don’t bother announcing stuff like that unless you are trying a “My penis is so big” offensive against the evil forces of teh Intarwebs.
Well you know what? Fuck you, Wizards. May I direct everyone who is interested to The Pirate Bay, where the D&D 4e PHB2 is available. (Not that I’d personally download any of that 4e crap.)
Are they really serious? What does removing all your PDFs from legitimate outlets do except encourage people to pirate it? And pulling this with such short notice undermines faith in the entire PDF market – re-downloadability is one of the selling points.
Paizo’s running a “PDF Love” sale on their stuff to try to make it up to their customers (use promo code “PDFLove” for 35% off!). Of course this sudden yank screws all the companies who were reselling their stuff. But since when did Wizards give one little damn about any of their supposed parters in the RPG industry?