Like so many things, I am late to the proverbial party. Apparently, Paizo is in the midst if a variety of accusations. I had no idea. Then, I turned on the Internet and there was angst, outrage, and many, many posts.
I like Paizo, and have really enjoyed the time I’ve spent playing Pathfinder over the years. After I came back to ttrpgs from a decade or so hiatus, Pathfinder was my go to game.
On one hand, I’m sad. As I said, I’m a fan of Paizo, their embrace of the OGL, fan engagement, and so much more. Hearing that people whose work I’ve greatly enjoyed are at the center of accusations of wrongdoing is disappointing to say the least.
For now, I think it’s best to let this develop. I’m not breaking the news. I’m not an insider with a great scoop. These days, I feel like there’s a new controversy almost everyday in gaming. My speculation can’t add anything to this situation, and I’d rather let the facts come out.
When Orion Black came out and publicly criticized Wizards of the Coast (WotC), it had the appearance of one person complaining about their previous employer. However, over time, it was clear that Black’s accusations weren’t baseless. To my knowledge, WotC never made public any kind of internal investigation, but they certainly acknowledged, and moved to rectify the situation.
I’m not saying the situation with Paizo is equivalent, but with time more information will come out. Not everything, but there will be some kind of resolution to this. Hopefully, its one where all parties can move forward amicably. In the meantime, I’m going to try and make sense of all the content being produced around this situation.