Wizards of the Coast’ attorney has asked Pathguy not just to remove his Dungeons & Dragons character generators but his Pathfinder generators as well. It is understood that Pathguy, aka Ed Friedlander, has engaged legal counsel to see whether an understanding can be made with Wizards of the Coast. He notes;
The “Dungeons and Dragons” phenomenon has encouraged young people to study other cultures. It is a game in which people work together to accomplish a meaningful goal. Characters even define themselves in terms of their good morals and their ethics. On one level, it simulates the spiritual warfare described in the Christian scriptures and in the Arthurian legends on which the game is based. I am proud that I was able to make a contribution.
Over the years, I have made the games more accessable, promoted WoTC’s products, and provided a high-profile physician’s endorsement. During the 1990’s, the game designers (then TSR Hobbies) with whom I spoke and corresponded appreciated my contributions to the hobby, including my online character generators. My adventure gaming site has never accepted advertising or made any money, and of course I have never pretended to own someone else’s intellectual property.
It is a shame but pulling the generators first was the right thing to do.
More details can be found at Pathguy.com.
Image credit: Ian Hutchinson.