Dear Wizards: Cease and Desist sending Cease and Desist letters
The makers of Masterplan have one now. In the future maybe they’ll be collector’s items. Or they would if they weren’t becoming so darned common. It’s almost a badge of fandom. Only the Real Fans of the game get C&D letters – the ones who genuinely care about and love the game so much that they’re willing to invest substantial time and effort into building tools, forums and sites which support it.
Of course, we don’t know all the details about each and every C&D letter Wizards of The Coast’s Epic-level Lawyers have sent out. It’s quite possible that some of them are as a result of genuine concern that their rights have been abused in some way. But seriously – have you tried communicating first? A friendly email request would doubtless resolve any issues born out of simple ignorance or over-enthusiasm. Using C&D as a first solution is like burning a Daily Power on a Minion – total overkill, and it’s only going to get you slapped around at the gaming table.
So Wizards, in the name of all that’s holy, please stop screwing your fanbase and reputation like this.
It doesn’t make you look good, and that makes we fans who really like 4e D&D look bad as well.