There is an interesting post on Wizard's site today where Mike Mearls discusses (basically) gaming style and which version of D&D best fits that style.
It is worth a read and reminds me a bit of the old GNS Theory that was so popular a few years back.
I am not going to get into whether or not X version of Y game fits where on Mearls grid or even Edward's GNS.
I don't particularly care about those sorts of things since they all take a back seat to the more important questions to me: "Is Game X fun? Will I have fun with Game X? Do I own Game X so I can find out on my own?"
Which gets me to my random though of the day.
Should WotC support ALL D&D?
As a business model it is a flawed one, the cost to produce physical products for a game that is 10, 20 or even 30 years out of print is pointless. But what about using their own electronic distribution?
Recently WotC has seemed open to print 1st and even 2nd and 3rd Edition related material. Why not take that that a step further and offer a "Classic D&D" subscription. You pay (or maybe it is part of the DDI) and get new material for your game.
Of course readers of this blog will see the error right away. There are a ton of blogs out there now, producing for free or very, very cheap, material for those older games. And thanks to the OGL WotC (unlike TSR in the past) is perfectly happy that we continue to do so.
But what WotC adds to the mix is something we as a group do not have. Brand recognition. I can say "my magic hats is for people that ply Basic Era games" (nudge nudge wink wink implied). Only WotC can say "this is for you people that still love to play Basic Dungeons & Dragons".
Obviously there is cost. Someone has to write and that someone has to be paid. Art is a very important part of what WotC can bring to the table that a simple blogger or one-man shop can't do as well or as cheaply. Of course art is still not cheap.
I am sure that a cost benefit analysis would need to be done. How much would it cost versus how much return they could get.
So let me throw it all out to you.
Would you pay WotC for regular content for your particular favorite Old School D&D product?
How much would you pay?
Per product or monthly?
What would you want to see to make you seriously consider this?
Now keep in mind this is NOT market research. You all are not a random sample. You are a sample that is used to get a lot of material free (if not her, then other places) but you are also a sample that is interested in this older games AND a sample that is open to other games. You read my blog afterall, I talk about a dozen or so different games here and about a half dozen on a regular basis. You answers are different than those of say the regular reader of Dragonsfoot or Grognardia or ENWorld.
Let me, and the world, know what you think.