For years, people have been talking on messageboards about petitioning WotC to do a reprint of AD&D. I thought they were idiots for even wasting their time on such an impossible, Quixotic idea. I'm pretty sure I never flat-out said, "you're an idiot," since I completely sympathized and agreed with the sentiment ... but I'm also pretty sure that I posted some wet blanket types of responses like, "that will never happen."
You guys were right, and I'm the idiot. Which is really cool, given that I'm pleased to be wrong about this and to find that those reprints are actually being planned.
In terms of the whole retro-clone initiative, from my perspective this doesn't really change much since the purpose of OSRIC was to make the content available for third-party publications rather than for at-the-table gaming. On that particular project, the only way in which WotC could actually step beyond OSRIC would be to (a) make AD&D open content, which OSRIC already is, and (b) to allow some way for a third party publisher to mention compatibility with the AD&D trademark. Part (b) is the territory into which OSRIC can't venture, and I doubt that WotC would be willing to go so far.
And thus, in hopes of getting lucky a second time, I'll repeat the "you're an idiot" formula that worked so well last time, as an invocation. If you think that WotC will allow the AD&D trademark to be referenced by third-party publishers ... then "you're an idiot." Hopefully I can get the same result with that opinion as I did this time! :)
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