A small game company by the name of Die Cast Games, Inc. has released the module pictured to the left. Anyone with more than 2 brain cells will immediately see what is wrong here. Using “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” in big lettering is bad enough, then just to rub more mud in the sleeping dragons face, he uses “TSR”, then to top it all off the cover uses a style similar to the modules TSR used in the 80′s. This idiot is begging to be sued for trademark violations. This is such an enormous violation, I can not see how Wizard of the Coast (WotC) can not be forced to act. The fact that it will be against this company does not bother me, the web page has a huge logo on all their pages, which looks bad and shows a lack of basic web site design and layout skills. If their web site is any clue as to the quality of the product, it is probably not worth the $12. What bugs me most about this is he may bring down others with them. The Old School Renaissance (OSR) depends at least a little bit on the continued good will of WotC and when they release the horde of lawyers, WotC may start smacking around at anything which looks even vaguely infringing, forcing legitimate companies and individuals defend themselves in court.
On the other hand, it is very possible he actually wants WotC to bring the hammer down on him. If he gets a Cease and Desist (C&D) letter from WotC and pulps the whole run, he can play martyr, he can be a hero of the revolution so to speak. I see two ways to profit from this, first, people will buy at least a few of his other products simply as a show of solidarity and second, who is to say he pulped the whole run, perhaps a few escaped and make their way to ebay selling for 10 times the cover price. I am certainly not saying this is definitely what he is up to, but it sure seems to me judging from some of the authors comments on Dragonsfoot and Knight & Knaves that he is almost hoping to get a C&D.