The battle for the Dungeons & Dragons economy
Mar 3, 2023

The battle for the Dungeons & Dragons economy

When parent company Hasbro tried to monetize third-party content, fans stepped up to protect the role-playing game economy. Plus, the jobs report gets a Friday off.

Segments From this episode

The Weekly Wrap

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Linette Lopez at Business Insider and Heather Long at the Washington Post about Ryssdal’s conversation with Yellen, the tight labor market and U.S.-China relations.

If it's the first Friday of the month, there must be a jobs report, right? Wrong.

Mar 3, 2023
A rule that makes the underlying data more consistent has delayed February's report by a week.
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Teachers are underpaid. Is that changing?

Mar 3, 2023
At least two dozen states — and Congress — have either proposed or enacted laws to increase teacher pay in the past couple of years.
At least two dozen states, plus Congress, have proposed or enacted laws to boost teacher pay in recent years.
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A push for corporate climate disclosures in California could influence rest of U.S.

Mar 3, 2023
A proposed carbon emissions disclosure law in the world's fifth-largest economy could push such requirements into the mainstream.
If Senate Bill 253 goes into effect, roughly 5,400 companies in California would have to disclose greenhouse gas emissions generated by themselves, their suppliers, suppliers’ suppliers and consumers. Above, downtown Los Angeles.
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Wizards, druids and open game licenses: The fight over the unique Dungeons & Dragons economy

Mar 3, 2023
When Hasbro wanted to change D&D's open game license to get a cut of third-party company profits, the game's fans went to battle.
Fantasy game enthusiast Mark Warren poses next to a life-size replica of a Dungeons & Dragons character.
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Music from the episode

Entrance Vacationer
Black Nile Wayne Shorter
Afternoon Soul Gramatik
Lance Jr Courtney Barnett
Lost Girl (Noelle) GlitchxCity, Dj Cutman
Tell It To My Heart Taylor Dayne

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer