Friday, January 27, 2023

Codex: Unearthed Arcana - The Return of Wolfbane and Silver Arrow... Wait, WUT?!?!

There are a handful of third-party modules and supplements that feature reprints of some of my work, the second of which I am sharing today. I have been aware of them for a while (as most seem to have been released in 2017), but I recently tracked them all down as best I could to see what was used and if I could obtain a copy. Unfortunately, these particular products do not have physical versions or are no longer available. That said, I investigated to see if I could get details and screenshots of my work in the various products. Today I have the second of these 5E supplements, Codex: Unearthed Arcana. To start things off, here is a look at the cover. 

Codex: Unearthed Arcana. This appears to be a collection of additional content that has been compiled. I think, but I am not really sure.
This is where it gets a little weird. As far I can tell, I have a single piece reprinted in this book, but that piece was not made for Wizards of the Coast for use in Dungeons & Dragons. The piece in question, Wolfbane and Silver Arrow, was created for Paizo Publishing for use in Pathfinder. In 2010, when I was working a lot with Paizo, this was one of three pieces I painted for Pathfinder Chronicles: Classic Horrors Revisited. Jump ahead seven years, and it is now in a third-party supplement, and jump ahead another six years, and I am now sharing it with you. Here is that old, old, OLD piece I did for Paizo, Wolfbane and Silver Arrow.
Wolfbane and Silver Arrow
5x5 - Digital
© 2010 Paizo Publishing

I have no idea how the licensing works with WotC, D&D, and third-party products, but it seems very odd that it would include work done for another gaming company. I have no idea how this came to be, if it was kosher, or how they got a print-ready file, but here we are and there is nothing to do about it now. Here is a look at my art on the page of this product.

Wolfbane and Silver Arrow hanging out, being ancient art, from another company.

To make things more suspect, here is an image of the credits from the supplement. I never have, and I mean NEVER, represented myself professionally with my name smashed together uncapitalized. One would think that they simply grabbed the art and my user name off something like DeviantArt and thought that would be good enough. But I don't know any details of how this art ended up here. I kind of wish I did, but as this is work for hire, I have no ownership or copyright related to this image. Here is a look at the credits page, and you will see that my name is not the only other odd entry.

So many questions and so few answers. A mystery for the ages.

That is all for another exciting week on the blog. See you back here on Monday! Until then...

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  1. So do you plan on going after them, or do you feel it's kind of a moot point?

    1. I have no grounds to go after them. This piece was work for hire for Paizo, they own it and have the copyright. I have no legal standing to do anything. That said, from what I have learned from social media today is that the entire book was illegally complied and WotC already had it taken down. There are ghosts of it on the internet, but for all intents and purposes it is gone.