Bethesda Tabletop Scenario Looks Like It Copied D&D
- Bethesda Netherlands created highly suspicious RPG.
- The Black Road appears to the source material.
- Some sections look directly copy/pasted.
As part of a marketing ploy for the upcoming release of the Elsweyr expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda Netherlands wrote a pen-and-paper RPG scenario that takes place on the border of Elsweyr and Cyrodiil. This free RPG was made available on Tuesday, but within hours, accusations of plagiarism were brought against Bethesda Netherlands.
The now taken down RPG was apparently embarrassingly similar to a D&D campaign scenario, The Black Road, which was originally published in 2016. The similarities were so egregious that in places it looked as if text had been copy/pasted and then slightly reworded in the world’s laziest cover-up attempt.
Though the original files have been removed by Bethesda, you can still see plenty more screenshots demonstrating such similarities at Ars Technica.
There has been not mention yet of whether or not this incident will lead to litigation, but the creators behind The Black Road are aware of everything, and Bethesda themselves have responded with the following tweet.
We have pulled a previously shared ESO tabletop RPG adventure while we investigate the source. Thank you to those who reached out with concerns.
— The Elder Scrolls Online (@TESOnline) May 8, 2019
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