The company Bethesda Softworks has released a promotional tabletop RPG campaign to celebrate the release of the Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr. But there was an interesting snag: experienced players of Dungeons & Dragons immediately saw the similarities between the campaign Bethesda Softworks and the one that was published by Wizards of the Coast in 2016.
Table campaign The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr was published by Bethesda Softworks in Facebook. Then, when fans of Dungeons & Dragons noticed the similarity with the “Black road” (The Black Road) Paige Leitman (Paige Leitman) and Ben Heisler (Heisler Ben), the company deleted the post.
Later, Paige has published in Facebook a comparison of two campaigns. Here is an excerpt from The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr:
“Journey through the desert of Elsweyr slow, hot and full radiant heat from the sun. No clouds, no water. Cal Rome likes to start moving before dawn, when the glow of the sun makes dunes similar to the diamonds” (“Traveling in the Elsweyr Desert is slow, hot and full of sizzling heat from the sun. There are no clouds, no promise of water. Kal reem likes to start moving well before sunrise, when the full glory of the sun makes the dunes look like diamonds.”).
And here is an excerpt from “the Black road”:
“The journey across the desert Anauroch slow, hot and full sun. No clouds, no hint of water. Azam likes to start moving before sunrise, when the full Moon turns the dunes similar to diamond mountain” (“Travel in the Anauroch desert is slow, hot, and full of blistering sun. There are no clouds, no promise of water anywhere. Azam likes to start moving well before sunrise, when the moon’s full glory makes the dunes look like mountains of diamonds.”).
But then the writer has deleted a message.
Leitman said the portal Ars Technica that she had “no comment, while both of the authors are not able to fully discuss and understand the differences”. Meanwhile, Bethesda Softworks has published a new Facebook post, the company is conducting an investigation of the incident.
“Thank you again to everyone who has highlighted the problem of plagiarism in connection with the promotion of tabletop role-playing The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr. Our intention was to create and produce unique script, inspired by Elesvaram, which could be cast in any popular RPG rule set table. We were asked to create an original script and investigate why it is not. We seized all materials related to it, and ask, out of respect for the Creator of the original script, so it does not spread. Finally, to avoid confusion, please note that there is no connection between this scenario and that will ultimately appear in the game”, – wrote the representative of Bethesda Softworks.
The launch of The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr is scheduled for may 20 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.