The Piazza was originally founded in 2008, when Wizards of the Coast decided to merge all of their forums for out of print Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings. The community here started off with forums for the same handful of campaign settings that Wizards of the Coast dropped support for, but over the years has expanded to offer a home for many many other, less well known, campaign settings. The Piazza is very much staying open for the business of discussing Dungeons & Dragons (alongside other roleplaying games). We are even running a survey of forum members right now to ask what campaign setting should be next to get a bespoke forum at The Piazza.Wizards of the Coast wrote:Wizards of the Coast Community Forums to be Shut Down
Choosing to retire a former foundation of our community was not an easy decision, but we feel that we must adjust our communications structure to reflect where conversations about Wizards of the Coast games are taking place.
Social media has changed significantly over the last ten years, and discussions about games aren't exclusive to company-hosted forums. The majority of community conversation takes place on third-party websites (such as Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and many other fantastic community-run websites), and it is up to us to evolve alongside our players.
We encourage past and current users to retrieve any information you want to retain from the Community Forums for both Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. The shutdown will occur on October 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. PT. We want to provide enough time for our forum members to move their content, and we recognize that given our forum's vibrant user base and extensive history, this may take time. Any information still on the forums on the cut-off date will be deleted.
Thank you to all of our past and current forum users. You helped build our community into what it is now, and we look forward to continuing to interact with you on our many active social platforms.
We don't like to see Wizards of the Coast closing their doors, but it is what it is. So we would like to extend an open invitation to fans of all Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings and rules. If you register for an account at The Piazza our forum administrators will get your account activated, as soon as possible. You will then be able to join our growing community and continue to discuss the sorts of things you discussed back at the WotC forums...and more.
You may find the following links useful:
- Introduce yourself here: A special topic to say "hi" and tell other Piazza members a bit about yourself and what you like to play.
- Finding the right forum for your posts: How to find the place to discuss whatever old or new campaign settings or rules systems that you enjoy.
- Other Worlds: If you want to talk about a campaign setting The Piazza does not have a forum for yet, do it here.
- The Crunchy Bits: If you want to talk about a rules system The Piazza does not have a forum for yet, do it here.
- The Squishy Bits: If you want to talk about systemless content, not tied to any campaign setting, do it here.