Word is that Wizards of the Coast laid off up to a couple dozen people yesterday, including some of the most talented members of its game design staff. Wizards has a long history of shedding employees in December, presumably to improve Hasbro’s balance sheet before the end of its fiscal year. They also often end up hiring again early the next year.
No matter the reasons for the cycle, though, it’s a damn shame every time it happens, and my sympathies go out to all my friends caught up in this latest round of cuts. As always, if there’s anything I can do to help any of you, just let me know.