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craigm

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    Been reading RPGs since they came in boxes with dice.
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    Fate, Fudge, BRP, Eclipse Phase, GUMSHOE
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    Just another random Linux hacker and game designer.

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  1. So sad to read this. Sending love to Luise and the rest of the family. Gone too soon, and not forgotten.
  2. I'm grateful that as many of them did make it out there so folks like myself that were just re-introduced to Glorantha could get a taste of what it was like. Thank you.
  3. I have the print version of Classic Fantasy on my shelf, so I just opened to a table. Imagine the left-side of the table with barely any differentiating contrast until it gets about 1/8 of the way across the table(moving from left to right). Honestly the gradient on the table is a bit distracting, and with the differences between paper and screen it makes things more difficult than it need be.
  4. Honestly, for $350 + S/H you can remove one of those obstacles and begin reading the document. That is your option. And then you can box it up and ship it to whomever you wish and allow them to read it for free, and they can do likewise. Think of it as liberating the document for those who wish to read it for free, and removing the artificial obstacles preventing folks from reading it. That's one option. Perhaps a more constructive option would be to pick up the PDFs of the Stafford Library (assuming you haven't done so) and make it so that transcribing the document, warts and all, is something worth pursuing. Money is a lubricant. Use it to make things happen. I've presented two options to help speed along the process.
  5. It's available on DTRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/82087/BRP-Witchcraft
  6. If you're using an OGL licensed work you are required to copy the OGL and cite where the material originates. So in the case of Jackals they had to put in the OGL license because it came from OpenQuest, which came from Legend. The part that I find troublesome with declaring that the book has no open content is that the open content had to come from somewhere for folks to be using it. So instead of having a clear list of what was open content and what could be considered open content I have to "pop the stack" to figure out where the open content came from. It's not that it's wrong, it's that it makes more work for me, and I am a fan of "share and share alike" in my licenses. (Aside: I find things where folks borrow from a permissive license and then declare "All Rights Reserved" a little disheartening, but that's just me). Just because a work uses the OGL doesn't mean it has Open Gaming Content, or that it gives you the ability to enjoy the same rights that were granted to it in their derivation. It just means you get to do more work to figure things out.
  7. You're welcome. Licenses are a hobby for me, so I tend to pay special attention to them. It's a great conversation starter at dinner parties. 😁
  8. The Mongoose Glorantha books are a strange case because the "This book contains no open gaming content" was redundant. I think that might have been a hold-over of their disclaimers from their d20 books. The OGL is not a guarantee of open gaming content. It has two categories of content: product identity and open gaming content. Both must be explicitly be stated according to the license. That leaves a third category of content: content that is in the weird limbo of not being either category. If a book doesn't contain any open gaming content then it's safe to say that the authors and publishers wish no derivative works of that content unless made by some other special arrangement. Just because it has the OGL license at the end doesn't mean the book is open, only that it is fulfilling a legal requirement stated by the license to state where the derivative content originates. Hope this helps!
  9. Not as unusual as you might imagine. The Mongoose Runequest 2 / Glorantha books used a similar statement ("This game product contains no Open Game Content."), and it has appeared in subsequent OQ supplements and in the River of Heaven series. It's a catch-all statement that seems to be used to indicate that the author doesn't wish for any of the mechanics or setting to be reused without permission (whether that permission is impossible to transfer in the case of Glorantha, or requires special agreement in the case of the others is left as an exercise for those wishing to figure that out).
  10. Unfortunately they've declared the whole book doesn't contain any Open Game Content, so it doesn't contribute anything back to the OGL ecosystem.
  11. Thank you for this clarification. I know that speaking about the future is something that is best left for professional prognosticators and not forum-postings that suddenly become sworn vows to fans who take everything as gospel, but wondering if there might be some small life in this line as a form of Fantasy SRD or small POD line. I know that the immediate answer for the POD is likely "we still are paying to store current unsold inventory" but it feels like this was a good idea that never got its due that could have a comfortable life inspiring future folks who love BRP and fantasy but want to tweak it outside of established Chaosium properties. No answer needed; just some rambling thought of someone who felt this candle could have burned brighter than it did.
  12. I'm not official Chaosium but I did just recently receive the updated POD for SoloQuest and it looks good. Hopefully things are fixed now with the POD. Really pleased with the PODs thus far. Thank you so much, Official Chaosium folks.
  13. These are awesome for those of us who were to up inside a certain large fantasy game to pay attention to anything else. Thank you so much for these.
  14. Adding to this: perhaps some guidelines for where you'd want to have a 3, 6, 9, ... M, M2 vs 5, 10, 15, M, M^2… might help as well. When I compared this against the published rules for HeroQuest I wondered why the bump as so large. (And I wasn't sure where to put the discussion about it.)
  15. @Ian Cooper I'm interested in this, but Facebook is a complete non-starter for me. Would Github issues and PRs work better for those of us not inclined or unable to be on Facebook?
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