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26th-Feb-2003 10:18 am
As everyone that has ever actually met me knows, I collect books. Since 2000 and the OGL/d20 movement started, I've been an... avid... collector of many of the d20 products that have been released, although obsessive may be a better word. There's far too many out there right now to keep up with everything, but, now that the dust has settled and publishers have either made it or shipped out, I was curious what everyone else had on their bookshelves.

The ones that stand out the most on my bookshelf are the Legends and Lairs series of books by FFG. I've enjoyed the hell out of those mostly because they're well written (IMO) and chock full of OGC (which is super important to me because it shows that they care about the importance of the open gaming movement). Another important set of books is Bastion Press' supplements (like Arms and Armor). The entire book (minus the trade dress and art) is OGC. The content is suitably impressive. I was hooked from the day I brought that gem home. :)

What does everyone else have on their shelves? How important is the OGL to you? Do you look to see how much of a product is OGC before you buy it? I'm genuinely curious about the whole thing.

26th-Feb-2003 07:50 am (UTC)
FFG = Very good. Especially because they make Dragonstar.

AEG and Mongoose Publishing also have very impressive product lines. If one of those three has a new book out, I'm very likely to buy it on spec, whereas I'll normally scan through stuff from other publishers for 15 minutes or so before I decide to buy it.

OGC is very important to me, as is the ability to use stuff outside of the publisher's prefered setting.
26th-Feb-2003 08:07 am (UTC)
If your'e not a publisher, open gaming content isn't really that big of a deal. But that said, I like to get books with plenty of OGC myself.

My favorites are like yours. The Fantasy Flight books are just outstanding- they are also attractive and useful and .. modular. Like you can get the book and just use a trap here, a race there, and a spell over there.. they don't assume you are going to use the whole book. (Which is nearly impossible when you get the book halfway through the campaign anyway).

The Bastion Press books are awesome as well. I think they are my favorites. At first I was a bit put off by the artwork (which I didn't like at first). But then after a while I started to really like the artwork. And I love Oathbound. The weapons book is outstanding. The monsters book is solid. Bastion Press is top shelf.

Green Ronin is outstanding in this way as well- especially the monsters books (Legions of Hell, Armies of the Abyss). I also love Mutants and Masterminds.

And I like the Wizards of the Coast books as well. My two favorites are Manual of the Planes and Savage Species.
26th-Feb-2003 11:35 am (UTC)
My favorite publishers are Necromancer Press and Malhavoc. That's partially because I really enjoy the "old school" feel of Necromancer's stuff, and Monte is well, pretty darn close to a deity in his own right.

I like to see as much OGC as possible--partially because it will be nice to see all of this stuff eventually end up as free modules for PCgen.
26th-Feb-2003 02:36 pm (UTC)
Go Monte! Woot woot!
26th-Feb-2003 02:40 pm (UTC)
When you're as creative as I, you worry not for how much open content is at your disposal, you worry about how much of your original stuff should be.

For the D&D campaign setting I'm working on, we're looking to have at least 40% as original OGC content, about 15% recycled (that is, someone else's content that has been released under the OGL), and the remainder closed. We'll be putting out our own little SRD like thing containing all our OGC content for anyone who wants to publish their own works in our setting.
23rd-Mar-2003 08:59 am (UTC) - Maryland/DC
Hey... sorry it took so long to get back to you. ^^; Been kinda busy with changing jobs, and I had to go up to Boston for a funeral... but now that I'm all settled...

I live in Laurel, MD. Hopefully you know where it is. Technically, I live off Rt. 197, which is off the BW parkway. Hopefully that helps ^^;
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