The Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 1 released today (March 23, 2009). The OGT collects nearly fifty articles penned last year from over thirty of the RPG blogosphere’s best & brightest. Yours truly wound up with an article (on designing Pantheons) that was selected for inclusion, a feat that both surprises me and bolsters my confidence.
I watched the Open Game Table come together since Jonathan Jacobs, of Nevermet Press (and The Core Mechanic), made the crazy announcement about his intent publish such a compilation. I was involved in the review process, where the reviewers read and scored all the submitted articles (except our own). I must say, the competition was pretty intense, because it was difficult to narrow the submissions down to the few to be selected. I had a great time reading some excellent articles that I missed and finding blogs I never knew existed!
I was excited to see the fresh art that was being produced for the book from a stable of rising talent and watching the book come together as Jonathan and his retinue of editors chipped away at this masterpiece of creativity. It was a privilege to be asked my humble opinion of how things looked for suggestions to make it better.
I just finished reading my digital copy of The Open Game Table and I am honored to have been included in the anthology, because this is some fantastic material that people are writing about. The book provides a lot of articles on everything from mechanics to gaming advice to history, and much of the quality is on par with what you would expect from a major publisher (yet these authors are doing it for the love of the game!).
While a lot of the content is driven by 4th Edition Dungeon & Dragons, most of the material can be applied to other formats. I totally recommend that you grab a copy today! Here is a list of the table of contents:
- Play Style
- Game Play
- Characters & Players
- Monsters & NPCs
- Encounters, Settings, and Locations
- Adventure Design
- Campaign Setting Design
- Classes, Action, and Equipment
- RPG History & Commentary
- The RPG Toolbox
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