Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Worldwide OGL Game Day?

Fresh off a Worldwide D&D Game Day that seems to have gathered some mixed results, there have been calls for Worldwide OGL Game Day, which seem to have originated on publisher Louis J. Porter's blog:


I was thinking, with Worldwide D&D Game Day coming up this weekend, and Free RPG Day and Free Comic Book Day right around the corner these are great opportunities to get more people involved. And then I thought, why isn't there a Worldwide OGL Game Day? Why hasn't someone thought that up? And I realized, I just did. So here is my idea, All the OGL publishers I know get together and support each other with one day where we promote and play our OGL based games. We do it online, in local gaming store, any where you can. Just simple promotion of why OGL is good for the gaming community in general. I think it is best to pick a summer month, because most schools are out and game time is high. I think the first weekend in July would be best...

At first glance, I like the idea. However, I haven't the foggiest how it would come about, what sort of participation it would have among OGL publishers, or anything else, or how competition between the publishers would be muted enough to ensure everyone is on the same page, but anything that gets people trying different RPG products is aces in my book. There are a lot of different OGL games out there, ranging from (ostensibly competing) fantasy RPGs to hard sci-fi. You'd need to make sure the effort was one that would be beneficial to all participating companies, as well as for participating FLGSs.

My other thought is I wonder if this sort of effort could be combined with Free RPG Day, which is a small but already-established event?

12 comments:

Chgowiz said...

I'm going to be running Swords/Wizardry at my local FLGS for FreeRPGDay and handing out CDs of the PDF to any who play. I think linking the two might be difficult, though, since it seems that FreeRPGDay has specific "sponsors" and I don't know how they're set up.

Zachary The First said...

A group of us were thinking about handing out an "alternative CD", one with Pathfinder, Labyrinth Lord, and some other free games on it, with instructions on where to find them and their communities online.

I do think it'd be a problem to coordinate with Free RPG Day, and I'm totally upfront that I have no idea how it'd work. Whatever else, I love Free RPG DAy, and would to see it get more participation.

Chgowiz said...

What can I do to help? I'd like to make sure S/W, OSRIC and microlite20/74 are on there as well.

Zachary The First said...

Well, I was thinking local, but it would be awesome to round up a list of RPGs that are free in pdf that can be ordered in softcover/hardcover. Otherwise, I think a lot of FLGSs would have an issue with giving away games with no followup for them.

We could host a core file folks could download and then distribute at their Free RPG Game Day! Maybe a cool graphic for the front if they wanted to go the extra mile. So S&W, LL, Pathfinder (even though it'd be a pre-order), and the like would all be cool! I wonder if we could get Microlite 20 and '74 on there. They sure deserve it.

Mark Gedak said...

4C is free as well.

Zachary The First said...

Very true, Mark! And I wouldn't want to leave things just to fantasy RPGs.

Joseph said...

If I may be so bold, I should point out two things.

Thing The First. Mr. Porter is talking about a day compatible with 3.X and Pathfinder. Hence the "3.5 Compatible" on the logo. So, just because OSRIC, S&W, LL, et al. happen to be published using the OGL, they are really beyond his intent, it seems. I think it would be rude to hijack it by attempting to bring them into the act.

Thing The Second. TARGA already put together International Traditional Gaming Week in January specifically to promote OSRIC, S&W, LL, et al. Perhaps a follow-up effort is warranted, and I'm all for it (make it in July, so I can include my own games at Dexcon!), but it probably wants to be distinct from Mr. Porter's OGL Day.

Zachary The First said...

@ Joseph: No, no, I appreciate the boldness! I was just throwing some things out there and brainstorming. Good work pointing out those items. :)

Daniel M. Perez said...

Coordinating alongside Free RPG Day is probably the best way to spread the love for these somewhat unknown games. Check with your FLGS and do something in-store to lead your evangelizing. Even Free RPG Day creator, Aldo Ghiozzi, would tell you Free RPG Day is all about getting games played in-stores regardless of whether they come from the official event or the community.

Chgowiz said...

@Joseph - I doubt that TARGA would complain at people running old-school style events at FreeRPG Day.

I agree with Dan, I think taking any opportunity to express interest and support of the retroclones or other free/OGL games is a good thing. Nobody is trying to shove anyone off the stage, but this is a huge stage.

Joseph said...

Chgowiz: Oh, I'm sure TARGA wouldn't mind. But I think it might be beyond what the OGL Day organizers might have intended...

Chgowiz said...

@Joseph - I have a feeling they would not mind. What plan does stay as-is when it hits the ground?