State of Open Gaming 7 (July)
July 3, 2010
This has been another big month for the Year of Living Free wiki. I feel as if the wiki has come into its maturity. Adding content will be very simple, the categories of game are well established and we’ve included every major open game.
For those of you interested in adding games to the wiki, the process is simple. (1) Create a new page, (2) make the first paragraph a description, and (3) add three tags: ‘game’, ‘open’ (or ‘closed’) and ‘gratis’ (or ‘commercial’). There’s plenty of extra information you CAN add, but those three steps are all you need to do.
I’ve also decided to expand the scope of the wiki from simply open games to include all ‘free’ games – whether they are free because they are open or free because they are gratis. This is a natural evolution given our close ties to 1KM1KT.net.
I strongly recommend you check out the wiki if you haven’t visited in the last week or so. A lot has changed. Please email me if you notice any problems (email@example.com).
I worry that people think of the wiki as an encyclopedia of open games and nothing else. I would love for it to become a storehouse of ideas: if you invent material for an open game, put it up on the wiki! I’ll make sure it gets filed in the right place.
Support open source stock artwork: Last month I discussed Love Vector Free, a website for open vector art. The man behind LVF has set up a Kickstarter account for Stocky, which is intended as a stock photography, font, vector, film, etc site strictly under open licences. You can support him with a donation of $1 or more.
New games: We only had one new game on the wiki this month, Telgrathia. It’s a fantasy game with mechanics based on Blackjack.
The Great Hundred and other open resources: Currently the Great Hundred is only material I’ve written and stuff I’ve taken from Ryan St’s original Great Hundred. But I’d love for you to add content of your own.
Open games by genre: I’ve assigned every game in our database a genre. If you’re looking for a specific style of game, check it out!
New open resources: Get the links here.
- The Beekeeper Model of Commercial Open Source, advice on profiting from open source material.
- MyPaint, an open source painting program.
- Alchemy, a free drawing program.
- Clearbits, open source (and therefore legal) torrents.
- A Clipart History, public domain old images.
- Lobster, an intricate and well-developed font.
- Ryzom Asset Repository, 3D images from the open source MMORPG.
- Game Design Concepts, a course on game design.
- Game Balance Concepts, a course on game balance.
Closed material: As mentioned above, the Year of Living Free is expanding to gratis closed games. There isn’t a lot here yet, but there will be.