State of Open Gaming September
September 2, 2010
I took a one month break from writing the State of Open Gaming since the website has really slowed down. I think I’ve found most of the major open games on the Internet, and now all that needs to be done is keep up with the new ones that are released.
On the other hand, there is plenty room for growth in the gratis games section of the site. There are thousands and thousands of free, closed games that could be added to the wiki. I don’t have the time or inclination to do so, however.
Old favourite Dungeonslayers is available in five European languages. As well as English, you can read it in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Lady Blackbird has seen another Hackbird published: Old Messila, which is a story of Billy the Kid and his escape from the law.
Icar has been free for years and is a favourite of the open gaming community. It’s now under an open licence. It’s a story of the far flung future with nicely rendered images.
Five by Five is a generic RPG that was favourably reviewed by The Free RPG Blog.
New Realms is a generic anime RPG with its own licence.
LORE bills itself as the Lightweight Universal Roleplaying System. It comes with a sourcebook called Belief.
Matt Snyder has released two of his games, 44 and Nine Worlds, for free.
An ashcan of cult worship by Paul Czege called Acts of Evil was released under a semi-open licence.
Wheel of Fate is a combination of FATE and Burning Wheel.
Legendary Quest is a heavy game system with a focus on real-world myth and legend.
There are character sheets and other resources for the Saga RPG.
Irregular Magazine is a closed but free RPG on the Closed Resources page.
Donjon Pak B-1 is a sourcebook for open RPG Donjon.
Island of Eo is an open supplement for the gratis game Risus.
Icke is a short story written by RPG designer Greg Stolze.
There are two new design courses on the Open Resources page: Game Design Concepts and Game Balance Concepts.
There’s a page for the Founders’ Copyright licence, a closed licence which follows the copyright law desired by the US Founding Fathers.