RPG Blog Anthology: Kudos

March 8th, 2009

A long-overdue nod to the Open Game Table RPG Blog Anthology, today.  Jonathan of The Core Mechanic has done yeoman work getting this thing together, and it’s nearly ready for print.  He’s got a cover design now, and it looks… well, it looks damn good.  It looks like a book I wouldn’t be surprised to find on a shelf sitting next to some other roleplaying game books.  Which is, of course, a big part of the point.

Recently Indie Press Revolution picked up the Anthology, meaning that distribution is a possibility.  Which means I might actually see the Anthology sitting on that shelf alongside those other books.

I have three articles in the Anthology (and thank you to my readers for nominating them, and to the judges for finding them worthy), including my version of the Monk for 4e.  Which will have changed at least a little by the time the Anthology goes to print, but it’ll still be gratifying to have it published.

But if you need other reasons to pick it up, I had a chance to preview a draft copy.  I didn’t read the entire thing in depth — I’m saving that pleasure for the physical copy, because there’s just something about a book — but I saw enough to know that the editors have chosen a variety of quality articles on a broad range of topics.  The articles I skimmed are fascinating, useful, or both.  And the artists have done an excellent job of illustrating them in a variety of styles.  It’s an amazing project, and the speed with which it came together, given its scope, deeply impresses me.

The best part?  That “Volume 1″ on the cover.  Given the increase in the RPGBN membership toward the end of last year, and the activity it’s seen this year so far, I can only imagine what a Volume 2 might end up looking like.  I’d love to see it.

The Anthology won’t be available for order for a little while yet, but I encourage all of you to pick up a copy.  To support the project, of course, but also because I firmly believe that the collected posts inside it are easily worth as much as a random rules supplement.  And if you’re like me, it’ll be even better to have it in the form of a physical book, neatly organized for your perusal.

I’ll be posting about it again, once I’ve got my hands on a hard copy.  Until then… thank you, Jonathan, for everything you’ve done to make it a reality.


Related posts:

  1. Contest: Win an Open Game Table Anthology
  2. Review: Open Game Table Anthology, Volume 1
  3. Anthology Contest Update
  4. Reminder: Contest Closing Today
  5. News roundup

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  1. Bob, Mar. 8, 2009, 4:58 pm:

    I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy now :)

    Bob´s last blog post: Keeping It Irregular

  2. Stargazer, Mar. 9, 2009, 3:26 am:

    Me too. I am so excited. The RPG Blog Anthology is very special to me since it’s the first time one of my articles is being published in print. Many thanks again to Jonathan Jacobs for making the RPG Blog Anthology a reality!

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