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    Player's Guide to Oathbound - free download

    After a discussion with Tom Knauss and given the fact that nothing is being done with the Oathbound campaign setting world by its current owners, he has agreed to release the Player's Guide to Oathbound as a free download. It is a relatively raw document, but does address the need for a 3.5 edition update to Oathbound: The Domains of the Forge.

    You may freely distribute this document and have it photocopied or printed for personal use. It may be downloaded from http://ghostwind.net/PGO.zip (just right click and select Save As...)

    Enjoy.

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    Excellent! Thanks for talking to him. Though it is disappointing that nothing more is being done with the setting I am enjoying running my Wildwood campaign and look forward to seeing this.

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    Its a shame that Oathbound has been abandoned. It is one of my Top 10 favorite third party campaigns. Many thanks for the free PDF though.

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    Sweet!! Thanks for this Steve!!

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    Thanks Steve!

    I wish Greg would crawl out from under the rock and tell us what is going to happen with the setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMH
    Thanks Steve!

    I wish Greg would crawl out from under the rock and tell us what is going to happen with the setting.
    Considering that it is literally costing them money every day they do nothing, I'm at a loss why Greg has chosen the course he has. The warehouse fees alone would motivate any other person. But it is his baby and I'm sure someday he'll do something with it...

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    Thanks, Steve!

    I'd love to see the other domains fleshed out at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMage
    I'd love to see the other domains fleshed out at some point.
    The chances of this happening are next to nothing. The only reason this book was released was because Tom had it done and sitting on his hard drive. There will be no future Oathbound material unless something changes regarding ownership of the property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostwind
    ...unless something changes regarding ownership of the property.
    So, when are you going to buy it, Steve?

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    You know, I always thought that book came out when I wasn't looking. I can't believe it's sat dormant for this long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reveille
    Its a shame that Oathbound has been abandoned. It is one of my Top 10 favorite third party campaigns. Many thanks for the free PDF though.
    Jeez. How many "third party campaign settings" are there? Can't be more than 15.

    Oathbound ain't supported because Oathbound ain't sellin'. If it sold, it'd have more support.

    Brilliant, I know.

    W.P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisdom Penalty
    Jeez. How many "third party campaign settings" are there? Can't be more than 15.

    Oathbound ain't supported because Oathbound ain't sellin'. If it sold, it'd have more support.

    Brilliant, I know.

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    Actually that isn't true, at least not entirely. Compared to most third party campaign settings, Oathbound sold like gangbusters. Unfortunately Bastion's business plan was built around a high volume of sales like a publisher would expect to see right after the release of 3E. There were a number of successful publishers after 2003, but they worked from a completely different business model which didn't involve printing up thousands of copies of every book. Most successful third party publishers that managed to survive the glut learned to run lean, print short, and then reprint as necessary, often taking orders and then fulfilling through print on demand or other printers that specialized in printing short runs. There were other business decisions that contributed to Bastion's demise, like having some people on as full time employees when they realistically should have farmed out all of their design work. The bottom line, though, is that there are a lot of publishers out there today who would do just about anything to have half the sales Oathbound products had. Unfortunately the market reality is that unless you're WotC and one or two others publishing d20, that just isn't happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisdom Penalty
    Jeez. How many "third party campaign settings" are there? Can't be more than 15.
    Oh really? You might want to have a look at this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whisperfoot
    Actually that isn't true, at least not entirely.<snip>
    Quote Originally Posted by Reveille
    Oh really? You might want to have a look at this thread.
    Not only was a wrong, but I was wrong twice. That elevates me from ignorance to idiocy.

    Dangit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisdom Penalty
    Oathbound ain't supported because Oathbound ain't sellin'. If it sold, it'd have more support.

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    Actually Oathbound sold very well and had a good support structure in place. What hurt Oathbound was same thing that hurt all d20 publishers - the bursting of the bubble. When the d20 bubble burst it affected the development schedule of the company in a dramatic way. In short, like Darrin has said, Bastion did not make the necessary adjustments it needed to as a company to keep Oathbound in the minds of consumers.

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    Thanks for posting this. I ran a couple of successful Oathbound campaigns a few years ago and wouldn't mind revisiting them at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reveille
    Oh really? You might want to have a look at this thread.
    The bad thing is I own 23 of those.

    The good thing is I don't own all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostwind
    After a discussion with Tom Knauss and given the fact that nothing is being done with the Oathbound campaign setting world by its current owners, he has agreed to release the Player's Guide to Oathbound as a free download. It is a relatively raw document, but does address the need for a 3.5 edition update to Oathbound: The Domains of the Forge.

    You may freely distribute this document and have it photocopied or printed for personal use. It may be downloaded from http://ghostwind.net/PGO.zip (just right click and select Save As...)

    Enjoy.

    Thanks for doing this. Very cool of you guys.

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    Bitchin'! I've been contemplating running another Oathbound game, this'll definitely help!

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    I'm glad you guys are liking this. I only wish we could have published it so it would see print.

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