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Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 02:01 PM #1
Mongoose 3.0/3.5 Grand Archive - Any Interest?
There is (predictably) a lot of talk at the moment about 4e and the GSL. At Mongoose, we are currently going through the fineprint to determine whether the products we planned specifically for 4e (no conversions of older books are planned) are still viable.
However, I wanted to look back for a moment, rather than forward.
We produced a great deal of OGC under D20. Most of these books are now out of print, with just PDF copies available - by the end of the year these will disappear too, as it is not realistic for us to remove D20 licensing off every product we produced over the years. Just too many!
However, it seems a shame to have all this material simply disappear, so. . .
If there is any interest, we would be prepared to make the vast majority of our D20-based content available freely. In the past, there has been talk about an OGC Wiki of sorts, and I think we can kick such a project off in a sizeable way.
If a volunteer (or volunteers - you might have to be some sort of maniac to go through all this material solo!) were to come forward and create a suitable web site, we would happily supply electronic versions of our D20 lines for translation of OGC to such a web site. We would be very free with the material permissable, allowing you to effectively cut and paste large chunks of 'fluff' text alongside the OGC.
This would include all the Quintessentials, Slayer's Guides, Encyclopaedias, Ultimates - potentially, even some Babylon 5 material, if someone is prepared to remove all the licensed text (no Conan though, as that is still current!)
All we ask is that the project is taken seriously and that there is maybe a link or two to us from the site
If other publishers are interested in such a project, we would gladly welcome work alongside them - this could end up being a seriously large site!
So, any interest? If someone wanted to build the Mother of All OGC sites, we can give you a serious head start. Might even be able to provide you with web space and some rather large bandwidth.Matthew Sprange
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Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 02:04 PM #2
Lama (Lvl 13)
That's mighty generous of you!
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Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 02:05 PM #3
I would LOVE to see this sort of thing happen. Makes me sad that I have no skills when comes to programming.
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 02:07 PM #4
I think it would be amazing.
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Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 04:33 PM #5
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
This is an awesome idea and one I'd support 100%.
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Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 05:09 PM #6
Novice (Lvl 1)
That's an amazing suggestion that definitely would have a lot of support.
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 06:00 PM #7
Matt,Originally Posted by Wintergreen
This was cross posted over at Paizo. One of the folks over there has asked what would the storage space requirement be (or even an estimate). They feel they might be able to mirror for this collection indefinitely.
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 06:25 PM #8
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
Man, that rocks. I wish my computer skills were up to the task. But I'm a user, not a programer.
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Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 06:30 PM #9
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
I'll provide fresh reviews!Originally Posted by MongooseMatt
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 06:34 PM #10
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Out to lunch
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 06:59 PM #11
I can't imagine the storage requirements would be particularly large, if it was all kept text-based (we can talk about art if this gets off the ground ).Originally Posted by Admiral Caine
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 07:03 PM #12
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 07:04 PM #13
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Wow! That's amazing! I genuinely hope this gets off the ground.
Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 07:10 PM #14
Scout (Lvl 6)
Really cool Matt.
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Wednesday, 18th June, 2008, 07:14 PM #15
Mark Gedak (long-time MGP playtester) and editor of the Renegade Wizard's Spellbook, Renegade Cleric's Tome, Epic Monsters - who as a lot of MGP's stuff in PDF from these projects would be very pleased to do this. In fact he has 8 days of school left and then could put serious time to this endeavor.Originally Posted by MongooseMatt