Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fool Me Once, Shame On You. Fool Me Twice,

... and you're an azzhole.  It's really that simple.

Mazes & Perils, the "retro RPG clone" that hit OneBookShelf yesterday is written by the same idjit that put out the short lived OSRIC Player's Reference.  You remember, the one that had stolen artwork on it's cover.

That was a stealth release, without fanfare in the blogoshere as was this.  I linked it because, generally speaking, more is better when it comes to our gaming options.  I did wonder about the use of both "hobbit" and "halfling" on the same pages, as that was a sign of either bad editing or copy / pasting from original sources, but I really don't know the classic D&D books enough to recognize if the tables were being reused from the sources.  Thanks to the research last nite (sorry, I was sleeping.. heh) by ADD Grognard, James from the Underdark Gazette and austrodavicus Mazes & Perils has been revealed as the cut-n-paste job and copyright violation it is.

Vincent Florio - This F-U is for you!  Your first time not understanding the OGL and copyright laws were annoying yet forgivable, but you second time reveals you as the ass you are.  Even if your defense is that you are a clueless ass, you are still an ass.


  1. Now that's what I call a takedown!

    Did you show him your badge?


    And you guys weren't talking about this, were you?


    I think that was a cover art issue. It went down and then right back up and is still there. The contents appeared to be all the OGC in the original with nothing added.

  2. What a dirt bag ... people should try to find his home address and a mug shot and circulate them with a warning :) Known plagiarizer dirt bag scum.

    Sad days when people resort to this kinda thing :(

  3. I downloaded this and looked it over and went "huh, looks awfully familiar".

    Now I know why.

  4. @ADD Grognard - The OSRIC Players guide you linked is not the same one that was taken down. The one from Steve Robertson has been in the works for a while and is full of new art, by the editor.

  5. Now I feel conflicted as I really like "DM Vince's" Roll for Initiative podcast and Save Or Die podcasts, but this does appear to be bad form.

  6. @James-Gotcha...I guess I must have missed his other abomination then...

    @ Sir Timothy- I know how you feel. I have had to quit certain forums and distance myself from people because they refuse to accept what they are doing is wrong. They are smart fun people and I just don't understand why they can't read and properly use a license that covers one whole page. But since they refuse to listen to reason I simply will not tolerate anything that casts a shadow over those of us who work hard to play within the boundaries and keep up with the legalities of our work.

  7. I had made a stink about his OSRIC guide a while back and was willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. But this really does stink.
    I have not seen this new book, but if it is a copypasta of Holmes then he does not deserve the benefit any longer.


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