Sunday, June 2, 2013

Adding Some More Volume - "OSR Distribution CD-ROM" - Can It Be Done?

+Timothy Brannan has a really intriguing post up over on his blog The Other Side about using a CD-Rom to promote the OSR at Cons and game stores. Here's a snippet (hit his blog for the rest and running commentary):

What about a FREE OSR distribution CD-ROM?
We put on the most popular free products that we have the permission to use, build a front end (HTML) that has the links to the PDFs on the disk and then links to the various sites and links to whatever else.
Each game would need some promotional "Ad" copy written.
The idea then is we, you, me, whomever demos the game then gives out copies of this disk to the players.
Off the top of my head I think we should include: 
Basic Fantasy
Swords & Wizardry
Labyrinth Lord (Free versions)
Lamentations of the Flame Princess (the free versions that out there)
Spellcraft & Swordplay (Basic version)
Matt Finch's Quick Primer for Old School gaming 
There could be and should be more.  
Hell, I'd put together a S&W compatible PDF just for something like this. It's a great way to get more eyes on the OSR, and with the compatibility of the systems, a rising tide would literally life all.

What say you all?


  1. Thanks for the shout out!

    I am working on a "proof of concept" now over at http://osrchive.blogspot.com/.

    Looking for all sorts of input!

  2. I think this is a good idea and I would suggest including setting or non-system specific stuff like Jack's Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque and the DM tools from Hack and Slash and Al's Megadungeon stuff at Beyond the Black Gate, Telecanter's stuff, I could go on and on...

  3. Heck, 800 meg is enough that you could even include a bunch of free pdfs right on it, too. Adverts / catalogues are great, but free stuff is better. Overall though, great idea, and nicely parallels free linux livecd distribution.

  4. Don't forget the free versions of Stars Without Number and Mutant Future. More than just fantasy RPGs are represented out there!

  5. I love this idea. I'm in. What about adding Kellri's stuff too??

  6. I think it's a great idea. There probably should be a downloadable .iso of the final product as well.


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