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  • Perfect Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Open Game Table (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 7770056594
  • ISBN-13: 978-7770056598
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,873,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Open Game Table Anthology is a treasure trove. A tome worth slaying a few orcs for. Because it had such a diverse range of material to choose from it has been able to collate not just quality writing and ideas, but a real breadth of discussion that you don't get as often as you would like in role playing materials. There are chapters for GMs and DMs on Play Stlyle, Monsters and NPCs and Campaign Setting Design. There are articles for players such as "Advice On Being A Good Player". My favorite chapter was Chapter 9 which details some great historical moments and commentary on how RPGs have become what they are today. Open Game Table has two clear strengths: content and content. The quality of the content and the breadth of the content make this anthology worth the money. The amount of ideas for GMs on how to handle player conflict, managing scenes, improving your role playing are well chosen and topical. In many ways, this book is like a continuous improvement handbook for RPG groups across the globe. It has ideas and tips throughout each article that can help you create better games and engage better as an RPG Group and ultimately have more fun - which is what it is all about, really. Braunstein I personally would buy the whole book for just the section on RPG History. The article that describes a young Dave Arneson taking all before him in "Braunstein" - the world's first ever role playing game - is delightful. The passion with which the author, Ben Robbins encourages us all to talk to those who were at the beginning of it all, and to capture and learn from that history is what an anthology like this is all about.... ---- WIRED Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jonathan Jacobs is the Editor in Chief of Nevermet Press, a that seeks to deliver compelling stories that bring characters, readers, and players together. Nevermet Press publishes speculative fiction and games of fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction.

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Looking forward to the 2nd volume!
Chris Torrence
Even for a habitual reader of these blogs, having these articles in print form is invaluable.
Scott Schimmel
I think anyone would be hard pressed to find a better collection of Role-playing material.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Dawson on March 26, 2009
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Many folks in the gaming community see the hobby as moving to a completely digital format. Indeed, almost all of the major publishers now make digital content available, and many focus almost all of their business on the digital market. Bloggers and fan sites create derivative works of their favorite systems and settings to share digitally online. But with Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, editor Jonathan Jacobs reminds us that no matter how much we gamers use the internet to expand our gaming experience, we still want the really good stuff in print!

Open Game Table is a true gift for gamers; gathering together the most popular content scattered across the blogosphere and organizing it into one print collection. Jacobs has done a fine job organizing the various articles into logical categories, and the table of contents provides readers with an informative reference to what is inside the book. An index might have been nice, if for no other reason than those moments when you want to quickly find the page that references the Tome of Horrors or if you wanted to note all of the pages that mentioned OD&D for reference later. But it's a minor issue.

The presentation as a whole is simple and clean, and in many ways feels like an "old school" game supplement. Several artists donated original artwork to the project to compliment the articles. To be honest, a lot of it has a somewhat cheesy feel, and yet it is precisely that cheesy style that gives the collection a certain geeky charm gamers will appreciate. (I have to ask artist Jennifer Weigel...exactly how many feet of rope did that little critter use anyway?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Torrence on April 2, 2009
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It's hard enough to keep up with all of the different role-playing game (RPG) blogs. And then, once you've found a good one, you either print it out, or it ends up getting lost online. But now, with the Open Game Table Anthology, you've got the cream of the crop - all of the best RPG blog posts for 2008, along with some fun artwork!

The articles range from "Old School" Dungeons and Dragons, represented by James Maliszewski's Gygaxian Naturalism, all the way to the newest 4th edition of D&D, represented by the "Musings of the Chatty DM". All of the posts are thought provoking, well written, and fun to read.

Looking forward to the 2nd volume!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Curtin on March 28, 2009
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This book is a wonderful compilation of many fantastic articles that have come out of the RPG blogosphere. While the Digital Age has been rough on pen and paper gaming, with the proliferation of its digital cousins the Massive Multiplayer Online RPGs, there has been an intellectual renaissance among the gaming community with the advent of the blog. Now folks can share their ideas with the world, and this book assembles some of the finest.

With illustrations from many upcoming artists like James Keegan and Hugo Solis, this book is a gem. The information is a wonderful crossection of the blogging community, and I learned about several websites I had never even heard of (and I am a hard-core gamer). Hats off to the editor Jonathan Jacobs, and I am looking forward to the next installment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Schimmel on April 3, 2009
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The Open Game Table Anthology presents a broad selection of 2008 blog posts related to roleplaying games: collected, edited, and set into print with original artwork added. Jonathan Jacobs and his volunteer editors have done an excellent job. Even for a habitual reader of these blogs, having these articles in print form is invaluable.

There are nearly 50 posts here in all, their topics ranging from the very first roleplaying games -- there's an article on Braunstein, the wargame that developed, more or less accidentally, into an RPG -- to the newest edition of D&D, released less than a year ago. The articles sift through history, mull game theory, provide helpful tips, offer new mechanics (including an entirely new homebrewed fourth-edition D&D character class) to plug into games, and even include how-tos on such topics as creating your own tokens (a cheaper substitute for the miniatures some games employ).

If you play or run roleplaying games, there's something here for you. The material's as good as anything you'd find in an official sourcebook, and most of it is applicable to a wide variety of games. This is an impressive first volume featuring some very talented authors.

I can't wait to see volume 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Vig on April 3, 2009
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[...]

Above is the link to my gaming blog, wherein I reviewed this wonderful tome. I will be brief so as to not repeat myself too much.

This book is a must have, and if it is any indication of the direction this series will take, The rest will be as well. A snapshot of our gaming culture offering everything from campaign design advice to a fan build of a beloved and sorely missed 4E class.

Add to that the best part of all, it's a real, honest to god book! Barely contained within the cover, are the gems of knowledge and wisdom plucked from the tree of RPG Blogging knowledge.

I bought my copy, where in the h3ll is yours?
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