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    Anaximander reacted to Duke Bushido in OSR Ethical Issue   
    I think you've already missed DCC and Pendragon, but sometimes that stuff comes back around.
     
    At any rate, get on the BOH mailing list.  It's a _wonderful_ source for picking up-- _legally, mind you_-- inexpensive PDF collections of both old and new stuff, if you're patient.
     
     
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    Anaximander reacted to Ninja-Bear in OSR Ethical Issue   
    I haven’t heard of that rule before. Could you explain? Yes, I remember how deadly it is at those levels. I just give everyone max hit points. We had a funny experience where my older son couldn’t hit the Chainmail AC but would hit the Plate AC. D20 can be fickle.  My youngest pulled a Leroy Jenkins with a MU on some kobolds and took out his opponent. That game I couldn’t hit at all. (To my relief actually).
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    Anaximander reacted to Spence in OSR Ethical Issue   
    For me I have copies/scans of a lot of out of print that I simply cannot find. 
    But I also make it a point to always buy a copy if it is out there to be had. 
    I prefer physical copies and have far too many RPG related books on my shelf. 
     
    I refuse to take a "home scanned" copy of a book that is being actively published that I can buy legally. 
    If the book is no longer in print I will look for it on the secondary market.
    If I have exhausted all other possibilities I will take what I can find, and if it comes back into publication I'll pick up a copy.  I guess I look at it as balancing the scales.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from tkdguy in OSR Ethical Issue   
    I'm trying to compare to a product that I haven't done anything with in almost 25 years; so, my ability to an exact comparison is limited, but FGG looks enough like ADD2 that it would be easier to describe the differences.  First it includes the weapon proficiency options offered in the Fighter's Handbook, and it rewrote the paladin description so that he isn't too much of a goody two shoes for most adventuring parties.
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    Anaximander reacted to tkdguy in OSR Ethical Issue   
    2nd Edition is also my favorite, along with B/X. How closely does For Gold & Glory emulate 2E? BFRPG is pretty close to B/X, but it has some notable changes such as using ascending AC instead of THAC0 and separating race and class. That makes it different enough to make me buy it. But I still have my 2E books, so I'd get For Gold & Glory only if I needed something compatible for my players to use.
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    Anaximander reacted to Tjack in OSR Ethical Issue   
    To the moral question, I use the rule of thumb for places like the Trove that if it’s something I just want to look through or read the way I would if it were in the bookstore or taken from the library than that’s fine. If it’s something I want to keep and use than it should be paid for. 
      I invite others to debate on morality as long as the conversation is kept civil.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from tkdguy in OSR Ethical Issue   
    I got a PDF of For Gold & Glory that was offered for during the height of the lockdown.  It's based on ADnD 2nd edition with some options that I really like.  My first genuine introduction to roleplaying playing 2nd ed., and in spite of many complaints, second edition is still my favorite.  It makes me want to run and play a game based on 2nd ed. again.  I might even have to order the hard back version of the game; so, I can give them some monetary support to create more products.
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    Anaximander reacted to tkdguy in OSR Ethical Issue   
    Here's a video about a bunch of OSR games. If you watch the video on YouTube, you will find information on where to buy these games.
     
     
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    Anaximander reacted to Spence in OSR Ethical Issue   
    There are as many OSR games out there as there are leaves on a tree.
     
    If the downloaded item has an imprint you can perform a search to see if the company still exists. 
     
    Another way is to search for the title in the online sites such as DriveThruRPG and Amazon to see if there is a hit. 
     
    You could also post the title here and one of the many gamers here may know something.
     
    But without a title there isn't much anyone can suggest.
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    Anaximander reacted to Duke Bushido in OSR Ethical Issue   
    This probably won't help you much, 
     
    but I have run into the problem twice-- 
     
    to be clear:  I am extremely anti-piracy to the point that I _don't_ have games I used to play but would still like to have simply because I can't acquire them legally-- or at least, haven't been able to as of yet.
     
    At any rate, on the two occasions that I found out there were scans being distributed, I hit up eBay.  Eventually, I found a copy of the book in question (and obviously, again for the second one) and bought it.  I didn't _want_ the printed book, as I had no intention of playing the game again, but had fond memories of it and therefore would like to have a nice clean PDF to read again for the memories...
     
    At any rate, you are legally allowed to own one digital back-up of anything you own in print.  While it's generally assumed that you will make your own, I can't help but think you've got better ground to stand on this way.
     
    Oh-- I also did it once for More Guns (supplement to Guns Guns Guns).  The company still exists, but after repeated e-mails with questions on how to buy x (which showed being for sale on the website) went unanswered  (I don't give up easily; I tried for two months), I finally found a used paper copy and a "digital back-up" to go with it.
     
     
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    Anaximander reacted to HeroGM in OSR Ethical Issue   
    DriveThruRpg (?) has a good selection of D&D books as pdf and POD. 
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    Anaximander reacted to zslane in OSR Ethical Issue   
    Many old, out of print games--board wargames as well as RPGs--have become orphaned due to copyrights falling into the hands of parties either unable (financially) or uninterested in doing anything with them. The law leaves these games imprisoned and inaccessible even to well-intentioned fans who'd like to see them revived and kept alive, even if in a completely not-for-profit fashion. It has been long argued by numerous intellectual property scholars that the state of today's IPR laws does not reflect the original spirit or intent of those laws, leaving a gray area so large that the shores of ethical clarity are hard to see anymore. It has reached a point where each of us has to decide what is right, rather than what is legal, and act according to our conscience.
     
    If you have the time and resources to track down the current copyright owners of each of the books you have downloaded, and are able to get a response from them with regard to your desired use of their "property", then by all means pursue that avenue. I'd very very interested in hearing the results of such an endeavor.
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    Anaximander reacted to tkdguy in OSR Ethical Issue   
    The author of Basic Fantasy offers his rulebook free, but if you feel you need a printed rulebook, links are provided. I bought I copy of the rules along with Adventure Anthology 1; the total cost was less than $10 USD before shipping.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from Lord Liaden in OSR Ethical Issue   
    Recently, I developed a yen for old school revival gaming systems and have downloaded several PDF's for perusal purposes, but if I were to play them seriously, I would feel ethically inclined to make sure I owned a legal copy.  A lot of what I have downloaded, I know is legal.  Some I know, I should buy a legitimate copy, but there are some that are in a gray zone.  They are scans of old books that are out of print, and in some cases, the original publishers are out business.  The question is, how can I check whether a download is free and clear or would require some action on my part to make right?
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    Anaximander reacted to Ninja-Bear in Teen Champions Supervillains   
    Another thing about Social Media is some Youtubers video do outrageous stunts for likes. So the Teen Villains do flashy crimes to take videos of themselves.
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    Anaximander reacted to archer in Teen Champions Supervillains   
    Isn't that just a re-skinning of Mark Zuckerberg?  
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    Anaximander got a reaction from Steve in Teen Champions Supervillains   
    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but villains based on hip culture seems to be popular in teen based hero groups.  I'm not too up on modern teen hip culture, but how about Social Medium, a magic using villain who uses social media platforms to control the minds of victims.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from PsiJudge McCabe in Signature Question   
    I have a Facebook page that I am using for a discussion forum for Star Wars, roleplaying games, and writing in general.  I would the link in my signature at the bottom of my posts, but I am seeing where I can add a signature, and I want to make sure there isn't a rule violation for doing that.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from DoctorImpossible in Signature Question   
    I have a Facebook page that I am using for a discussion forum for Star Wars, roleplaying games, and writing in general.  I would the link in my signature at the bottom of my posts, but I am seeing where I can add a signature, and I want to make sure there isn't a rule violation for doing that.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from Vanguard in So, your two statements... What are they/would they be?   
    Good story, good friends
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    Anaximander got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Bloomberg's ads were invasive and annoying and probably did him more harm than good.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from massey in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    One of the biggest drivers in medical costs in our country is an unfriendly regulatory environment that causes doctors and hospitals to spend way to much time, energy, and money jumping through bureaucratic hoops.  I have worked in the hospital environment before, and I am currently trying to get back in.  Most of the actual effects of our regulations is turning the medical profession into a fear based environment where a lot of resources go into self-protective choices.
     
    Reforming the bureaucracy associated with the medical profession to the minimum necessary would go a long ways toward improving services and reducing costs.
     
    Another driver in medical costs is the availability of insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.  All of these options increase costs to medical providers by increasing the amount of paper work that is needed to do medicine.  In addition, they also function as invisible moneys that have a real affect on the supply and demand curves even though they are effectively fake money.  This pushes the value of medical services to the point that they cannot be obtained without outside resources like insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.  You want to decrease the cost of medical services you have to decrease the effects of invisible money.
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    Anaximander got a reaction from Badger in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    One of the biggest drivers in medical costs in our country is an unfriendly regulatory environment that causes doctors and hospitals to spend way to much time, energy, and money jumping through bureaucratic hoops.  I have worked in the hospital environment before, and I am currently trying to get back in.  Most of the actual effects of our regulations is turning the medical profession into a fear based environment where a lot of resources go into self-protective choices.
     
    Reforming the bureaucracy associated with the medical profession to the minimum necessary would go a long ways toward improving services and reducing costs.
     
    Another driver in medical costs is the availability of insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.  All of these options increase costs to medical providers by increasing the amount of paper work that is needed to do medicine.  In addition, they also function as invisible moneys that have a real affect on the supply and demand curves even though they are effectively fake money.  This pushes the value of medical services to the point that they cannot be obtained without outside resources like insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.  You want to decrease the cost of medical services you have to decrease the effects of invisible money.
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    Anaximander reacted to Badger in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Didn't do much harm for me, since I don't hold in high esteem anyway. 😁
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    Anaximander reacted to Hermit in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    "We'll return to the Democratic debates, but first a word from our Sponsor"
     
     
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