After yesterday's little drama (and it is good to have these every so often to keeps things lively) I have a couple of random thoughts.
- First it looks like Vince made an honest mistake with the cover art.
This is obviously not a James Shipman deal. But I'll counter with that if you are going to go through the effort of putting a product together, make sure that what you are doing is 100% legit. Don't assume anything. Unless you know 100%, don't use it. Even then verify. Even if you buy the art make sure the person you are buying it from actually has the rights to sell it.
Right now I think I am in about as deep as I can get with art for my witch books. Depending on how these books are priced (I want them to be inexpensive) I might break even with the money I have spent on it so far. That's not a complaint mind you, I like the art a lot and has a nice 70s-80s vibe to it.
- Secondly does the OSRIC community need a Players Guide?
Given that this product got so much attention that even I noticed it (and I am far outside the OSRIC community) and there is another project of similar scope on the way. I would guess so. Personally I would think you could just print up the OSRIC book's first few chapters and be done with it.
I guess that is part of my confusion. Is OSRIC a guide or compendium or is it a game in and of itself?
I am not involved enough with OSRIC to really know. I like the idea of one. I liked the idea of the one just recently out, but not as a guide or as a book itself but as something that extended the OSRIC concept and potentially raised the bar in terms of production; till it didn't.
Does anyone here play it? Do you play it as straight OSRIC or are you playing 1st ED AD&D with OSRIC as guide book?