I have run plenty of demos in my time.And that got me thinking. What about a FREE OSR distribution CD-ROM?
The thing about running a demo game is if you are good then the players will want to go out buy that game. If I do it in a game store (my prefered place to run demos) then I like to take them to the product.
The problem with the OSR is that often the product is not there. I have taken books before and sold them at cost, but I am not a retailer so it's an as-needed/as-I-think of it thing.
I suppose what would be nice is if had permission to redistribute the free OSR books on a CD. Maybe build some nice interface and have the PDFs.
Pop in the CD-ROM and it runs on any machine.
Hmm. That sounds like an idea.
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
Would anyone be interested in such a thing?
Would anyone out there be interested in contributing to something like this? (Free PDFs to redistribute not money!)