Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Oh Palladium Books, Why Can't You Get With the Times?
A confession: I love Palladium Books and Palladium Fantasy Role-Play in particular. I love the settings more than Greyhawk, more than Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play, and more than any home brew setting I've ever done; BUT as things stand right now you will never see me post anything about my own efforts in those games. You will never see me create random charts, monsters, classes, or adventures for it.
Because of their restrictive internet policy. Unlike Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, and most independent game companies active in the market today Palladium Books demands that anything you create for their game be given over to them and put under their copyright. While it is true that they are well within their rights to continue acting like the world is the same as it was in 1995, it is also true that few in this age will go along with that policy. I know I certainly won't and surveying the blogging community I only know of three blogs that even come close to supporting Palladium Books products.
Yet even if the internet policy were fixed Palladium would still have an uphill climb because of how bloated the system has become. The whole system - which is a lot of fun if you use nothing but the core books - needs to be cleaned up and simplified again. The storylines need to be refocused and in general the whole thing just needs a good refurbishing. Then it needs a version of the open gaming license so that all of us who love it can openly support it and create the sort of community that exists for Dungeons and Dragons.
Yeah, none of that is going to be happening anytime soon because Siembieda doesn't see the need. But I'm still bitching about it because I would love to put stuff out there and won't until the internet policy is more open and reasonable for this day and age. So I guess I'll be holding my breath until I get my way.
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