D20 OGL Makes Way For Third Party Publishers Like EveryMan Gaming

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I love the D20 OGl, because it paved the way for Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG game. Which has in turn brought Nerdarchy in contact with Alex Augunas.

Pathfinder

But before I go any further for you folks that don’t know what OGL is- Open Gaming License. It was introduced when Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition was launched. Wizards Of The Coast, WOTC for short probably regrets that decision to this day.

In allowing others to use the D20 rules system WOTC created a glut in the RPG space that allowed a lot of crap to come out, but hidden in all of those turds were some real diamonds. Two stand out for me- Green Ronin’s Mutants and Masterminds and the Pathfinder system. Two completely different games that I love for different reasons.

I’m getting a little off topic click Mutants and Masterminds if you’d like more info on that, but for now let us focus on Pazio’s Pathfinder game. Paizo once apon a time was formed to publish Dungeons and Dragons two monthly magazines- Dragon Magazine and Dungeon Magazine.

Dragon was a supplement aimed at players while Dungeon was geared more toward DMs.

Two things happened around the same time 4rth edition was announced and the magazines were going to go digital back under WOTCs control. I believe these two events conspired to create WOTC’s greatest competitor Paizo Publishing and their Pathfinder system. Pathfinder is basically D&D 3.5 on steroids.

Paizo

By Wizards of the Coast announcing a new edition of Dungeons and Dragons so soon after 3rd a large portion of their consumer base rebelled. Which was perfect for Paizo all they had to do was step in and say ” Look your game it’s OK. It’s right here just the way you like.” BOOM insta-audience for their system based off of the d20 system and the OGL.

All of that to just get to what this article is really about and that’s our meeting with a local third party publisher named Alex Augunas of Everyman Gaming. I first encounter Alex on Facebook in one of the Pathfinder groups. From there I came across his Everyman Gaming blog. You can check it out- here

Alex writes super crunchy articles and is exceptional at explaining game mechanics. His website is an awesome resource whether you’re running a game or playing as a player.

Our YouTube Video with Alex about all the great Freelance work he’s done based off the OGL.

 

Ted and I had a great time hanging out with Alex and talking shop. He’s still a young guy and already putting together an impressive resume. Keep an eye on this kid I’m expecting big things from him in the future. We really had some great discussions with Alex about D&D, Pathfinder, and games we’ve played in.

Alex’s Published D20 Works

Raging Swan Press
Village Backdrop: Vulgruph’s Hollow
Dungeon Dressing: Walls
GM’s Monthly Miscellany: February 2014
Village Backdrop: Trickletrek
GM’s Monthly Miscellany: April 2014
Village Backdrop: Prayer’s Point
Alternate Dungeons: Mystic Groves
GM’s Monthly Miscellany: June 2014
GM’s Monthly Miscellany: May 2014

 

Radiance House
Pact Magic Unbound, Vol. 1 (PFRPG)
Pact Magic Unbound, Vol. 2 (PFRPG)

Fat Goblin Games
d20pfsrd presents Open Gaming Monthly #4
Amazing Races: Kitsune!

All of which can be found- here

A few of these products as of right now can be downloaded for free!

 

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My name is Dave Friant I've been gaming off and on for over 27 years. But here is the thing it's always been a part of my life I've kept secret and hidden away. I've always been ashamed of the stigma that gaming and my other nerdy and geeky pursuits summon forth. Recently I decided screw it! This is who I am the world be damned. From now on I'm gonna be a geek, nerd, or however folks want to judge me and just enjoy life. Currently one of my greatest joys is introducing my 13 yr old son to table top RPG's.

6 Responses

  1. Alex Augunas
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    Thanks for having me over to do an interview, guys! I had a blast. 🙂

  2. Darrell Vin Zant
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    There are so many little comments I wish I could insert to this video! Like, "Taking stuff from a grave? Isn't that adventuring?"

  3. Darrell Vin Zant
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    There are so many little comments I wish I could insert to this video! Like, "Taking stuff from a grave? Isn't that adventuring?"

  4. David Friant
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    Yea Darrell the things we do as adventures. It's kind of like when I used to watch Looney Tunes as a kid a couple of characters would get stranded on a desert island without food. The next thing you know they start seeing each other as food instead of people.

    Adventurers are like that when hps start running low. Part of you sees the companion you want to save the other part starts seeing a pile of gear.

  5. David Friant
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    It truly was our pleasure Alex. One of the great parts of Nerdarchy is meeting new awesome people like yourself.

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