Open Game Table Review

2009 March 19
by Stupid Ranger

Monday marks the release of the Open Game Table Anthology.  As an assistant editor on this project, I have had the great opportunity to read this collection, and there’s a lot of good in here!

Jonathan from The Core Mechanic organized this project.  Here’s a brief description of the book that he posted earlier this week:

Open Game Table aims to bridge the gap between the RPG blogging community and the broader table-top gaming fan base by showcasing the best talent in the RPG blogosphere. Within its pages are 47 blog posts from 32 top-quality RPG blogs, plus a Foreword written by RPG luminary Wolfgang Baur. Packed with juicy content and over 60 illustrations, this book is Pure Gold.

He’s absolutely right; this book is Pure Gold.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a player or a GM, there’s plenty in here to enjoy.
For the GMs
There’s great stuff in here for you GMs out there.  From techniques to maximize your prep time to ideas for encounters or NPCs, there’s a little bit of everything.  There are several great articles on managing your game play and timing.  There are a couple of articles with some great ideas on jazzing up your tavern scenes.  There are some great ideas on developing your campaign setting.  And a whole chapter we call the RPG Toolbox, with great ideas and products to improve your gameplay.
For the Players
I found a lot to love as a player in this book.  There are a couple of really good articles on improving your game experience.  There are also some great articles on character development, including some new class options for the 4E players out there.  Plus, there are several articles written for both players and GMs, with advice for both sides of the screen.
As an anthology, I feel that this is a good mix of various elements.  It’s a must-have for anyone who loves RPGs… you won’t regret adding it to your bookshelf!
The Open Game Table will be available for sale on Monday at Amazon, Indie Press Revolution and the Lulu Marketplace.  You can also check out The Core Mechanic for more information.
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