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Post Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:47 pm 
 

Recently I decided to undertake a project similar to what I've encountered here in law school in various fields of the law.  Basically the premise is a bunch of scholar/geeks (magic-user/thieves, mostly) get together and codify what the law is, generally speaking, for a broad area, such as Contracts, Property, Torts, etc.  In addition to the codification of what the state of the law is, they also propose what it should be.  But perhaps most helpful is they provide lots of commentary about the reasons why.

I thought this model could work really well when applied to OD&D.  I became interested in OD&D about 1 year ago, and have acquired a collection that contains all of the source Canon (although I only have the SRs in PDF) to my knowledge.  But it's a real pain to flip through books - while they make great collectibles, their usefulness is somewhat suspect.  I found myself making handwritten copies of tables to use during gaming, and whatnot.

So I decided to try my hand at what has probably been done by more than a few here and elsewhere: combining the rules into one document, complete with citations, logical organization, and - I hope - great commentary about potential modifications, etc.  The idea being to take the OD&D rules and create something akin to the AD&D books, but with better organization and an adherence to the original system (i.e., d8s for Fighting-men, etc).  Along the way, I'm probably going to try to fix a few things that appear broken - Bards and Illusionists for example.

So, here's an open question.  Anyone at all interested in such a project?  I've succeeded in porting over the core books and the supplements into text, so I can cut and paste, but Blackmoor is giving me some trouble since the scan I have is apparently the free internet one (which is passworded to prevent, uh, who knows).  May have to scan it in myself.  But I am thinking that once I get all the junk combined into a document in text format, that I may try my hand at putting this into a Wikipedia-style thing, so it'd be nicely linked and searchable, and people could easily add commentary (which is what makes the Restatements so nice).

Thoughts?  I have a working group on my forums at www.beermotor.org/odnd.



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Post Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:48 pm 
 

If you change your avatar back to the one with the guy fondling the girl's can, I'll do it. What exactly do you need done?

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:19 pm 
 

"Ask, and ye shall receive."

Basically all I need right now is (1) somebody (or possibly a couple somebodies) who are interested enough to supply opinions, and (2) supplement 2 in a .rtf format.  

I'm not doing this for a profit or anything, I'm mostly interested in having a functional document I can use for my own refereeing.  So if you are interested in having such a thing as well, your input would be valuable.  I'm committed to doing all the gruntwork on my own.



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Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:36 pm 
 

Ah, you made my day.
Well, I would be happy to help if I can.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:06 pm 
 

beermotor, I'm one of those who has put together the rules into a single document, reorganized and all that.  However, that document won't be terribly useful as I incorporated rules from other editions of the game with the sole purpose of making a D&D rule set that I would want to play that was still compatible with AD&D.

I do however, have Supplement II in PDF, and mine allows text extraction.  Drop me a line and we'll talk.



  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:00 am 
 

beermotor wrote:"Ask, and ye shall receive."

Basically all I need right now is (1) somebody (or possibly a couple somebodies) who are interested enough to supply opinions, and (2) supplement 2 in a .rtf format.  

I'm not doing this for a profit or anything, I'm mostly interested in having a functional document I can use for my own refereeing.  So if you are interested in having such a thing as well, your input would be valuable.  I'm committed to doing all the gruntwork on my own.


hehe that is one funny avatar :D



  
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