Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The OGL? All my idea...commissions are owed...

From what was perhaps the first D&D Internet Nerdwar, a post from Usenet where I introduced the idea of something resembling the OGL. It was 1995, and T$R just closed down all FTP sites with gamer created material on them with threats of legal action a year or so earlier. Their first online rep was an unmitigated ass, hated by all. Sean K. Reynolds came onboard, and helped to calm things down a lot. He took a lot of crap, unnecessarily so, and I'll buy him a beer if I ever meet the guy in person for the crap I gave him. I give the guy lots of credit for calming things down.

Anyhow, here's the link, proving once and for all that the OGL was all my idea.

Commissions are owed to me on all OGL sales made since its introduction. Pay up, bitches. :)



  1. Wow, 95 was around the year I got heavily into computers. I didn't look at the online Gaming community until some time last year! I never hung out at game shops and cons as an adult, so I guess I was just following suit with my net activities. Nice bit o' trivia.

  2. Joe,
    I don't think you'll get anything. You should have filed a "business method" patent. :)

    Regardless, an interesting bit of history.

    -M the IP Attorney

  3. Wow, that's a trip down memory lane. Back around that time I was starting college and I spent hours every day sitting in the library on an VT100 terminal reading all those USENET groups. I don't remember this exact exchange, but I do remember the time period and a lot of those names are very familiar to me, as well as a lot of the arguments going on about "T$R" clamping down on IP rights during their twilight years and the long slide towards being bought out.

    Thanks for sharing this!


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