Mechnoir is out and you should buy it (if you didn’t get it free as a Technoir Kickstarter backer, that is). It’s $5. What is it? It’s the super cool streamlined system of Technoir (itself an evolved version of the system in Chronica Feudalis) only now with giant stompy robots. What’s also very cool is that the book is released under the creative commons, meaning that if you want to hack it and publish said hack (with proper attribution), or if you want to share the PDF with remote friends who have no money (so you can all play online), you can do it.

That last bit is especially helpful. Our weekly games at the hub are online (via Skype), as our members are scattered to the four winds. Getting explicit permission to make our lives as a group easier is immense, and I support it wholesale (with my moneydollars and love).

You can read more about the release from Jeremy’s website here.

Bits and Mortar

Now this is just cool. Some publishers and retailers are joining forces to grant you free PDF copies of the print books you buy.

The past several years have seen growth in consumer acceptance of PDFs and eBooks. With an eye on using this to drive customers to their friendly local game stores, a coalition of publishers have formed Bits and Mortar, a pro-retailer, pro-brick-and-mortar, pro-PDF, pro-eBook initiative.

Bits and Mortar uses simple methods and existing technology to allow retailers the ability to quickly and easily offer their customers PDF versions of the physical games they purchase in store at no additional charge.

Read more here.