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They're for what they say on the tin: they're built as a general reference document for the game. What goes into them exactly depends on what the authors decided to put in there to build that reference — there's no set standard. Some SRDs are enormously comprehensive libraries of just about everything or even the full text of the game, some are far ...


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There's basically 3 streams of thought that went into modern SRDs in tabletop RPGs. D20/Evergreen Core Product Push WOTC's SRD and open sourcing push was a neat idea, poorly executed. Their research before launching D20/3rd edition D&D indicated that most of their game sales profits (as opposed to novels...) was coming from the core D&D books, ...



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