Too many roleplaying game bibliographies hold everything and the kitchen sink. If a book mentions a particular type of sword, and that’s the only thing relevant to the setting. It goes on the list, with equal weight to the book that the setting swiped 90% of its character and tropes from. Shouldn’t bibliographies — because roleplaying games aren’t scholarly, academic writing — call out why those works are on the list, to give the reader a better indication of how and why they might want to check it out?
Again, I’m looking at updating the Official Series Bible Core Book, as well as the OSB settings, to offer better advice and better references. This extends to bibliographies, filmographies, suggested systems to use for running the setting, and even soundtracks. What criteria would you use? How would you quickly and efficiently convey the relevant information, or like to see it communicated? All feedback and ideas are appreciated.