With a sledgehammer...
How can you possibly say he had no authority to deny anything? His rules. His game. HIS PROPERTY. He most certainly has the right to say if and how someone else can use it. He certainly has NO OBLIGATION WHATSOEVER to accept your "help".
By your logic, I can come over right now and drive your car to Tijuana and back.
Now, you claim to want "intelligent discourse"? Fine. Go through my post above, where I start with "Well, yes and no. Thing is, this isn't about money" and logically and factually disprove what I said. So far, you haven't done so.
You want "intelligent discourse"? Prove it. Start by engaging in it, instead of ad hominem attacks.
Don't believe me? Read section VI. I quote: "You may have noticed that none of these provisions discuss money."
It's about intellectual property. They (SJ Games, to include whatever writers they were working with), as the content creator, most certainly have the right to say how their property can be used. Just because you're not making money off of it doesn't give you the right to use their IP. The licensing that they refer to in the section you reference is as much (or more, I'd bet) about protecting their IP and how it is used than about $$$. And when I say "how it is used", I refer to not just the medium in which it is used (digital vs. tabletop) but, more importantly, to the content that is used in conjunction with it.
Nowhere does it say *anything* like "if a computer is anywhere near his games, you own [sic] him royalties".
Look, they are not going around suing groups of tabletop GURPS players who are sharing a single copy of GURPS 4e, ok? Nor are they suing anyone who is making/maintaining character sheets on a computer.
Sorry that he denied your request to include GURPS for OpenRPG, but neither he not his company was under any obligation to allow you to use their IP, regardless of whether money changed hands.
...if you buy a Mac, you'll never have to think again about taking care of your computer except maybe once a blue moon.
Right. That's what the majority of people want. Just like they don't want to think about the maintenance of their car. They want it to just work. And like it or not, Apple delivers on that.