Questions relating to the use and application of the Open Game License (OGL)

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Is it legal to write and publish a novel based on a pre-existing campaign or setting?

I have read over the OGL and researched copyright laws, but I still am not sure how much of what I want to do is legal. What if someone wanted to write a story about a pre-existing campaign, such as ...
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How do I publish content for Pathfinder? [closed]

I have created a reference document for Pathfinder that I am interested in getting published. I have no clue about how to get this done. I can find the OGL rules and whatnot, but no advice on how to ...
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What Information Can I Use If I Want To Publish My Own D&D 5e Module?

I intend to write a D&D module and publish it under the OGL (I know 5e itself isn't OGL, see note below) for use with both D&D 5e and AD&D. I know there are areas where I can't draw ...
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Are the names of the more generic planes copyrighted under the OGL as Product Identity?

E.g. "Negative Energy Plane", "Elemental Plane of Air", "Material Plane", essentially all the inner planes plus the material plane: Are these considered Product Identity or could I use them for other ...
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Is there a OGL or GSL license for D&D 5e?

With the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Basic Rules being a free PDF, they are practically the SRD. But is there a license available for content creators that want to create commercial products ...
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Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD? [duplicate]

I recently started playing/GMing Pathfinder (beginner rules) and currently shopping around for the Core Rulebook (planning ahead). The way the PRD puts it, it sounds like the Core Rulebook is entirely ...
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To what extent can the open gaming license be used commercially? [duplicate]

Let's say hypothetically I want to make a videogame based on pathfinder. To what extent can I use their content? From what I can gather, I can use all mechanics, items, and bestiary, but I can't use ...
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What do books have over the SRD? [duplicate]

I've recently learned that many d20 games have their rules accessible for free under OGL in form of a System Reference Document. I'd been quite reluctant to d20, but since it's free, I've thought of ...
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What exactly does Paizo consider Product Identity

What I am trying to do: I am building a character sheet application for use on my phone or tablet and would like to be able to make a few bucks off of it should it turn out handy during my own game ...
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Reproduction of copyrighted content by website users [closed]

TL:DR Do I need to restrict users of my site from contributing RPG content that is copyrighted (non-OGL)? Or is there some way to allow the reproduction of such content by users (or even by the whole ...
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Is there a Open Game License (OGL) or similar life-path system out there?

I've decided to try and "build" a system of my own, and I've decided to make it a "life path" system but I don't really want to start from absolute scratch, but thus far I've haven't found any open ...
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What content can I reproduce from Pathfinder?

What content can I reproduce from the pathfinder gaming system. Is it anything from the Core rulebook that isn't a specific name? For example, I like the D20PFSRD but the layout and ads annoy me. I ...
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Mixing SRD Main and d20 Modern SRD

I've read through the legal information and there doesn't seem to be any constraints against mixing SRD main and d20 Modern SRD, but I wanted to double check hoping someone here might know better. I'm ...
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Are there any examples of OGL retro-clones of non-D&D games?

I'm planning a project to create a retro-clone of a non-D&D game. The problem is that I specifically want to restate the mechanics of the game as faithfully as possible, but I'm not sure how to ...
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Can I create a computer game based on the Pathfinder core rules?

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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Is it possible to use rules from OGL or GSL in a computer game?

I'm experimenting with making an RPG game for mobile phones, and I could save some time if I used an established system for stats and combat etc. From a quick read of the licenses I'm not sure whether ...
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How does the OGL relate to the FATE system?

I was looking at the SRD for Spirit of the Century, and I noticed the Wizards of the Coast OGL license at the bottom of the document. I did a bit of digging, and FATE states that it is a derivative of ...
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Which games have been based off/derived from the Anime d20 SRD?

The Anime d20 SRD brought some interesting changes to the original 3e d20 SRD. Aside from BESM d20, which obviously isn't a derivative of itself, which games have made use of the Anime d20 SRD - in ...
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Is Mutants and Masterminds 3e (going to be) OGL?

So I've been flipping through the DC Adventures rulebook, and a lot of the terms are changing up: "feat" is now "advantage" for example... is this part of a move away from the OGL on the part of Green ...
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Is there a list of non-OGL monsters?

I would like to find a list of monsters that are not OGL - like mind flayers, beholders, etc. How do you identify whether a monster is OGL or not?
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What can make OGL material harder or easier to reuse in other products?

I keep reading about OGL material that is written in such a way that makes it harder to use than normal, and other OGL material that is written such that it's easier to reuse in other products. ...