Relating to the creation and distribution of gaming-related materials, whether digitally or in print.

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Why does Fate Accelerated Edition cost so little?

I feel like Fate Accelerated Edition shouldn't cost so little. Does anybody know why or were the developers just being nice?
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How are monsters/creatures/npcs presented in Fate setting manuals?

Background I'd like to add a list of creatures, monsters, and characters to a Fate project, like the D&D Monster Manual. I understand that the GM usually writes NPCs custom per game, but I want ...
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Is it legal to design and publish a game with D&D's ability scores?

If I were to design an RPG that had Str/Dex/Con/etc... would it be legal to publish it? I know that games like Pathfinder and Dungeon World got away with it, but I'm not sure how or why. Looking at ...
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Does the OGL let me write D&D 5e compatible rulebooks legally?

In the D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide, there are two magic items named The Book of Exalted Deeds and The Book of Vile Darkness. In their description, under "Vile Lore" it says that the DM ...
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Where can I post a d20 adventure? [closed]

I have prepared an adventure using the rules of the d20 system and my players' liked a lot. I would like to know how to publish spreader is, if there are sites that let you do even for free. I do not ...
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What is the average number of sales of adventures (modules) and adventure settings (hexcrawls) for OSR publishers?

I came across this post on the blog Monsters & Manuals about the campaign setting Yoon-Suin and its units sold since being published. It's interesting to read for someone who's entertaining the ...
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Do Fate's licenses allow including core rulebook text in a for-profit expansion?

Is it supported by either or both of Fate's licenses to include passages of significant length from the Fate Core and Fate System Toolkit rulebooks in a Powered By Fate game of your own design that ...
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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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How can I replicate the native look & feel of Fate documents?

Fate documents (whether they are rule books, adventure books, character sheets, etc.) generally have a pretty recognizable style (a typical example is the Fate Core Character Sheet). The rule books ...
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What's a good way to design and layout an Apocalypse World playbook?

Pretty much ^ that. I'm writing an AW playbook, and I would not like to start from scratch with regards to the layout and suchlike. Does anyone have any tips/tricks/recommendations?
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Can I Write A Story Within The Forgotten Realms And Publish it? [duplicate]

If I were to use a character, say a Deva, and create a story using them can I publish it? For things like town names, God titles and small amounts of lore I can change them. But the real question is, ...
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How do I get my game reviewed?

I've created an RPG that's available free online as a Google doc, and want to get it some more exposure by having people write reviews of it. I tried finding reviewers on reddit/google+/twitter, but ...
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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. ...
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What is an SRD for?

Some RPGs have SRDs. Wikipedia tells me that they are System Reference Documents, but that it's largely a D&D thing, and doesn't explain why they exist. Only that they do. This answer suggests ...
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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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Is it legal to write and distribute adventures or campaign settings for D&D 3.5?

I am considering writing and selling adventures and/or a campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons v3.5 and I am wondering if it is legal to do so. Also what am I allowed to use from the official ...
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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 are the legal/ethical considerations of republishing old adventures for new editions?

I am a lazy GM and I rely a lot on published adventures. Particularly shorter ones: I get a lot of pleasure from tweaking and arranging them into a coherent narrative frame for a campaign. I've been ...
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Do Tabletop RPGs Require a Copyright?

I am currently creating a Tabletop RPG and I have already found a few ways to publish it. The main problem I am having is this: if I want to get credit for making the game, and receive any and all ...
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What is expected from NPC profiles that are written for-profit? [closed]

I'm considering putting some of my spare time into writing detailed NPC profiles and making them available for a small price (around 50p or 75 cents each, with bundle deals) on DriveThruRPG. Releases ...
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Where can I find FATE Core RPG symbols?

I want to write my own FATE Core adventures and rules. Where can I find either a font or individual graphical elements for: Overcome, Create an Advantage, Attack, and Defend. Do these exist? Do I ...
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Is it legally okay to blog a D&D 5e story (actual play)

Okay, this might be a stupid question (sorry about that) and possibly even a duplicate, but is it okay legally to blog a D&D 5e story, that is, to publish a kind of "actual play" publicly? Sure I ...
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Writing D&D content (adventures, mostly) as a paying job, is it possible? [closed]

I've heard of people who write adventures and sell them, for real-life money. I'd like to know how is it possible, profitable, and if so where can I do it? I have rather good writing skills and ...
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How to hire freelance writers for my self-published RPG who will adhere to my canon?

So, I'm in the early stages of writing my own tabletop RPG System/Setting. I plan to self-publish most likely, probably starting off just on DriveThruRPG and seeing how it goes from there. And I'm ...
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What is the workflow in Commercial RPG writing?

What steps does writing a RPG go though? I'm talking work break down structure. and what happen. For example in software, a workflow might be: Development is divided into a series of releases Each ...
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Who drew the ten Princes in “Damnation City”?

In Damnation City there is a section with ten princes with artwork that is really cool. Does anyone know the identity of the artist?
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What is the chronological list of D&D 3(.5)e material? [duplicate]

The ring of the darkhidden wondrous item has been published in both MoF and MIC. I assume Magic of Faerûn was printed before Magic Item Compendium, but I want to know for sure. There is a similar ...
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Comprehensive list of WOTC D&D 4.0 products?

Is there a list of all the D&D 4.0 books to date, available on the web? Ideally sorted by release date, but I'm not picky.
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What's a good printing/publishing service for tabletop RPGs?

I'm making a tabletop RPG (with some friends) that we plan to put on Kickstarter. Along with releasing the RPG in electronic form, I would really like to have a printing or publishing service so that ...
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Tutorials and advice regarding RPG layout design

I sometimes see great variations of layout/design quality between different RPGs. For example, Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5, or the recent OVA have great layouts and designs. Some others ... less ...
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Are the Gods in Forgotten Realms under copyright?

I'm in the midst of writing a story involving Cyric and Tharizdon butting heads over a group of mortals attempting to obtain one of Cyric's toys and destroy it. (based on a 2 dungeon master, dungeon ...
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What happened to SVDPress?

I used to read SVDPress's blog about fourthcore and their updates but the last time I went to their site it simply was a download page for the three fourthcore modules they created. I've archived them ...
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What are the legal issues for making a fan RPG of a licensed property using GURPS?

There are a lot of great franchises which don't have tabletop RPGs for them and I've seen that GURPS can handle, or give a valiant attempt at least basically anything, and I've seen for example ...
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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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Where can I learn how to design my own RPG?

Let's say I have an idea for my own tabletop roleplaying game. Where can I go to learn more about how to design and publish my RPG? In particular: How can I find advice and resources to help me ...
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Where can I get fantasy public domain art?

I'm working on a series of NPC cards but I'm having trouble finding good pictures. Is there a good source for public domain/creative commons fantasy-themed art out there? Is there another good way to ...
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Any good resources for would-be authors of a line of gaming products? [closed]

Were you to move into authoring RPG material, where would you go to for advice? I am thinking of publishing a whole line of gaming products. However, I am not adverse to hearing more focused ideas. ...
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How would I go about publishing the RPGs I've created?

I've written three games that are all pretty much finished, and I want to move forward with them. The next logical step is publication, but where do I go to find out about publishing a ...
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Where could I go to find editing services that specialize in RPGs?

So I have had a time travel themed RPG successfully kickstarted and am entering the stage where I await feedback from the playtesters. In the meantime, I am searching for editing services that ...
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Where is the best place to introduce your own Pen&Paper System?

I am working on a tabletop RPG (SteamDICE) that uses lots of online integration (web-based and mobile devices), but to kick start the project to the next stage, we need supporters, backers and ...
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Is publishing yet another RPG system a good or bad idea? [closed]

The situation is this: I recently designed an RPG system with a group of friends (a sort of mad-lib type system, an improv-type system where you can't say no but just take what the player and/or GM ...
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How is DriveThruRPG's Print on Demand Quality?

I just discovered that Drive Thru RPG (and presumably RPGNow) offer POD. What is their quality like?
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Can I use existing game mechanics in my own designs?

To what extent is it permissible to use aspects of a given system (for commercial use)? Say I wanted to have rules for how a skill check works, do I have to be careful that I am not using the same as ...
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Best way to promote the Indie RPG I am developing [duplicate]

I am currently developing a Indie RPG that I hope to Kickstart next year. What is the best way to promote it? (I know this is a common question) Currently I have found Google+ communities the best, ...
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Commissioning Art for Games [closed]

What I'm interested in is the prevalent practices for licensing art within the tabletop games industry: How is most art commissioned for tabletop games licensed to the creator of the tabletop game ...
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How can I stat up a troll in 5 different systems?

I'm developing a small, system-agnostic setting, which will be published in several mediums (blog, PDF, and paper). I'd like to stat up several of the most unusual creatures for popular systems: ...
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Is there a way to salvage print distribution or put it out of its misery? [closed]

I thought I'd try a publishing-related question. Print distribution for hobby games has been in trouble for a long time. Especially since the collapse of Wizard's Attic, distribution seems to be on ...
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What is an “official” supplement in the context of D&D 3.5?

I'm uncertain if WotC ever laid down rules for what supplements can be considered "official" or canonical material. I can think of at least the following classes of material: The core rulesbooks ...
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Is the SPECIAL attribute-system (the one used in the Fallout games) copyrighted? [duplicate]

I have tried to search the Internet for this. I am thinking of creating my own (commercial) RPG and I am also thinking of using the same set of attributes the popular Fallout games are using, also ...
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Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry? [closed]

I love that sites like DriveThruRPG house all sorts of indie RPGs, and sells them for affordable prices. Don't let me question fool you into thinking I am against this practice, in fact PDF versions ...