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

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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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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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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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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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Why use “creative commons” for RPG material?

Why would you use Creative Commons instead of another licensing method for your authored RPG material? Do you know of successful and unsuccessful companies that have used CC that would be willing to ...
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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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What free software can I use for laying out my own RPG?

As I entered a contribution into a 24h-rpg-design-contest (Tanelorn Challenge; similar to Game Chef but German) I was wondering about how to lay out my game. What software would you recommend me for ...
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How do I let the world know about my role-playing system?

I have been working on a short narrativist system for quite some time now. I intend to offer it freely to anyone interested but I'm not sure about a couple of things: First, how do I package it? One ...
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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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What POD services are available for printing & selling custom card decks?

I'm designing a card-based role-playing game and I'm looking for an equivalent to Lulu for printing online cards on demand. The cards would be either playing cards like Magic or similar, or Tarot ...
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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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What is an “ashcan” release?

What are "ashcans"? What are their purpose? Where does the name come from?
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What is expected from NPC profiles that are written for-profit?

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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Guide to writing an RPG - Examples inline or at the end?

I am writing a guide on how to write a free RPG on my blog. The guide has a series of techniques and tips from inspiration to playtest. I have been writing an RPG as I go along as an example of using ...
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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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Advice for writing and publishing a setting/extended campaign for an existing system

I have been playing and GMing rpgs for a number of years, and a little while ago I had what I believe to be a really good idea for an original campaign setting for Savage Worlds, my system of choice. ...
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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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Larry Elmore's Public Domain Art

I recently read that some of Larry Elmore's Black & White Art was released into the public domain, which would be of great benefit to people making retroclones. I'm unable to find it though. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MUD-based game books?

Is there much crossover between published RPGs and the MUDs of old? I am looking for specific examples of MUDs that were later published as game books.
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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 ...
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Commissioning Art for Games

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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Publishing an RPG System for an existing background

I created a role playing system with not too much of a Fantasy setting about 15 years ago. It played well, but when it started to reach the 4th revision, this 4th revision I had put weeks of work in ...
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Is there a way to salvage print distribution or put it out of its misery?

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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Is there a reasonably complete database of RPGs?

Since I can list nearly two dozen off the top of my head, I started wondering how many different RPGs there are. Is there a list anywhere where every published RPG is listed?
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Any news about a Malazan RPG?

Has anyone seen anything about whether a professionally published RPG based on Stephen Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is in production or in discussion? I've done some poking around, but most ...
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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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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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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, ...