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I strongly recommend the Third Imperium, the default setting of the well-known game Traveller. More specifically, I recommend Mongoose's Spinward Marches source book, which details it. Traveller was made for the kind of flying-round-getting-into-trouble campaign you describe, and the Spinward Marches were made for Traveller. The Spinward Marches book ...


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Both games I'm going to recommend hit many of your points except the detailed source book - however, they make it easy to either make your own setting or adapt one without tons of mechanical trouble. Stars Without Number SWN is explicitly about sandbox play. In fact, the biggest prep you do is at the beginning of play where you random generate several ...


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There's a couple that might fit the bill. You mentioned the Vorkosigan saga specifically, there is actually a GURPS Vorkosigan sourcebook. You can even get it new from Amazon for $32. GURPS has a lot of space supplements that can be used from hard SF to space opera to transhumanism. Those tend towards the "cobble the bits you like together, the setting's ...


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Many people have given the copyright-oriented answer to this question. I'm going to give an OGL-oriented one. What is the OGL? Generally, IP laws apply before you can do anything legally with someone else's IP. The OGL is a license for you to use specific parts of a work, as identified by that specific work. What is covered? Only products that have ...


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"Not only will you not get [your book] looked at, you won't get it published." R.A. Salvatore, during a Meet the Author speech, stated this and added that not only would it limit you to one specific license that you could sell it to, but you would have to have every citation perfect. He suggests writing something generic that could fit in to a genre and if ...


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Talk to a Lawyer This should always be the answer for copyright questions. That said, what you are asking about is largely known as parody. However the legal protections of parody are a complicated matter and may require a lawsuit to defend. Thus, you should consult a copyright lawyer before attempting to publish any material derived from these campaigns. ...


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Simple answer: probably, if you don't "trade" with the name(s) in a prominent position, but you better be able to pay the court costs to argue with the multinational corporation that thinks it's not okay. If you dug your heels in you'd have a fighting chance, but forget about having a life while dealing with it. Alternatively, write to their legal ...


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OK, so here's game intellectual property 101. There are niche exceptions to all of it, but at a high level it's going to hold for 99% of use cases in the free world. If you don't already know all the stuff below you should not enter into any commercial enterprise based on someone else's IP without professional legal advice. You are never free to use ...



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