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This podcast recording of a seminar at GenCon talks a bit about how Paizo handles their layout design. It's in a section about the editing/layout process, which is only one part of the whole thing, but it is relevant. Some of the things mentioned include the positioning of artwork, how they wrap text, density of the rules, and so on. I remember similar ...


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I'm not a lawyer, but I've got some idea about copyright. Copyright does not cover names, facts, or vague ideas. However, the FR deities are almost certainly not legal for use: They are more than a simple concept; complete characters have often been protected under copyright (J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield, for example), and there is nothing about the ...


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You cannot copyright a name. Still, this doesn't mean you can use them freely, because characters can be copyrighted. The deities in Forgotten Realms are no doubt fictional characters with individual characteristics, so they are subject to copyright. This means that, you can use the names, but if you also borrow the characteristics (appearance, moral ...


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All FR gods and other setting proper nouns are the intellectual property of WotC - probably copyright, maybe some trademark, maybe even some trade dress... The specifics aren't all that important in this case. Technically, legally, and unless you have a bunch of money and lawyers to try to fight it, you need permission to use them. This kind of use is NOT ...



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