I'm planning to write a book based on a game of Dungeons and Dragons. The rest of the people in my party will get credit as will the DM, who wrote the adventure. If I change the things that were created solely by WotC, such as "Tiefling," and because the idea did not come from one the quest books, would it be considered copyright?


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I'm not an expert on copyright law, but I'm fairly sure that there isn't any reason you couldn't write a story based on a D&D campaign. As long as you make sure to change anything that may be specifically owned by Wizards of the Coast (like your example with tieflings) or part of an established cannon(I think the default setting for d&d is the forgotten realms.) An example I would give for something similar to your question would be the webcomic Darken(http://darkencomic.com/) which draws many elements and tropes from D&D and the forgotten realms, but is (to my knowledge) not infringing upon anyone's copyrights.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Many elements and tropes from D&D are not unique or original to D&D... \$\endgroup\$
    – Adeptus
    May 9, 2016 at 1:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ A lot of people associate D&D with a certain set of fantasy tropes, even if many of them originated with older works, like The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's writing in general. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jonathan
    May 9, 2016 at 1:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ If nothing else, works like "Dragonlance" indicates that not only can you base a series of books on your house campaign, you may even be able to publish it as a set of source books... \$\endgroup\$
    – Vatine
    May 9, 2016 at 9:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Vatine The IP and copyright for Dragonlance is owned by Wizards of the Coast though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Laurel
    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:58

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