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Questions tagged [ogl]

Questions relating to the use and application of the Open Game License (OGL). The OGL allows for derivative works of game material to be produced, while allowing the originator to protect their intellectual property.

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Can I reprint obscure OGL rules in my campaign setting book?

I am presently writing a campaign setting for Pathfinder 1e, in which several rules from the adventure paths and third-party books are used. For example, it uses rules for modern firearms, and city ...
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If Drow and Duergar are allowed as monsters in the D&D 5e SRD, are they allowed as subraces as well?

I'm developing a campaign setting with my S.O. which we intend to publish. (We're uncertain of exactly where we'll publish yet.) I was reading through the D&D 5e SRD released under OGL to see what ...
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OGL-Related Inquiries Regarding Pathfinder Comic Books

I found this website in search of answers to OGL-related inquiries regarding the Pathfinder comic books. I was wondering... if the OGL occurs between the comic content and the bonus game content (not ...
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Can the original WotC-published SRD RTF files be found anywhere?

The “Revised (v3.5) System Reference Document” page on wizards.com still exists, but all of its links, described as RTF (rich text file) downloads of a given size, all result in 404 page-not-found ...
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How can I reference a Monster Manual stat block in an OGL adventure?

I'd like to publish an OGL adventure for 5e. In order to keep its size small, I'd like to avoid having to repeat stat blocks for simple creatures like the skeleton, the zombie, etc. And because not ...
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Are monster names covered as identity under the OGL or otherwise copyrighted?

Can I reuse the names of monsters from works published under the Open Gaming license, specifically monsters found in the Pathfinder Bestiary, the Open Pathfinder SRD web site or books published under ...
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Can I mention Dungeons & Dragons in a D&D 5e OGL product description?

I have been thinking of publishing a D&D 5th edition module under the open gaming license (OGL). I understand the phrase "Dungeons & Dragons" product title is copyrighted trademarked and thus ...
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Does referencing non-SRD material by name constitute “use”?

I am working on a homebrew deity book with the possibility of later publishing it. Having looked over the 5e SRD, the only cleric domain that is Open Content is the Life domain. It is nigh impossible ...
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Does only mentioning a work constitute OGL “usage”?

I am working on a supplement that I will publish under the OGL 1.0a. In one part of my supplement, I list a number of OGL-works as recommended further reading - however, I do not use any rules or ...
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SRD summary translation legal?

I just wonder if it is legal (according to the OGL) to summarize/translate the key rules of the 5e SRD in another language (say German or French) using the OGL?
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Is there an official streamlined/simplified version of the D20 system? [closed]

I'm considering building my own RPG, the setting is already underway I just need a system. For sake of expediency, recognizability and legality I'd like to use an existing system as the base. The ...
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Is Golarion's map covered by the OGL? [closed]

Is the world of golarion considered to be covered in the ogl? By which I mean if I was creating a world using golarion for the base map would I infringe any copyrights? The reason I ask is my dm and ...
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Open Gaming License and Novels

I would like to write an RPG licensed under the OGL that draws inspiration (but does not contain any copyrighted material etc.) from novels and other forms of media. How could I reference those books ...
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How compatible are 5E rules with SRD rules?

5th edition Dungeons & Dragons is published only in English and to the best of my knowledge no plans exist for an official translation into other languages. As a result several crowdfunding ...
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How to enter the OGL into my work

I am writing a module for fifth edition DnD and planning on printing it myself. I understand the do's and do not's of the OGL as far as what I can and cannot use, but I am having troubles with one ...
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Does the OpenD6 OGL allow creating computer games?

As OpenD6 is a bit older (2009 while the ogl used is from 2000) there was probably no thought about the recent trend of digitalization and usage of RPG rules in computer games. So I'm wondering there. ...
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Is one bound in open D6 in any way to the list of skills and where to put them?

With open D6 (all applications of it) you get different skill lists and under which attribute to put them. Most publications that use open D6 seem to almost completely use only skills from this lists ...
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Some core rulebook material isn't in the SRD. Is it licensed under the OGL? [closed]

My core rule books have more material than the SRD. Several sections that are in the rule books the SRD cuts off or leaves out. For example: Some racial subtypes are missing. Some class options are ...
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Are the other wizard arcane traditions not part of the SRD?

The 5e SRD mentions all eight schools as possible for the wizard's Arcane Tradition feature. But later on it only describes evocation. Does this mean the other seven (as described in the PHB) are ...
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May I link to SRD in a document under OGL?

I am writing a house rules document for a Pathfinder game. Not publishing it would be a pity, and not using OGL to publish it likewise, since publishing the house rules under OGL allows others to use ...
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Is there a copy of the 5E SRD in Libreoffice or Word format?

Is there a copy of the 5E SRD in LibreOffice or Word format? I attempted to covert it myself, but were unable to. The only copies I can find are in PDF format or wiki format.
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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 D&...
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Should I include Fate Core in my Fate world book?

If writing my own game/setting/world (product, for brevity's sake), Should I include the whole Fate Core game in my product, as with Apotheosis Drive X, or should I detail only the modifications to ...
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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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Is the Greyhawk pantheon protected “Product identity”?

A bit off the usual topic here but I thought I'd see if anyone knew: Specifically, I'm wondering whether I could make and sell non-game products (like t-shirts, for example) that feature Greyhawk ...
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The D20 / 4th edition OGL licence switching what was really up there? [closed]

As was pointed out to me just in another question the 4th ed / D20 licence switch was not a revoke of the D20 open license. Although what I remember from that time is that publishers were forced to ...
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Is it known if there is any licence to be made for creating content using the D6 rules?

As many of the books are now OGL and west end games no longer existing. Is there any licence for the d6 game system? Or can one create content without having to licence anything?
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Is third party content automatically published under the OGL?

When publishing third party content for Pathfinder, is the published content automatically considered to be under the OGL? I was browsing http://www.d20pfsrd.com and see tons of third party content. ...
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Can Other (non-WOTC) publishers use my OGL content?

My understanding from trying to sort through the D&D 5th Ed OGL is that any content based on Open Content is then also Open Content. That seems to mean that Other writers and publishers could use ...
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Missing Class and Race options in 5th edition SRD?

I just got the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition SRD from this webpage at Wotc. At first, I found it interesting that several of the sub-races were missing (I assumed something happened with them not ...
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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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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 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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Does Age of Rebellion have an open license?

Games like D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder have an open license. I.E. you can do anything with the game data you'd like as long as you're not using any copyrighted graphics or content (adventure paths, etc)...
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Are the names of the more generic planes copyrighted under the OGL as Product Identity?

E.g. "Negative Energy Plane", "Elemental Plane of Air", "Material Plane", essentially all the inner planes plus the material plane: Are these considered Product Identity or could I use them for other ...
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Is there a OGL or GSL license for D&D 5e?

With the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Basic Rules being a free PDF, they are practically the SRD. But is there a license available for content creators that want to create commercial products ...
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Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD? [duplicate]

I recently started playing/GMing Pathfinder (beginner rules) and currently shopping around for the Core Rulebook (planning ahead). The way the PRD puts it, it sounds like the Core Rulebook is entirely ...
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To what extent can the open gaming license be used commercially? [duplicate]

Let's say hypothetically I want to make a videogame based on pathfinder. To what extent can I use their content? From what I can gather, I can use all mechanics, items, and bestiary, but I can't use ...
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What do books have over the SRD? [duplicate]

I've recently learned that many d20 games have their rules accessible for free under OGL in form of a System Reference Document. I'd been quite reluctant to d20, but since it's free, I've thought of ...
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What exactly does Paizo consider Product Identity?

What I am trying to do: I am building a character sheet application for use on my phone or tablet and would like to be able to make a few bucks off of it should it turn out handy during my own game ...
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Reproduction of copyrighted content by website users [closed]

TL:DR Do I need to restrict users of my site from contributing RPG content that is copyrighted (non-OGL)? Or is there some way to allow the reproduction of such content by users (or even by the whole ...
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Is it legal to “use” (reference) copyrighted material in a way that requires ownership of its original publication?

The actual question: Suppose I wrote a campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, and wanted to say something like “To use this material, you need Tome of Battle by Wizards of the Coast,&...
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Is there a Open Game License (OGL) or similar life-path system out there?

I've decided to try and "build" a system of my own, and I've decided to make it a "life path" system but I don't really want to start from absolute scratch, but thus far I've haven't found any open ...
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What content can I reproduce from Pathfinder?

What content can I reproduce from the pathfinder gaming system. Is it anything from the Core rulebook that isn't a specific name? For example, I like the D20PFSRD but the layout and ads annoy me. I ...
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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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Are there any examples of OGL retro-clones of non-D&D games, which weren't based on text released by the game owner? [closed]

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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Can I create a computer game based on the Pathfinder core rules?

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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Is it possible to use rules from OGL or GSL in a computer game?

I'm experimenting with making an RPG game for mobile phones, and I could save some time if I used an established system for stats and combat etc. From a quick read of the licenses I'm not sure whether ...
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Should one buy the Pathfinder book when the content is available for free on d20pfsrd.com?

Does the Pathfinder core rulebook contain any information that is not included already on www.d20pfsrd.com that would make it worth it to buy the PDF version of the manual? Or does it only have extra ...