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Consider this an apology in advance for any stupid questions I might… 
14th-Sep-2005 10:47 pm
Consider this an apology in advance for any stupid questions I might post here.

I have been going over the d20 system and the OGL.
Now lets say you have a fully developed game world and no system (we have a system actually but its kind of complex). From what I am seeing here I can pretty much write this as a D&D world setting (like Forgotten Realms, Dragon Lance, Dark Sun, etc) and self publish/distribute this for what ever price I set so long as the d20/OGL logo and information is posted where outlined I am pretty much good to go? Also unless stated otherwise all the game world material (cities, religions, history, so on) still belong to me?

Or am I totally misinterpret this?
Yes I can ask a lawyer but the problem is 1: they take to damn long to get back to you (no matter what you pay them) and 2: I would rather ask people who play/write d20 games.
15th-Sep-2005 04:23 am (UTC)
Although you are generalizing a bit too much, the basic idea is yeah. With a few very important qualifications, you can write your own fantasy world, use the rules in the OGL, and sell it on your own.

If you really decide you want to do this, drop me email at jtondro at charter dot net and I'll send you some helpful resources that will keep you from making the n00b mistakes that get your ass sued outta your pants.
15th-Sep-2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yep. Just amke sure you include tall the section 15 things, and that you mark what's open content and what's not. If the book is mostly setting with few rules, then its pretty easy to do. If there are rules and such, need to make sure you don't include any of the verboten things.
16th-Sep-2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Part 1:

If you've got a system that's fun, why not release it under the OGL? Especially if its a take on standard D&D, or if it's something entirely new.

Part 2: You're wrong on two very, very important aspects.

Firstly, the d20 logo gives you NO legal rights. Its value is only in marketability, and if you don't care about that then there is NO reason to use it. Using the d20 logo only hinders your rights, it gives you nothing. (There is no "OGL" logo.)

Secondly, you MUST identify what is and is not Open Gaming Content. Some interpretations hold that you've identified in-effect everything if you identify nothing, others hold that you've simply violated the license.

If you release a word document with all of your home game on it, and attached the OGL to the end of it after saying "this entire document is covered by the Open Gaming License", you've either just made every word OGC, or you've violated numerous copyrights and might wind up losing your house. (Or, more likely, just every dollar you ever put into or got out of your setting.)
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