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Author Topic: Do you think I can use this mechanic legal?  (Read 2247 times)
Gunnox (Gustav)
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« on: September 03, 2010, 11:25:08 AM »

Hi i'm new here to the forge and are currently working on my tabletop RPG called DrakeStrike which can be found on drakestrike.webs.com. Anyway do you think I can use this mechanic legal:
That all attribute points before 5 is a 1- modifier, 5 is neutral and all points after 5 is 1+ modifier

Why I ask is because this mechanic is somewhat like the Dungeons and Dragons stat mechanic and I really find this mechanic interesting so I want to use it.
What do you think/know?
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Jim D.
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2010, 12:11:49 PM »

Howdy!  Glad you came to join us.

Incidentally, standard practice is that we like to work with real names; Ron's mentioned it's hard to have meaningful conversations with handles.  If you could provide a first name in your display name, signature, or profile, that'd be much appreciated.

wrt your question:  I don't think there's a question of legality here at all.  It's a little silly to trademark/patent/whatever the rights to having increasing/decreasing stats modify die rolls, otherwise a lot of systems would fall apart at the seams.  Unless you're using copyrighted content (which you aren't), it's nothing to worry about.  I've seen a hundred systems use 3d6 stats and d20 rolls per the style of Dungeons & Dragons, and no one's had a bad word to say.  d20 is open license these days anyway, so even if someone had a problem, there's no legal ramifications regardless.

I'd love to see you talk about what's so fascinating about this mechanic and how it interplays with your system, but that probably belongs in First Thoughts.
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Gunnox (Gustav)
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2010, 12:17:52 PM »

Ok, thank you for the information!
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Gunnox (Gustav)
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 01:21:54 PM »

I also have another question, if d20 is a open license then does it mean that i can use the creature and class names used in the SRD of D&D 3.5 edition?
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Chris_Chinn
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2010, 02:56:42 PM »

Hi Gustov,

You'll have to look at the specifics of the OGL license, but I believe so.  Thing is, most of the unique monsters (Beholders, Mindflayers, etc.) are not included for open use- general monsters like orcs, werewolves, ogres, etc. generally are.

On top of that, the OGL license does require that a percentage of any game you produce ALSO becomes Open License.  While that's not a huge deal in and of itself, it does mean that if you are marrying those parts of the game towards working with OGL- any future printings, revised editions, etc. will need you to fulfill the OGL requirements.

My recommendation is:
1) design your game to do what you want before anything else.
2) After you have a functioning game, decide if you really want to deal with OGL etc.  Generally, unless you're making your game to work with types of D&D, it's not going to help as much as be an annoyance at this time.

Chris
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Gunnox (Gustav)
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2010, 03:19:57 PM »

Thank you for the information! BTW my name is Gustav not Gustov :D
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