Sunday, August 8, 2010

Anyone good with the minutiae of the OGL?

I have the last few days been working somewhat on a clone of the psionics rules from Supplement III, Eldritch Wizardry, to OD&D. Part of me have wondered why this have not been cloned before. I took a peek at the psionic book for 3.0, and found that the content was not Open Content. But, in the 3.0 SRD found online the psionic rules where there. So, how do you utilize that SRD? In the 3.5 SRD there are some parts missing, like the psionic attack and defense modes. How am I to use the first SRD then? I'm not very good at the legalistic parts. It's my understanding that I should be good just by putting in a reference to the SRD, copright so-and-so, in paragraph 15 of the OGL included with my clone text. Anyone have any feedback on that?

6 comments:

  1. As far as I know, psionics wouldn't even need to be part of the SRD as long as you restate the rules (non-copyrightable) in your own presentation.

    Of course I'm not a lawyer, but that's the way I understand it.

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  2. That is my understanding also, but since I want to hew fairly close to the original, like using terms like "Ego Whip", I like to have my bases covered.

    Thanks.

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  3. You can simply use the pre-v.3.5 version of the SRD, whose psionics rules do include all the traditional psionic attack modes and defenses. Though the revised SRD superseded the original one, it did not replace it and a publisher is free to either in his publications.

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  4. Sounds like the results are in, and the verdict is good. Thanks all!

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  5. There is also the version from d20srd.org which uses the SRD 1.0a

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  6. Hmm. Is there a SRD 1.0a as well? I thought that 'a' was the new "decency" clause in the OGL.

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