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Can I make a digital game using BRP?


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I'm a student and planning a game project. It will be made with RPG Maker, and I'm looking forward to uploading in Steam. Can I use Basic Roleplaying rules in my game? 

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I want to create my own historical adventure X X

 

I found this but I'm having difficulties in understanding what it actually means. Does 'game' mean new TRPG rule? Or is it including digital games too? If it's right, are the last three saying that I can't make 'science fiction', 'fantasy', 'historical adventure' genre games? The game I'm planning includes fantasy elements, though the main genre is horror.

I was not sure where to question this, just found this forum...If anyone knows where should I contact to discuss this, It would be nice if you let me know. 🙂

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4 hours ago, KNY said:

I'm a student and planning a game project. It will be made with RPG Maker, and I'm looking forward to uploading in Steam.

I'm no lawyer, but it seems clear to me.

4 hours ago, KNY said:

Can I use Basic Roleplaying rules in my game? 

0. Legal Information

You may incorporate the rules as they appear in BRPSRD1.0, wholly or in part, into a derivative work, through the use of the BRPOpen Game License, Version 1.0.

1.    Definitions:

(b)  “Derivative Material” means copyrighted material including derivative works and translations (including into computer languages), potation, modification, correction, addition, extension, upgrade, improvement, compilation, abridgment, or other forms in which an existing work may be recast, transformed, or adapted;

3. ... You must affix a complete copy of this License to any BRP Open Game Content that You Use and include the Copyright Notice detailed in Section 7 in all appropriate locations.

So yes (as long as you follow the license

4 hours ago, KNY said:

If it's right, are the last three saying that I can't make 'science fiction', 'fantasy', 'historical adventure' genre games? The game I'm planning includes fantasy elements, though the main genre is horror.

It's saying you can, the X means yes 

4 hours ago, KNY said:

I was not sure where to question this, just found this forum...If anyone knows where should I contact to discuss this, It would be nice if you let me know. 🙂

@MOB should be able to help.

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1 hour ago, David Scott said:

I'm no lawyer, but it seems clear to me.

0. Legal Information

You may incorporate the rules as they appear in BRPSRD1.0, wholly or in part, into a derivative work, through the use of the BRPOpen Game License, Version 1.0.

1.    Definitions:

(b)  “Derivative Material” means copyrighted material including derivative works and translations (including into computer languages), potation, modification, correction, addition, extension, upgrade, improvement, compilation, abridgment, or other forms in which an existing work may be recast, transformed, or adapted;

3. ... You must affix a complete copy of this License to any BRP Open Game Content that You Use and include the Copyright Notice detailed in Section 7 in all appropriate locations.

So yes (as long as you follow the license

It's saying you can, the X means yes 

@MOB should be able to help.

Thank you for your kind reply😭 I'm glad that I can proceed with my project. I wish you have a good day! 😄

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Is your RPG an original setting, or one clearly based upon entirely-public domain materials?

n.b. the BRP OGL specifically disallows infringing upon IP's, so (for example) you can make a sci-fi-horror game, but not one that's explicitly based upon the Alien franchise.
 

Also, specifically, the BRP OGL doesn't allow you to make a game directly competing with one of Chaosium's titles.  No Arthur-a-la-Mallory RPG (though a genuinely-historical dark-ages / just-as-Rome-is-withdrawing Arthur would probably be OK, and an Arthur-in-Jane-Austens-Regency-England; (but check with Chaosium!)); No Gloranthan RPG; no Cthulhu RPG.

I *believe* that Chaosium has existing licenses with CRPG makers that explicitly prevent them from licensing those IP's to other CRPG makers.

(n.b. I am not Chaosium, just a fan)

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17 hours ago, g33k said:

n.b. the BRP OGL specifically disallows infringing upon IP's, so (for example) you can make a sci-fi-horror game, but not one that's explicitly based upon the Alien franchise.

Of course, it doesn't matter what rule set or Open Game License you're using, if you're making something for public consumption you shouldn't be infringing on others' copyrights or trademarks.

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