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As MRQ2 is now dead and with it any chance of an updated SRD*, I've uploaded the MRQ1 SRDs (Core, Companion and Monsters) to the site:

http://basicroleplaying.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=402

http://basicroleplaying.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=403

http://basicroleplaying.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=401

These are the unadulterated document format files, although the Core and Companion have been combined into one file for convenience (they were individual chapters when they came out of the zip), and all three have had their respective OGL pages tacked on. So, this is everything in those files.

*Yes, I know Mongoose say they're going to turn it into Wayfarer(not 's'), and they're going to produce something even better than an OGL. But it won't be RuneQuest. Anyway, they've been saying they were going to update the Traveller SRDs for about two years now. O:)

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For those who want to be extra-sure, the original zipped files are still downloadable directly from the Mongoose website:

MRQ1 SRD - Core

MRQ1 SRD - Companion

MRQ1 SRD - Monsters

Any would-be developers might want to be aware that there is some as-yet unsubstantiated speculation that the Monsters SRD should not exist. As it is, it makes lots of Gloranthan creature names and stats (but not their descriptions) Open Content. In the absence of confirmation of the validity of their agreement by Mongoose and Issaries, my advice would be to stay well away from the Gloranthan monster names.

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However, you might note that none of the files in the MRQ1 SRDs include what would appear to be a fairly important element in all the WotC SRD documents:

This material is Open Game Content, and is licensed for public use under the terms of the Open Game License v1.0a.

Make of that what you will.

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However, you might note that none of the files in the MRQ1 SRDs include what would appear to be a fairly important element in all the WotC SRD documents:

Make of that what you will.

Oh, brother. So they released the SRD with the OGL license, but never formally declared any Open Content? Yeah, that's kind of a mess. The OGL requires you to "affix such a notice" of Open Game Content to any content that is going to be Used under the terms of the OGL. It could be argued that the inclusion of the RuneQuest SRD in the listing of copyright notices under section 15 demonstrates intent to license it as Open Content, and the absence of a formal notice of Open Content was an oversight.

Section 15 is where the copyright statements for the other included Open Content (i.e. from the d20 SRD and the d20 Modern SRD) were placed, per the requirements of the OGL Section 6 ("You must update the COPYRIGHT NOTICE portion of the License to include the exact text of the COPYRIGHT NOTICE of any Open Game Content You are copying, modifying, or distributing, and You must add the title, the copyright date, and the copyright holder's name to the COPYRIGHT NOTICE of any original Open Game Content you Distribute.") The listing of the RuneQuest SRD, in the proper format, in that part of the included OGL suggests that Mongoose considered the RuneQuest SRD as Open Content. Unfortunately, it's not really an open and shut thing, though, if someone wanted to argue otherwise. One could certainly argue that the absence of a formal declaration of Open Content makes the included OGL invalid or meaningless.

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*Yes, I know Mongoose say they're going to turn it into Wayfarer(not 's'), and they're going to produce something even better than an OGL. But it won't be RuneQuest.

Does it matter that it isn't RuneQuest? Lots of people seem happy with BRP, and that isn't RuneQuest either.

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