Adventurer Conquerer, Lawyer: Is this okay?

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Pope Nag
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Adventurer Conquerer, Lawyer: Is this okay?

Inspired by the ACKS rules, I created a setting for my campaign. It started off with a general outline and a worldmap, but it quickly got out of hand.

Combining all my notes and ideas, I am writing a sourcebook / players' guide for my campaign setting, Dawn of Kings. Obviously, I will want to include some houserules, etc. In a large part, though, the system will be 'pure' ACKS.

Now, if (and that's a big if) I were to publish this, would it be okay to mention ACKS? You've done a great job with the system, and I really don't want to infringe your copyright.

Would it be okay to say something like: okay, Dawn of Kings is an unofficial sourcebook for ACKS. General ACKS rules apply, except (houserule 1, houserule 2, etc).

Would it be okay to say: this works like the X proficiency from ACKS, except Y - without actually printing the exact rules of the proficiency?

I'm looking for general guidelines on what you would consider 'not done'.

Thanks in advance!

susan_brindle
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Why not go official?

Alex
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There is a compatibility license at the back of ACKS that is very easy to qualify under, and the rules themselves are open-source. If you want to chat further, drop me an email at amacris at gmail dot com and I'm sure we can work something out!

Jard
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If I'm not mistaken, aren't there two things like this already on the rise? Barbarian, Conqueror, King and the late-antiquity focused variant who's name escapes me? (I believe the campaign itself was called Tyche's Favorites)

bobloblah
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Mercenary, Liberator, Tyrant?

Jard
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Yeah, I think that's what it was.

Kiero
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Joined: 2013-04-26 07:13

It is indeed, and I am still working on it, progress goes in fits and starts. Mostly it's all the contextual material I'm writing around how to make it an actual historical game, rather than just D&D-in-sandals, that's taking the time and effort.

Alex
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Yes, there are!

Pope Nag
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I've read the compatibility license (silly that I didn't find it earlier), and that does seem easy to adhere to. Awesome! I'll send you an example of the type of thing I mean by e-mail, if that's okay, Alex.

Alex
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Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

Definitely.

I'd actually be really fired up if people started using ACKS et al as the basis for more content. I know that many segments of the industry (Wizards, etc.) have moved away from seeing OGL as a good thing, but nothing would make me happier as a designer than to have my work become a platform for bigger and better things.