A Question About “Publishing”

So, I was going to post an adventure I’d written today, but then I began thinking too much about it and I realized that I wasn’t sure I could post the adventure. The adventure is written for the Dragon Age RPG, and while it is my own plot, everything else is directly from Green Ronin’s Dragon Age game and also references to history found in the video game Dragon Age.

That said, can anyone point me to a good resource, or answer the question; If I just want to post an adventure written using a game system I clearly don’t own — but I just want to put it up free for whoever wanders by — what do I need to do/know to do it correctly, both legally and ethically?

If this were academic writing, I’d have the answer, but I realized that when it comes to game stuff, I’m just not really sure.

Thanks in advance for any help. Even if I don’t hear from anyone, I’ll at least post the adventure outline this weekend.

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5 responses

  1. Best bet would be to write to the owners of the game directly. I did this with DeathWatch recently and the Fantasy Flight games rep got back to me with good guidelines teh next day.

  2. I believe under standard copyright law you’re fine so long as you don’t publish any material from the game itself. References to the story and whatnot are acceptible, but you may not copy and paste or reproduce anything directly from the books including stat blocks and rules.

  3. Seems like it would fall into about the same legal area as fanfics. Now just where those stand legally, I’m not sure.

  4. Thanks for the replies folks. I think I might just post the outline of the adventure at some point, but I’m not going to put up the whole thing. I don’t really feel comfortable with “fuzzily” drawn lines on this kind of thing.

    And while I realize that GR probably couldn’t care less what I do on my podunk blog — I would know, and that matters to me. Oh well.

    Thanks again.

  5. I would be happy to convert whatever text you have into a sharp looking PDF if you are still interested in self-publication at all.

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