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Offline skinny boy

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« Posted 2009-09-15 17:59:53 »

here is a hypothesis:
i create a game (applet) and make people pay for an account to play (2USD/month)
the game is a cut down version of the Wizards of Coast Dungeons and Dragons.
i even advertise it as such, in order to get more people to play it

what kind of legal issues are there?
i mean, do i have to pay them for a license?
(or ask them for one?)

Offline kevglass

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2009-09-15 18:25:29 »

Wizards of the Coast wait til you're successful and then rape your profits by sueing the hell out of you.

Kev

Offline Eli Delventhal

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2009-09-15 18:36:22 »

Wizards of the Coast wait til you're succeful and then rape your profits by sueing the hell out of you.

Kev
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Offline skinny boy

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2009-09-15 19:24:44 »

if i were them, i would do the same

thank you for your quick answers

Offline zoto

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2009-09-17 08:43:58 »

I'm no lawyer but if you stick to the SRD it might be legal, you should probably read it close to be sure.

EDIT: here is a link to the license http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Gaming_License
Offline Eli Delventhal

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2009-09-17 14:51:31 »

I'm no lawyer but if you stick to the SRD it might be legal, you should probably read it close to be sure.

EDIT: here is a link to the license http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Gaming_License
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Offline zoto

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2009-09-17 17:02:11 »

I hadn't ever read it, just provided a link. My advise was meant specifically for d&d and information released under the open gaming license.
Offline skinny boy

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2009-09-17 18:14:27 »

thank you for the link.......
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