Bob Something
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2018-01-27T19:32:02.382Z

I've been meaning to ask: if I was to start working on some OSR-related homebrew with the intent of posting the results on a blog, am I allowed to re-use the concept and mechanics of the likes of Facts as used in the likes of Scarlet Heroes and Godbound? It's not any work I intend to sell for profit. It's just that your games have been a rather solid foundation for my current attempts at homebrew and I would like to know what can and cannot be re-used from them.

Kevin Crawford
2018-01-27T19:32:02.382Z

Mechanics can't be copyrighted, and even if they could be, an OSR author has no business getting miserly with mechanics. I'd consider a restating of Fact mechanics or Effort or such in the author's own words to be entirely legit for personal or commercial use.

Bob Something
2018-01-27T19:32:02.382Z

Commercial use is not the intended goal or purpose right now, merely posting the material on my blog. Heck I might just simply flat out post the crunch as houserules for Scarlet Heroes, depending on it's intended final form. It's just I've generally worked off Scarlet Heroes, Godbound and Exemplars & Eidolon as a baseline for crunch much like how many bloggers tend to use a game as a baseline, usually Labyrinth Lord or LotFP. In my case it just happen I've worked off your games.

Which make me wonder: how much conversion work does it require to go from/to Scarlet Heroes, as what I'm currently working on could work both as a setting for solo adventures or more classical D&D-style larger groups and I'd like to note down two version.