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RPGPundit:

--- Quote from: NathanIW;735575 ---What method of going open did you pick for the game?  How much of the rules stuff is open?  How much of the setting?  What parts are not able to be used by another author without getting your permission first?
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A: I think for the specific of this answer you'd need to ask Bedrock Games (Bedrock Brendan on here).  As I understand it, all the rules are open; what you can't do is just cut-and-paste the setting material into your book, nor can you use the art or the maps. Aside from that, anything goes.
Note that its not quite right to say the setting "isn't open"; because of course most of the setting is just directly taken from the Epic Indian milieu itself.  For me to say that you can't use that would be like if Greg Stafford claimed you couldn't use Camelot or Silchester or the Welsh in an RPG because those are in Pendragon.
So really, as long as you aren't doing a cut-and-paste of the specific way I wrote up the setting stuff, and as long as you don't use the maps or art, you can do anything else with it.
And I'm sure that if you talk about it with Bedrock games, they'd be glad to consider endorsing it; and if you talk about it with me, and I found it interesting enough, I'd be glad to endorse it too and maybe help out a bit with it.  I'd be tickled pink if old-schoolers wanted to write adventures or sourcebook material for Arrows of Indra.

RPGPundit

RPGPundit:

--- Quote from: JeremyR;735584 ---The rules are all open, the setting isn't.

When I meant the rules, I didn't so much mean the India specific stuff, but the basic stuff, like the skill system, which is really one of the better ones I've seen in an OSR style game.
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Thanks!

The skill system is definitely something I'd use (again, not the exact same tables, but the same structure) if I were ever to do another OSR rulebook; and that I'd be glad to see other people doing too.  I think its one of the most innovative parts of the game.

RPGPundit

RPGPundit:
I've posted the questions and answers for the first few comments above in my Saturday blog entry.  I'll be posting these on my blog as I go along.

If there are more questions, go right ahead!

Bedrockbrendan:

--- Quote from: RPGPundit;735969 ---As I understand it, all the rules are open; what you can't do is just cut-and-paste the setting material into your book, nor can you use the art or the maps. Aside from that, anything goes.
Note that its not quite right to say the setting "isn't open"; because of course most of the setting is just directly taken from the Epic Indian milieu itself.  For me to say that you can't use that would be like if Greg Stafford claimed you couldn't use Camelot or Silchester or the Welsh in an RPG because those are in Pendragon.
So really, as long as you aren't doing a cut-and-paste of the specific way I wrote up the setting stuff, and as long as you don't use the maps or art, you can do anything else with it.
And I'm sure that if you talk about it with Bedrock games, they'd be glad to consider endorsing it; and if you talk about it with me, and I found it interesting enough, I'd be glad to endorse it too and maybe help out a bit with it.
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This is all correct. And if anyone wishes to do this, but still has questions, they can email me at BedrockBrendan@gmail.com

RPGPundit:
Great!  Meanwhile, as seen in another thread, I just did an entry about running AoI in an earlier period of Indian Myth.

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