Savage Rifts fanzine?

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Savage Rifts fanzine?

#1 Postby salcor » Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:02 am

Hello,

On the Savage Rifts G+ page we are discussing the merits of creating a fanzine for Savage Rifts. This works under for Savage Worlds under the Savage Worlds Fan license. However this is a licensed Savage Worlds product, so how would that work?

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Re: Savage Rifts fanzine?

#2 Postby Sitting Duck » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:32 am

Recently, I set up a section of Savagepedia for Savage Rifts. This would probably be less problematic than a fanzine.
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Re: Savage Rifts fanzine?

#3 Postby Clint » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:22 am

salcor wrote:On the Savage Rifts G+ page we are discussing the merits of creating a fanzine for Savage Rifts. This works under for Savage Worlds under the Savage Worlds Fan license. However this is a licensed Savage Worlds product, so how would that work?


Well first off, to clarify, the Fan License is specifically for the "rules system," it doesn't apply to any setting material regardless of source. So, for instance, Deadlands specific material falls outside the general allowance of the license.

Then for licensed settings, such licenses are (almost always) non-transferable, meaning the rights belong to the original owner.

So the Pinnacle Fan License could cover the rules but the setting material falls under Palladium's domain.

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Re: Savage Rifts fanzine?

#4 Postby salcor » Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:21 pm

Clint,

Thank you for your reply.

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Re: Savage Rifts fanzine?

#5 Postby Zadmar » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:18 pm

Clint wrote:Well first off, to clarify, the Fan License is specifically for the "rules system," it doesn't apply to any setting material regardless of source. So, for instance, Deadlands specific material falls outside the general allowance of the license.

When I asked about creating online tools for ETU a couple of years ago, you said they "would have to follow the Fan License". Was that a special exception for tools, or have you revised the license since then?
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Re: Savage Rifts fanzine?

#6 Postby Clint » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:32 am

Zadmar wrote:
Clint wrote:Well first off, to clarify, the Fan License is specifically for the "rules system," it doesn't apply to any setting material regardless of source. So, for instance, Deadlands specific material falls outside the general allowance of the license.

When I asked about creating online tools for ETU a couple of years ago, you said they "would have to follow the Fan License". Was that a special exception for tools, or have you revised the license since then?


To clarify, the full reply was <italics added>...

Clint wrote:Well, kind of. It would have to follow the Fan License. Meaning not duplicating text from the books, which would make an adventure generator built on the one from ETU impossible, but other ideas might be possible.


So in a way that reply actually noted use of the "setting material" would not be allowed according to the Fan License as well. As that falls under both duplicating text which is also specific to the setting.

Also the goal of that original question (as you noted in the follow up post) was simply to reference Edges and Hindrances by name only from the ETU book. That falls under "rules system" use rather than "setting material" use.

The difference then is between "This fan product references Edges, Hindrances, Setting Rules, and other rules from ETU" versus "This is an adventure using characters, locations, and background in the ETU setting."

So saying "He has the Annoying Roommate Hindrance (see ETU)" is just a reference to a rule, but saying "He meets Dr. Glen Maclanahan at the Pizza Barn to discuss a disciple of Dr. Heimglimmer" is using material from the setting.

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