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The Way Ahead in 2023

I had planned to write 1200 words a day, every day, for 2023. About half of that is intended to be outside of gaming. That said, with the possible changes to the OGL, the nature of those words will need to change.

OMG Not Another OGL Post

Not really, just saying that the system(s) behind my content will likely change. I had intended to reimagine the fundamental lore of 5e this year and release it for free under the OGL. Since that may not exist and OGL 1.1 may not allow for some of the things I had in mind, that goes out the window. We'll see, it's not like I will stop playing 5e, but I don't plan to buy anything else for it or buy anything for OneDnD. I have all this lore content that I want to put into something I can share and I see three possible options.

Basic Fantasy

The community is the very essence of what "Linux for RPGs" is like. Chris says that he is working on removing any SRD content from the core rulebook. He is working with an IP lawyer to ensure compliance. I find it ironic that this will create the 4th edition of Basic Fantasy because the last time WOTC did something like this was the 4th Edition of D&D.

The Cypher System

Monte Cook has said that the Cypher System Open License was modeled after the OGL as he was there when the OGL was created. Mechanically, the system is straightforward and all the rolls are player facing. It feels like Dungeon World in a way and it encourages the weird.

Stars Without Number

Kevin Crawford has created two great systems and provided so many free resources for creators. He has also famously never used the OGL, opting instead to rely on copyright law as written. When someone on reddit posted that OGL 1.1 is an opportunity for SWN, Kevin reiterated this stance. He even went on to explain things that folks can do without infringing copyright. It's not the same kind of system to release new subclasses, feats, etc. as 5e is, but I believe it would be fun to create material for.

Open D6 Anyone?

I would love to get Open D6 updated and have SRD content removed. Honestly, I don't think it has any SRD content at all. The issue with that is Nocturnal Media, the current owner of West End Games Open D6, only exists on DriveThruRPG after the owner passed away in 2017. The website went offline and their last product shipped just after his passing. Open D6 products are still for sale, but who knows for how long.

I couldn't offer any money for it, so I haven't entertained trying to contact anyone at Nocturnal. Gallant Knight was going to make a second edition of D6, but that project seems to be in hiatus. I use the magic system all the time, but I wish there was a way to do something like Basic Fantasy with it.

I mean, game mechanics can't be copyrighted, so I could write something based on it, but I'm not sure I'm up for it.

Now What?

Honestly, I don't know. I have to change a lot here because I rely on the OGL. Then again, I don't I am going to be sued, though I am still going to make the effort. If I made my own system (unlikely) it would be CC 4.0 BY.

I plan to write about the various characters in the Sycarion Continuum, especially football and travels in the Self-Organizing Aither. Work on the lore will continue while I search for a game.

The Elephant App

I continue to write about my 5e Relex project. For those just joining in, it is a reimagining of the almost 50 years of standard D&D lore from the bottom up. It incorporates the most recent understanding of Spelljammer from 5e with a handful of fundamental changes. These fundamental changes include more elemental planes, planes that comprise the life cycle, and myriad Lands of the Dead in the Ethereal Planes.

The primary reason for this post is to see the effects of configuring my website to be a part of the fediverse of Mastodon. With this setup, you can follow my blogposts from within Mastodon without a signup on the blog. Just follow @admin in Mastodon. It will come up as Bear (that's me) and you can follow like any other user.

I am trying to finish my post on Priests, Necromancers, and the Undead, but there are a lot of things to explain when you change how all three work. Wish me luck!

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