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Aug
09

Game system references

Here’s a list of the resources that can be used to create a D&D 4E compatible game:

The significant difference between this version of the license that Wizards of the Coast have published and the previous d20 license is that almost no text may be reproduced from the D&D rules. The names of many terms may be referenced, but the descriptions cannot be duplicated. The only allowed way of detailing common terms is to refer to the location in the D&D Core rulebooks.

This is a bit of a pain, since a game written using this license cannot be standalone, and will be filled with references to the D&D manuals. It makes sense after the mass reproduction of the rules that occurred during the d20 phenomenon, which allowed entire splinter games (which varied only sightly from D&D) to gain a significant market share.

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