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It's probably a moot point, but what are the rules for licensing?

Theoretically, if I put my home-brew campaign on a website online (for free) but had adds on the web page, would I get in any trouble for profiting off the web page? I ask because most publishers are more agressive and sell physical documents, and I don't see many websites just posting everything online.

I ask in this case because I want to build a web page for my campaign setting, but it occurred to me that I could make it public for everyone to see so others could use it, but I don't want to get in trouble if there are adds on the site. How open IS the open gaming license?

Paizo Employee Developer

The OGL has nothing to do with whether to have advertisements on your site. All it does is allow you to use rules and intellectual property (like owlbears, chromatic and metallic dragons, and copyrighted demon and devil names such as hezrou and cornugon) in your own products as long as you adhere to the terms of the OGL. If you're concerned about using the license and what it does and doesn't allow you to do, you should probably seek legal counsel, as having a thorough understanding of what you're getting into with any license is the safest thing to do.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Also, if you'd like to actually tell people that your campaign setting is compatible with the Pathfinder RPG, you'll need to check out the Pathfinder RPG Compatibility License.

Ow how I HATE that word... :D

Sincubus wrote:
Ow how I HATE that word... :D

Then you're probably not trying to make a living off of your writing. :P

We probably shouldn't get into a leghtly discussion about the matter. So I only have one thing to say:

It's awesome that the PRD is up for free on Paizo's site and as a result of seeing some of the cool stuff for free, I've bought quite a few books at my local store.

Paizo's commitment to open gaming and compatibility licensing shows that there is a better way than the litigation happy approach most content producers seem to think is required.

Sovereign Court

I would strongly urge you to review the Compatibility License posted above and the OGL ( and then email

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Is what you have for this campaign setting all fluff, or actual mechanics. As long as you don't use creatures specifically invented for DnD, from a fluff standpoint I would think you would be fine. After all, Elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, etc are all pretty generic fantasy at this point.

But your race of octopus men who eat brains and channel psychic energy into a stunning mental blast is right out...

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