Back in January, Paizo and an alliance of more than 1,500 game publishers announced our intention to support the development of the Open RPG Creative (ORC) License, a system-agnostic, perpetual, and irrevocable open gaming license that provides a legal “safe harbor” for sharing rules mechanics and encourages collaboration and innovation in the tabletop gaming space. Since then, we’ve been hard at work conceiving and developing the ORC License, and today we’re pleased to announce that the second draft of the license is now ready for public comment!
This second draft incorporates changes and suggestions from hundreds of participating publishers on the ORC License Discord community, adds significant clarity to key terms and definitions, substantially increases the size and scope of the project’s official FAQ, and introduces several basic quality-of-life improvements across the board.
You can download a copy of the ORC license and its associated FAQ/AxE (Answers and Explanations) document below. Our intention is to solicit “final” feedback on the ORC License Discord until the end of the day NEXT Monday, May 22nd. We intend for this wave of commentary to be the last round before presenting the truly final version of the license, which we plan to release by the end of May.
Our deepest thanks to all project participants. Your feedback has been invaluable in making the ORC License an ideal open gaming license that will serve the community long into the future.
A new era of open gaming is nearly here!
Second Draft of the ORC License Ready for Public Comment
Monday, May 15, 2023