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Draknirv wrote:

Hey, James!

I'm a longtime fan of Pathfinder and have been playing since the original release of Rise of the Runelords. I've absolutely adored the setting and have frequently thought of ways to make it pop even more to life whenever I've played with my friends and family.

I'm currently looking to become something akin to a mild community content creator, to more or less give back to and enhance the game I've loved to play for such a long time. As such I have a couple of fan projects aimed at improving 1st edition Pathfinder in fan-canon way.

The projects I'm working on include 3 separate ideas meant to work as an addition to the Golarion setting:
- To produce additional maps for existing locations in the Pathfinder Universe, such as the unmapped town locations in Sandpoint
- To add a more full and detailed entry and 1E boons to the many minor deities of the setting.
- To create a line of modular tokens able to be mixed and matched to represent a greater variety of characters on a digital space or (potentially) on the physical tabletop.

I'm wanting to run a patreon for these to accept donations, but release the first two projects for free
I've looked into the OGL and from what I understand I need express permission to do this. However, some parts of the Community Use Policy suggest otherwise, that I don't need express permission. I'm unclear on it as I'm unsure whether releasing the project for free while asking for donations counts as commercial or non-commercial.

Do you have any advice for me in regards to seeing my passion through? Can you point me in the direction of who I should contact in regards to obtaining license permission to make these projects if I do, infact need that?

If you want to build additional in-world content for Golarion by doing things like expanding setting maps, more information on the deities, and the like, you'll need to follow the rules of the community use policy, as detailed here. The short version is that if you use Golarion content for this kind of thing, it has to be free. You can't make money off of our intellectual property.

If you want to make money on your Pathfinder products, you instead need to use the OGL, which is a different license. This one allows you to use all the rules, but none of the flavor; you'd have to make up your own towns (you couldn't use Sandpoint, for example), your own deities, and your own flavor from the ground up.

In order to make money using our intellectual property, you need to arrange for a specific license to do so, and we generally don't give out those licenses, since we really want to control the world narrative in-house. Feel free to contact our licensing department, but in the interest of managing expectations, I don't think we've ever granted permission like this for someone to expand upon Golarion without us owning the content created.

However you get your work out there, though, keep in mind that there's more reward than money. Building a reputation as a content creator via the community use policy won't make you money, but it will help to establish your skills and reputation as a writer, and it can build your "brand" among other gamers. Doing so can eventually catch the eye of a publishing company, or will give you a nice collection of sample work to show to an RPG company when you approach them for freelance work or even a job interview. Back in the day, I did a LOT of work at building my setting for D&D. Having all the skills built up helped me to eventually secure a job at Wizards of the Coast, helped me to break into getting published (in that day mostly via Dragon and Dungeon magazine, but in this day there's a LOT of opportunity in the 3rd party market), and in time got me hired at Paizo and really helped me to work on the collaborative effort of creating the game and Golarion. But it didn't all happen at once. I started gaming in the early 80s, and until the late 90s had only 3 things published... but then in the late 90s the opportunities started to grow and I got a job at WotC and everything after that's been a direct result of those previous decades of passion and practice and hard work.

Hope this wasn't TOO discouraging... that wasn't my intent. I do wish you luck in pursuing your passion for creating game content, and hope to see your name out there in the future on covers and credit pages! Good luck and have fun!


You're not discouraging at all! Thankyou for your advice and help.

I'm aware of the value of exposure and joining a company is definitely a goal I have at the moment, I'm looking for how to turn my passion with Pathfinder into money to help me get there (and also to help feed myself, haha).

I've been looking over the Community Use Policy, as well as the OGL and the CCLegalCode. From what I can tell, if I make it clear that I'm asking for money for an original work (modular tokens) but still release Golarion-specific content for completely free as a side (providing all the relevant Community Use tags and credits), it should be fine.

My full intention is to release my writing and mapping content for free for the benefit of the Pathfinder community, only asking money for content that can truly said to be created by me and not a derivative work.

Does this sound to you like something that'd be acceptable as far as you're aware? I have a huge amount of respect for you and for Paizo for what you've done with my favorite iteration of tabletop roleplaying, hence why I'm asking for your feedback.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Draknirv wrote:

You're not discouraging at all! Thankyou for your advice and help.

I'm aware of the value of exposure and joining a company is definitely a goal I have at the moment, I'm looking for how to turn my passion with Pathfinder into money to help me get there (and also to help feed myself, haha).

I've been looking over the Community Use Policy, as well as the OGL and the CCLegalCode. From what I can tell, if I make it clear that I'm asking for money for an original work (modular tokens) but still release Golarion-specific content for completely free as a side (providing all the relevant Community Use tags and credits), it should be fine.

My full intention is to release my writing and mapping content for free for the benefit of the Pathfinder community, only asking money for content that can truly said to be created by me and not a derivative work.

Does this sound to you like something that'd be acceptable as far as you're aware? I have a huge amount of respect for you and for Paizo for what you've done with my favorite iteration of tabletop roleplaying, hence why I'm asking for your feedback.

The Community Use policy is pretty cut and dry—you can't make money off of a site that uses Golarion's intellectual property. You'd have to do your modular tokens on a completely different location or site from any community use work you do, and the tokens themselves can't use images from our products or proper nouns we've created. You could, for example, offer a goblin token and call it a goblin, but any art on that token of a goblin can't look like our goblins. Or you could offer a map of a temple of the god of destruction, but you couldn't offer a map of a Temple of Rovagug.

It can get tricky and complicated the closer you get to our intellectual property, and I'm not a lawyer so I'm not the best person to ask for advice.


James Jacobs wrote:
Draknirv wrote:

You're not discouraging at all! Thankyou for your advice and help.

I'm aware of the value of exposure and joining a company is definitely a goal I have at the moment, I'm looking for how to turn my passion with Pathfinder into money to help me get there (and also to help feed myself, haha).

I've been looking over the Community Use Policy, as well as the OGL and the CCLegalCode. From what I can tell, if I make it clear that I'm asking for money for an original work (modular tokens) but still release Golarion-specific content for completely free as a side (providing all the relevant Community Use tags and credits), it should be fine.

My full intention is to release my writing and mapping content for free for the benefit of the Pathfinder community, only asking money for content that can truly said to be created by me and not a derivative work.

Does this sound to you like something that'd be acceptable as far as you're aware? I have a huge amount of respect for you and for Paizo for what you've done with my favorite iteration of tabletop roleplaying, hence why I'm asking for your feedback.

The Community Use policy is pretty cut and dry—you can't make money off of a site that uses Golarion's intellectual property. You'd have to do your modular tokens on a completely different location or site from any community use work you do, and the tokens themselves can't use images from our products or proper nouns we've created. You could, for example, offer a goblin token and call it a goblin, but any art on that token of a goblin can't look like our goblins. Or you could offer a map of a temple of the god of destruction, but you couldn't offer a map of a Temple of Rovagug.

It can get tricky and complicated the closer you get to our intellectual property, and I'm not a lawyer so I'm not the best person to ask for advice.

Even so, you're very helpful.

Thankfully Golarion is a great "everything" setting, so making setting neutral creations that work with it is pretty easy. And who knows maybe in the future once the project gets off the ground, I'd be able to partner to make those goblin tokens. Its an inspirational thought.


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
What are the best-selling books in the Inner Sea region? If our world is any guide to go by, I'm guessing holy texts.
one or two of Kindler's novels.

Talk about an old quote.

Spoiler:
Kindler appears in one or two of the novels as a good (possibly good-leaning neutral person). But in Crusader Road, she is almost equivalent to antagonist, given the fact that her novel seems to be a primary cause for the issues faced by the protagonists by generating larger amounts of ill-feeling for what seem like purely financial reasons.

I know that a lot of this work was by other people, but what is your personal opinion of her as a person?


What are the top 5 most powerful beings in pathfinder in your opinion?


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James Jacobs wrote:
Zoe Oakeshott wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Zoe Oakeshott wrote:
Does Golarion have a Hawaii analogue? Ancient Hawaiian warriors were badass.
It does. It's over near Arcadia.
What's it called?
Nothing yet. It hasn't been invented to that stage yet. I do know I want a Hawaii analogue on Golarion somewhere... but that's ALL I know.

Hey James! So you’ve put together a global map of Golarion since this post happened—did you manage to get that Hawaii analogue on there, and if so, where is it?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Insapateh wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
What are the best-selling books in the Inner Sea region? If our world is any guide to go by, I'm guessing holy texts.
one or two of Kindler's novels.

Talk about an old quote.

** spoiler omitted **

I know that a lot of this work was by other people, but what is your personal opinion of her as a person?

She's intended to be a good person; Crusader's Road doesn't quite get her character right, I'd say.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Zarcrod wrote:
What are the top 5 most powerful beings in pathfinder in your opinion?

Not counting deities since they don't have rules and thus can't really be quantified, I'd say the top five most powerful, off the top of my head, would probably be...

Tawil at'Umr
Cthulhu
Oilphaunt of Jandelay
Pazuzu
Mephistopheles

Other folks might sit down and crunch numbers and come up with their own opinions, of course.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Opsylum wrote:
Hey James! So you’ve put together a global map of Golarion since this post happened—did you manage to get that Hawaii analogue on there, and if so, where is it?

There's plenty of areas and regions on the map that haven't had details yet and remain blank slates. It's probably one of those, likely off the west coast of Arcadia I suppose.

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