Potential for more formal license / partnership arrangements?


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EDIT: "Formal" isn't the right word, but I don't know what is. "Different", "More structured", "Permissive-but-limited",.....

Has there been any thought to relying on the 3PP community for some of the campaign setting development? I'm thinking projects like From Shore to Sea which (at least from an outsider's perspective) appeared to be Paizo teeming up with Kobold Press (nee Open Design) to flesh out some of Golarion "around the edges". I know that didn't really become a thing, but it seems to me that Starfinder and Pathfinder are two different beasts.

Given the campaign setting material is going to be coming out considerably slower than it does for Pathfinder, perhaps there's an opportunity there to formally provide some areas for 3PP to play in. I'm thinking similar to the Foreven Worlds Sector in the traveller universe which, as I understand things, the Traveller license holders kind of "bequeathed" to Jon Brazer Enterprises (and others?) as a place to create canonical material that's a little off the beaten track.

It may be a way to rapidly flesh the setting out that works for both Paizo and the 3PP. I know zip about publishing Campaign Settings and managing IP, of course, but in other fields there's a common belief that supervising other people is more trouble than it's worth and that it's "easier" to do it yourself. A belief which is nearly always wrong (provided you do the supervising right).

I totally understand that I'm not owed any kind of discussion/explanation here. This is all just curiosity. (I have eight months to fill in with speculation, right. What else am I going to do?) :)

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