Can I do this? Should I do this? I'd like to do it as a way to learn amazon skills and lambda functions, but there's no way to keep the skill to just me/my echo network, so if I do it, it's automatically public.
My non-lawyer self looking at the OGL cards suggests that there's a narrow way to do so, but I would love to hear from people at paizo too, because of the above (and it's a LOT of typing).
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The game mechanics are Open Game Content. To use Open Game Content in your own projects, you need to use the OGL, which you can find in any OGL product. The OGL itself tells you how to use it. Please note that the OGL is Wizards of the Coast's license, not Paizo's, and so I can't provide any advice about its suitability for your use. (And I have no idea how you would provide the required OGL statement with your project.) You may wish to consider speaking with an intellectual properties legal specialist.
Also, note that the OGL specifically restricts you from using "any ... trademark or registered trademark clearly identified as Product Identity by the owner of the Product Identity", or from "indicat[ing] compatibility or co-adaptability with any Trademark or Registered Trademark in conjunction with a work containing Open Game Content except as expressly licensed in another, independent Agreement with the owner of such Trademark or Registered Trademark." Normally, to indicate that your OGL project is compatible with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, you would follow our free Pathfinder RPG Compatibility License, which you can find at http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/compatibility. However, that license is applicable only to books, electronic books, and freely available websites, so I don't think your project can use it.
You can still use Open Game Content in a OGL product that's not a book, ebook, or free website, but you can't say it's compatible with the Pathfinder RPG or use trademarks like Pathfinder or Paizo in any way; you may, however, use the non-trademarked term “PFRPG."