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Hi. Since Fantasy Flight recently opened up a DMsguild equivalent for their system Genesys, I've been looking to commercially convert some monsters to their system. Does Paizo maintain a clear Product Identity(PI) list of what monsters in the Bestiaries are PI?

The PI disclaimer is clear that proper names are protected, but it can be difficult to tell sometimes which monsters are proper names. Obviously monsters such as Sandpoint Devil fall under this category, but some names sound like any other possible ancient mythological creature or OGL DND creature.

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That's a 100 bucks per hour question, you know.


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That's a 100 bucks per hour question, you know.

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Gorbacz wrote:
That's a 100 bucks per hour question, you know.
You told me it was a 101 dollar per hour question!

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crognus wrote:

Hi. Since Fantasy Flight recently opened up a DMsguild equivalent for their system Genesys, I've been looking to commercially convert some monsters to their system. Does Paizo maintain a clear Product Identity(PI) list of what monsters in the Bestiaries are PI?

The PI disclaimer is clear that proper names are protected, but it can be difficult to tell sometimes which monsters are proper names. Obviously monsters such as Sandpoint Devil fall under this category, but some names sound like any other possible ancient mythological creature or OGL DND creature.

There is no master list. As for proper nouns (that's the term in our PI statement, not "proper name"), Merriam-Webster defines that as "a noun that designates a particular being or thing, does not take a limiting modifier, and is usually capitalized in English." That capitalization bit is a good indicator that things like the Sandpoint Devil and Red Mantis assassins involve PI.


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I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description PI, and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.

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