Derivation: Witchcraft RPG supplement on Kickstarter by Xacur
Illustration: Example of double page of the book (in development, not final) by Xacur. I downloaded it from the Kickstarter campaign and pasted on top the mockup of the PDF cover and a Kickstarter logo. All of that to get a quick "single-picture-presentation" of the project.
(CC-By Xacur, with illustration of D.Revoy; note: logo of Kickstarter is certainly 'all right protected...')
While I was in holidays, I received notifications about a new Kickstarter project using the open illustrations and sources material of my webcomic Pepper&Carrot in a campaign named: Witchcraft: Magic of Hereva, a 5e Supplement. Usual disclaimer: I'm not involved into this Kickstarter (only the illustration and world of my webcomic are reused as open material) and I'm not earning any cents about it.
The author of the Kickstarter and recipient of the benefits, Xacur, is not (as far as I know) someone known among the 50 ocasonial contributors of Pepper&Carrot. The project poped a bit out of the blue suddently this summer. Anyway, I did a review of the page this morning and it is a nice one and has at a first glance the appearance of a work of passion, with a lot of care about the licenses and a respect for the source material of the world of Pepper&Carrot. I can really feel the dedication of Xacur to make a good result for this PDF supplement for the 5th Edition of the most popular Role Playing Game in the world. So, if you want to play a witch in Hereva on a RPG, supporting the author and get the PDF of this project sounds like the best option right now. Also, I'm really happy to read this: "New art and new rules created for this supplement will be released under CC by 4.0 and Open-Gaming License respectively". Something that could probably make this work something I could backport to the official Wiki of Pepper&Carrot? I don't know yet, I have to study that but it sounds like it could be possible and if it is that could be something good for the tiny ecosystem of Pepper&Carrot. (If you know more about it, please let me know in the comments).
All in all, I wish good luck to Xacur into this project and I send them here an invitation to not hesitate to enter into contact with the Pepper&Carrot community. I'm really interested to know if this future work crowdfunded can be backported into the official project (and I'm sure audience of the webcomic too). If any help is needed to get more details about the universe, the timeline, the background of characters: Cmaloney (maintainer of the Wiki), Nartance (Writer of many detailed texts on the world of Hereva) or me are often around our bridged discussions channels (URLs of this channels on top here) and we can help to brainstorm ideas around the universe. Waiting for that, I'll follow this derivation for sure.
Here is the full adress to access to the campaign:
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Chris Sakkas - Reply
Yep -- you could definitely backport the content to the wiki. The only tricky thing would be distinguishing the Open Game Content (i.e. content under the OGL) from the content under CC BY -- but that's not difficult.
Feel free to get in touch if any questions about the OGL!
David REVOY Author, - Reply
Hey Chris ;)
Thank you for taking the time to review this. A second sight is always good to get.
Yes, elements like new places, class descriptions, scenarios could be precious for the building block of the universe (if they are good quality).
Maybe the elements licensed under the Open Game Content will be more the game mechanic. I'll have to read a bit more about the OGL.
Craig Maloney Contributor, - Reply
The OGL is usually used for game mechanics. Depending on how the license is done there can be three classifications of material: Product Identity, Open Gaming Content, and "everything else". Product Identity is usually things like trademarks, character stories, location stories, etc. Open Game Content is for game mechanics, and "everything else" is the nebulous area where folks aren't quite sure what to do with the material. My experience with the OGL is that folks put game mechanics, character stats, and such under the Open Gaming Content. The question is whether "everything else" is licensed back under the CC-BY license.
This is why I've been using the CC-BY license for my game design (such that it is). It's in part because Fate allows me to do so (being under the CC-BY license). D&D 5e is under the OGL, so there's the added complexity of the rules license.
Hope this helps clarify things.
David REVOY Author, - Reply
Thank you Craig, I understand better now.
Let's wait for Xacur decision then, but I read in the comment of the KS page promising things about backporting things to the official Pepper&Carrot Wiki.
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