Summary: It's true that page 669 ("Legal Appendix") of the Swords & Wizardry edition of the Tome of Horrors Complete says: : Designation of Open Game Content: … including monster names, stats, and description But below it also . . .
< If I find the exact discussion I had with Matt Finch I'll look at importing the S&W ed. Tome of Horrors monsters into the wiki again – I had practically everything ready to go if I remember correctly.
> I'd love to import the S&W ed. Tome of Horrors monsters into the wiki. I had practically everything ready to go before getting this reply. I was frustrated, and I still am.
Crose87420 I’ve always thought the OGL easy to work with, it has allowed me to create derivitive works done by others and still protect the things I’ve created myself, plus there is literally a lifetimes worth of material that the OGL created based on the 3.x rules.
I checked my Tome of Horrors and it states on page 449 that monster descriptions are open game content. (I’ve been hoping to use the Tome for my own material) About the only headache is listing each monster taken from the Tome in the OGL of the content created.
– Crose87420 2012-04-26 12:43 UTC
AlexSchroeder It’s true that page 669 (“Legal Appendix”) of the Swords & Wizardry edition of the Tome of Horrors Complete says:
But below it also says:
When I mentioned this on the Necromancer Games forum, Matt Finch felt the designation of Product Identity took precedence over the designation of Open Game Content:
He’s referring to this part of the OGL:
As for the use of the OGL: I’m sure some uses are made much easier than they used to be in earlier days. My problem is exactly the use of derivative works: they mix the Open Content available to all and protect the things they created themselves (or do so at least partially). It makes it harder for me to distinguish what I can take as soon as I’m looking at works other than the main System Reference Document.
I’d like it better if those that benefit from the Open Content available were to give back as well.
I’d love to import the S&W ed. Tome of Horrors monsters into the wiki. I had practically everything ready to go before getting this reply. I was frustrated, and I still am.
– AlexSchroeder 2012-04-26 22:05 UTC