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Jörð Campaign Setting
Open Source Reference
License Model: Open Game License
Reference Documents accompany all Jörðgarð
PDF Book Publications
All Open Source Reference Documents are editable. They are available
Writer/LibreOffice.org Writer formats.
(.odt) and can be processed with modern
versions of Microsoft Word®
Editable maps in Fractal Mapper™
8 format (.fmp)
Why are there Open Source Reference Documents?
The OSRDs are released to help two different user groups:
Authors and publishers who wish to incorporate parts
of our material in their own work.
Open Source Reference Documents for Game Masters
masters like to make handouts for their players. Others like to modify the original texts in
published gaming materials to tailor them for their own campaigns. And some game masters like to do both.
many open gaming products are more or less closed source products. If a game master wants to customize a
publication's texts or excerpt player handouts from the published texts, he
or she may have a time-consuming job at hand.
products printed on paper are very much "closed source." To edit texts or to make handouts, a game
master either has to retype everything or do an OCR scan and correct scan
errors. One can use cut-and-paste to a
certain extent with PDF open gaming products, but this also can be
time-consuming. In addition, if the
PDF was produced with a different international code set than is being used
on the game master's computer, the paste might insert many false characters that
need to be corrected.
Every bit of
gaming text in our PDFs is included in our
reference documents, which are available in the .odt
format, for OpenOffice.org Writer,
LibreOffice.org Writer and current versions of Microsoft® Word. A game master
simply can open the OSRD version of one of our
products in his or her word processor and go to work.
a game master wants to add a village or dungeon to one of our maps (or get
rid of or move one that's already there), he or she need only open the map in
Fractal Mapper 8 and go to work.
Open Source Reference Documents for Authors and
advantages mentioned above for game masters apply equally well to authors and
publishers. However, OSRDs serve yet another purpose for those who wish to
incorporate our material in their own works under the terms of the Open
When Wizards of the Coast® released the OGL
in 2000, the company provided for two types of content in products that are
published under the license:
Open Game Content
Content is available to any author or publisher who is willing to publish
under the OGL.
Identity is protected. One may not
incorporate elements that are designated as Product Identity in other products
published under the OGL.
The Vintyri™ Project attempts to make as
much of its work as possible available as Open Game Content. However, in our PDF books, there are two
types of content that we must label as Product Identity:
We must protect our trademarks, meaning both the graphical trademark
symbols and the trademark names such as Jörðgarð,
Vintyri, etc. It's the only means
we have to keep others from publishing incompatible or offensive material
under our trademark names. However, we
do offer others means for indicating Jörðgarð
compatibility. The name of our
campaign world, The Jörð, is Open
Game Content. Anyone working under the
OGL may use it. We also give specific
permission for others using the OGL to call their works unofficial Jörðgarð products.
Our publications use a wide variety of photographic
illustrations. The Vintyri Project does not own these
photographs. We are licensed to use
them in our PDFs, but we have no right to assign
further usage licenses to third parties.
The OSRDs give other authors and publishers a copy of the PDF
texts that has been cleansed of Product Identity. The only Product Identity in our OSRDs are a cover page and an impressum that is required by German law. These pages are clearly identified, and
must be removed before the content of the OSRD is
republished by third parties. This
single page of Product Identity contains no gaming material.
to offering the OSRDs, we also can negotiate trademark
licenses and the use of the illustrations in our publications, should an
author or publisher need either or both.
We charge no fees for such services.
However, if an attorney is required for the issuance of such licenses,
the licensee must pay the attorney's fees.