Sunday, June 05, 2011
Tharduin: an Open-Source World Project
Now, this is not to say you may plagiarize another users tale or game product, slap your name on it, and put it forth as an e-book. Far from it. But, what you can do is lift elements of setting, alter it to fit your needs or use as-is, and write your own tale . . . and other readers may do the same with elements you create. Imagine Sanctuary from Thieves' World or Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age being open and free to use!
The project is still in its infancy, and it remains to be seen if others will embrace the notion of a wide-open fantasy world. But, I already have a couple of projects slated for Tharduin: a cycle of tales featuring a pair of Orcish witch hunters, during a time when Tharduin was under the dominion of the Orcs, and another tale that catapults my heroes a few thousand years in the future to see the final degradation of their race . . .
Let me know what you think, Gentle Readers. If you're a writer or game designer, would you take part in Tharduin?
EDITED TO ADD: An important point -- in NO WAY may previously published, licensed, copyrighted, or trademarked material be used without the express written consent of the owner. Thus, no adding elements from your favorite TV shows, books, or films UNLESS YOU'RE THE COPYRIGHT/TRADEMARK HOLDER AND CAN PROVE IT.
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