Free League Develops Two New Open Game Licenses

gweinel

Explorer
It seems Free League develops to new OGLs.

Free League Develops Two New Open Game Licenses

Free League Publishing today announced the development of two new Open Game Licenses (OGL). One is a rework of the Year Zero Engine OGL, the other a new license specifically designed for third-party modules for the upcoming Dragonbane fantasy RPG.

The work on these new licenses was initiated last year, but was intensified after the news regarding the update of Wizards of the Coasts' OGL v1.0, on which the Year Zero Engine (YZE) license was based.

"It's clear that it is high time for Free League to have an OGL that is fully our own," says Free League CEO Tomas Härenstam.

The Year Zero Engine in various iterations has been used in most Free League RPGs in recent years, including Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis, Tales From the Loop, Forbidden Lands, ALIEN, Vaesen, Blade Runner RPG, and the upcoming The Walking Dead Universe RPG. The YZE is an accessible, fast, and adaptable rules framework that encourages story-focused and player-driven playstyles.

The new Year Zero Engine OGL is designed to be easy to understand and use for creators. It will give creators an irrevocable, worldwide, and royalty-free right to use Year Zero Engine Standard Reference Document (YZE SRD) and freely publish their own roleplaying material based on it.

Alongside the new YZE OGL, the YZE SRD itself is being given a major overhaul and update, based on the developments of the Year Zero Engine in recent years. The new SRD will include more rules variants and add rules for chases, vehicles, travel, and magic.

Beside the YZE OGL, Free League will also release a third-party license for the upcoming Dragonbane RPG, which was successfully Kickstarted last year. This license allows creators to freely publish RPG supplements explicitly compatible with Dragonbane, and to place the special A Module for Dragonbane logo (see below) on the front cover.

The Dragonbane license is intended for third-party supplements for the game, not new standalone games, and thus does not have an SRD. This license is similar to the Free League Workshop community content program on DrivethruRPG, but allows creators to freely choose where to share or sell Dragonbane modules and without paying any royalties to anyone.

Both new Free League OGLs will be released in the next few weeks.

Unrelated to the two new OGLs, Free League currently publishes two product lines for 5E using WotC's v1.0 OGL: The Lord of the Rings™ Roleplaying (based on the original game The One Ring™) and Ruins of Symbaroum (based on Symbaroum). Based on the latest announcement from WotC, it seems like these two game lines can continue largely unaffected even after their updated OGL, but Free League continues to monitor the situation as more information becomes available.
 

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Reynard

Legend
I am super excited about the YZE news. i have a project I have had on the back burner for a while that I really want to use that game system for.
 

Interesting news—though it seems the Free League games I care most about won’t be included, unsurprisingly since they are based on licensed IPs (The One Ring and Alien).
 




gweinel

Explorer
It is interesting that they had pulled down their old OGL couple weeks before the whole uproar got started. Coincidence? They were one of the companies Hasbro had approached? They had inside info from another company (ex they have great relationship with Modiphius)?
 

Yora

Legend
I tried finding the existing license for Year Zero a few weeks back, and I really couldn't figure out what exactly they are giving permission to do.
 

aramis erak

Legend
I tried finding the existing license for Year Zero a few weeks back, and I really couldn't figure out what exactly they are giving permission to do.
Build a YZE flavor for an IP other than the ones they have, by mix-n-match of bits from other YZE games which got added to the SRD. And to indicate compatibility.

Which is an interesting take on an SRD with STL - they require indicating compatibility if you use their SRD. Just about 180° out from WotC.
 


There is an SRD? I wasn't able to find one, or an indication that one exists.
If I remember correctly, there was one on Google Drive that was shared in the Kickstarter where this was unlocked as a stretch goal. Not sure if they really ever published it openly on their website (I think not, but I might be wrong).
 

gweinel

Explorer
Well, making a little research I found in their forum 2 weeks ago about their OGL
Hello!

We're just polishing it a little to make the license a little clearer and more user-friendly, and adding some more features to the SRD. No major changes or anything like that.

Also in their facebook site regarding the ORC iniative
3 days ago:
The ORC looks interesting but we know very little about it, and have no idea when it will be completed. We'll be happy to check it out later though, and we might even add it as an alternative license to use. We'll see.
🙂

4 days ago:
It's seems like a good initiative, but we know very little about it. We have worked for quite some time on our own OGL, to make sure it does exactly what we need it to. Down the line, we might even offer several OGL options to use. We'll see.
🙂
 
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Isn't this it over here?
Yes, that should be it. But as suspected: if you try to access the original Google Drive link, it is now locked. And the website you linked is, as far as I can tell, that of a hobbyist - I was more thinking of something published on the Free League page (which, as just mentioned, I think has not happened so far).
 


Reynard

Legend
Yes, that should be it. But as suspected: if you try to access the original Google Drive link, it is now locked. And the website you linked is, as far as I can tell, that of a hobbyist - I was more thinking of something published on the Free League page (which, as just mentioned, I think has not happened so far).
It was available as recently as a week ago, but they have pulled it for review for obvious reasons.
 

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