OGL OGL: Kobold Press 'Raising Our Flag' For New Open RPG

Kobold Press has announced its plans regardimg the upcoming new OGL v1.1, whihc involve a new, open game code named Project Black Flag.

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Kobold Press has been and always will be committed to open gaming and the tabletop community. Our goal is to continue creating the best materials for players and game masters alike.

This means Kobold Press will release its current Kickstarter projects as planned, including Campaign Builder: Cities & Towns (already printed and on its way to backers this winter).

In particular, Deep Magic Volume 2 will remain fully compatible with the 5E rules. We are working with our VTT partners to maintain support for digital platforms.

As we look ahead, it becomes even more important for our actions to represent our values. While we wait to see what the future holds, we are moving forward with clear-eyed work on a new Core Fantasy tabletop ruleset: available, open, and subscription-free for those who love it—Code Name: Project Black Flag.

All Kobolds look forward to the continued evolution of tabletop gaming. We aim to play our part in making the game better for everyone. Rest assured, Kobold Press intends to maintain a strong presence in the tabletop RPG community. We are not going anywhere.


 
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This is something I really want to happen, but KB press, more than most, on every possible level, really need to take their time.
Definitely.

I love Kobold Press's setting material, but their game mechanical stuff is their weakest point, both in game balance and in precision of language. Deep Magic was a mess. Southlands and Tome of Heroes are significantly improved but still have their issues. You can get away with this sort of thing in a supplement cos the DM can just case by case ban the messed-up stuff, and not every game is going to use every single one of the 700-odd spells in Deep Magic anyway. You absolutely cannot get away with it in a core book which is going to be heavily relied on every session. If Black Flag is anything other than a straight copy-paste of the 5e SRD, KP is going to have to get much, much better at editing and quality control.
 


TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
I just saw the update above. Their new Deep Magic books which are being kickstarted, and which are for "fifth edition games" are supposed to be BF compatible.

The Flag, is it were, is very much described like an SRD. Unclear if its the basis for its own game, or just something that gives you ORC cover to publish for the worlds most popular RPG.
 

darjr

I crit!
I just saw the update above. Their new Deep Magic books which are being kickstarted, and which are for "fifth edition games" are supposed to be BF compatible.

The Flag, is it were, is very much described like an SRD. Unclear if its the basis for its own game, or just something that gives you ORC cover to publish for the worlds most popular RPG.
They put out a call for GMs at GenCon ti run games of it.

So probably?
 


mamba

Hero
From Kobold Press

“Celeste Conowitch, our Senior Game Designer, is the lead on game design for this new fantasy RPG. She has been working on Project Black Flag behind the scenes since the summer of 2022. Additional designers and developers are currently engaged with the project, as well as several partners from the community.”

playtest to start in February

 






Clint_L

Hero
Actually, if they are playtesting, then they must have something to playtest. Which means a game, not just a list of keywords. A 5e compatible game.
Is 5e compatibility confirmed? I had assumed that they would be making a system distinct enough to operate as a rival to the 5e chassis, with no risk of licensing issues.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Is 5e compatibility confirmed? I had assumed that they would be making a system distinct enough to operate as a rival to the 5e chassis, with no risk of licensing issues.
They've made it pretty clear they plan to have fullbackwards compatibility with their existing 5E stock. Which is probably fairly easy if the Creative Commons plan goes through.
 

TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
Is 5e compatibility confirmed? I had assumed that they would be making a system distinct enough to operate as a rival to the 5e chassis, with no risk of licensing issues.
In the other thread they say this:

"New stretch goals - including a Project Black Flag Arcane Appendix, to make it easier to use Deep Magic 2 with the Project Black Flag rule set!!"

So compatible but not exactly the same. 5.5...5.ORC....5.K....like I said, the battle is beginning.
 

It sounds like it'll be 5e-compatible in the same way that PF1 was 3.5e-compatible. Mostly, just a few tweaks needed here and there. And to be fair, the way it's being written it sounds like Black Flag had its origin in someone's 5e house rules, which is pretty much the way PF1 got started too, so that's probably not much of a surprise.
 

Greg K

Legend
Glad to see Kobold Press doing Black Flag. I wish they would also work with PEG to do something along the lines of Savage Pathfnder, but with regards to the Midguard setting.
 


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