Submissions open from 2023-01-01 05:00:00 to 2024-01-01 04:59:59
Submissions due in
Celebrate Open Gaming!
Embrace open source games and true free license systems
This jam was created because:
open source gaming is amazing
whole thing going on about gaming licensing
spreading the word about open licenses is always a good thing
highlighting irrevocable licenses is important for preserving open gaming
Open content and community sharing movements like Creative Commons are increasingly important. They enable us as creators to take direct action to expand the open source movement in tabletop gaming and share our work with the community.
This jam will run until the end of the year, allowing plenty of time for people to create whole SRDs, games, and other open gaming resources!
Entries must use open licenses. Licenses must allow for free use, including royalty-free commercial use.
Entries must use explicitly irrevocable licenses. Use licenses with direct and explicit terms guaranteeing an irrevocable grant of rights. Many common licenses lack this feature. The Creative Commons Attribution and Attribution ShareAlike licenses are the most prominent examples of irrevocable open licenses.
All text, images, and other intellectual property released as open license must be created by you, sourced from the public domain, or drawn from irrevocably open licensed material. Be sure to give proper credit and otherwise comply with any license conditions, terms of permission, or so on for any material used.
Note: You may follow the Thirsty Sword Lesbians model and release only the text or other main material under an open license, not including the images, trade dress, or other accompanying elements.If you take this option, you must clearly indicate which parts are open licensed or not and you must use a license permitting it, such as a Creative Commons option.
Create anything from new SRDs to adventures for open licensed games to open source clip art. Anything TTRPG related, useful for players, or helpful for game designers is in bounds! As long as you are using an open license that protects creators with irrevocable terms, it's fair game.
What about my OGL/homebrew license/other free licensed game?For this jam, your terms must include irrevocability. GPL, CC licenses, and some others include it. Otherwise, you may (if you wish) add a section to your license or distribution statement stating that the terms offered are irrevocable, that the agreement cannot be terminated except for violation of terms, or some equivalent. As long as you make a "no take backs" offer with the license or in accompanying notes. You may also choose to multi-license, offering your game under another license (like CC-BY-SA) rather than altering the existing terms.
What about art, sound assets, and other elements? You may normally separately license text, art, and so on. For this jam, the spirit is to create a pool of *forever open source* resources and games. Games, SRDs, etc may be listed with such restrictions, but all material submitted to this jam should be irrevocably open licensed.
What kind of things can I submit? Literally anything that is permanently open licensed that is useful for tabletop roleplaying games. SRDs, games, and adventures are obvious. But you are also encouraged to submit art of all varieties, document templates, sound packs for APs and podcasts and sound banks for gameplay, open source dice rollers, theme music, icons, fictional worlds, character sheet builders... all of it! If gamers, designers, and/or creators in the space could make use of it in a TTRPG context, it's fair game.
NOTE: If a community member compiles a good list of additional resources that comply with the open and irrevocable requirements [SRDs, art, games, solo oracles, anything relevant], happy to link! Drop a post in the jam's community forum.
If you are the creator of any resource listed below and would like the listing altered or a different URL used, please let me know!
GNU Public License ("GPL"). One of the granddaddy open source licenses. Aimed towards software and a little more complicated, but enduringly popular in the open source movement and occasionally used for tabletop games.
Anti-Capitalist Attribution Cooperative License. An example of a newer type of irrevocable license growing in popularity for some indie games. Targeted for the use of cooperatives and individual users without institutional affiliations.
Open Source SRDs & Games
Some select options to get you started!
Motif Framework, d6 based oracle system usable for solo/GM-assistant oracles and game systems alike, from Thought Punks.
You are encouraged to use any other resources that fulfill the jam criteria! Anything in the public domain or released under a Creative Commons Attribution or Attribution ShareAlike license, or equivalent open resources, is fair game.
The jam maintainer is also open to listening public domain art repositories and other such resources. If you have anything useful to add to the list, please make a post in the jam's community board and clue us in!