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A topic by Cassk created 65 days ago Views: 188 Replies: 17
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Want to provide feedback on the forum? Have questions? This is the place.

Feel free to start a discussion about what works well, suggest possible improvement, ask for clarification, or check in on what you think about the tabletop forums in general.

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I see that there was a New Releases topic just started for games released on itch. Would that be the best place to promote games available or being funded elsewhere (for ex. a Kickstarter), should that go in it's own topic somewhere, or is it discouraged in general?

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We've updated it to allow for any new releases. Thanks for asking for clarification!

We would like promotion to all stay within that thread.

RE: New Releases

It might be worth subcategorising them to somewhat limit the effect of stuff flowing right out of sight before it could be easily seen. The group could grow quickly soon be releases every hour etc.

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We've now added a thread to each design category where people can describe their projects. Will keep an index in the first post of each thread for easy reference.

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Suggestion: Rename new release sticky as "March New Releases", replace monthly.

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This is a great idea

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Done! Thanks for the idea.

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The topics in Design are a little odd right now. I'm a big fan of PBTA and BitD but it's weird having those and not far more popular design spaces such as D&D or Fate. 

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The current categories are based on what content is most common on the itch.io store right now. As the content changes (or people are discussing a specific game frequently under "other games") we can change categories.

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Just chiming in to second that categories for D&D and Fate at least would be good and, I think, necessary. I've had a couple people contact me privately about creation of these spaces in the Design section.

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The best place to talk about something that doesn't currently have its own Design subcategory would be the Other Systems subcategory.

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I think if we're not providing explicit space for these fairly large design spaces, there's not a lot of incentive for people working in those spaces to transition to the Itch community. If the goal is to expand the TTRPG community on itch, it seems strange to me to stick only with what's already popular on here. But this is ya'lls show, just felt like it was something to discuss.

Edit: just as an aside, D&D and 5th Edition tags have about 8 or so games on Itch while Belonging Outside Belonging has 4. I'd say the community is def. there if its a numbers thing

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A mass migration to itch.io seems unlikely, given DM’s Guild. I’m also not super familiar with OGL/the SRD but we don’t really want to have to deal with legal issues related to putting D&D content on itch.io either.

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I don't really want to keep this going at this point, but just for future reference, OGL (and most D&D licenses) and the Fate license don't make any explicit restrictions on storefronts. There's no legal issues there - I only want to make that clear so designers stumbling on this aren't scared away from the platform. As long as you follow the license you can host/sell it anywhere.

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We can discuss it as a moderation group. We don't want any 1 mod to add new directories on their own. Do you have a good link to the OGL requirements in case we include it?

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100% on this. We're not excluding them by bias. We're currently unclear on what DnD and Fate content is allowed, but once it's clear we'll fire up spaces for them. 

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The WotC FAQ on the OGL (little alphabet soup there), which includes a link to the license itself.

Functionally, two cases:

1. If you directly host open game content (that is, people write whole games on the forum itself, or post big excerpts of mechanics and such), and if that counts as publishing, then the writers of same theoretically need to attach the OGL...  Somehow?  Nobody does this outside of SRD sites where they host a crapload of it, and nobody apparently cares, though some people do (rarely) link to it.

2. If you host self-contained publications that include open game content (that is, people put OGL systems and stuff up on Itch), then the writers of same need DO need to include the license in the publication.  Everybody does this, and indications are that WotC does care, though not to any draconian extent.

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