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wild_liger wrote

Lots of older editions of D&D have been essentially cloned and released for free through the Open Game License (OGL), though I'm not sure that the OGL would actually pass the freedom purity tests for this sub (I don't mean that in a disparaging way).

In particular I'm fond of Labyrinth Lord (a slightly modified clone of the old 1980's Basic/Expert boxed set editions) and OSRIC (based on the old first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons).

Likewise, the most recent 5th edition has its System Reference Document (mostly just pared down mechanics of the game, without a lot of the elucidating game text to contextualize them, but fine if you already know how to play) released, also under the OGL.

If you are just interested in tabletop roleplaying games in general that don't necessarily resemble D&D, rpggeek has a list of RPGs released under a Creative Commons license that's probably not exhaustive but is still significant. Lady Blackbird, Lasers and Feelings, Eclipse Phase, Donjon, and The Shadow of Yesterday are all worth checking out, in my opinion.

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nov wrote

Cool question and great response. Gonna tuck this away for later. Thanks.

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F3nd0 wrote

rpggeek has a list of RPGs released under a Creative Commons license that's probably not exhaustive but is still significant. Lady Blackbird, Lasers and Feelings, Eclipse Phase, Donjon, and The Shadow of Yesterday are all worth checking out, in my opinion.

‘Creative Commons’ is a set of various licences, some of which are libre, but others are not. Therefore, the brand of ‘Creative Commons’ by itself never indicates that something is free as in freedom. I didn't manage to get a good look at everything you listed, but ‘Lady Blackbird, Lasers and Feelings’, and ‘Eclipse Phase’ are all non-libre. ‘Donjon’ looks like it might be libre.

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dark wrote

Stars Without Number has a free version available. It's a sci-fi sandbox RPG with incredible versatility, the author even states multiple times in the PHB that players should hack and change the game.

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Mermaiddbitch wrote

Roll20 is an online tabletop and you can find copies of the player handbook monster manual dm stuff etc online as pdf

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F3nd0 wrote (edited )

‘CC’, yes, but precisely ‘CC BY-NC-SA’ (from what I was able to find), which is non-libre. (See also my other comment.)

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martasultan wrote

Can I ask what the functional difference between the libre and non-libre ones is?

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Friendly_Neighbor wrote

Lamentations of the Flame Princess has free rules, spell books, and adventures on their site.

https://lotfp.com/RPG/

It is an osr d&d style with a default campaign setting in a "weird" 17th century fantasy setting. Weird like creepy dark Gods, gothic horrors...where things are oft not as they seem. Easily convertable to a standard d&d style campaign world.

I'm a big fan it has inspired my campaigns.