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When you cross a line when referencing to other game

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by thomson92, May 26, 2019.

  1. thomson92

    thomson92

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    Hi,

    I know developing game based on the universe which belong to the company that doesn't allow to use their products isn't legal but I wonder how much inspiration I can gather from this kind of games.

    Here is a thing that I consider.

    I would like to use the same defense, attack types and races that appear in warcraft 3. No more other references to characters, world or story. The only thing that I would like to create is a combat simulation based on the same rules that are present in wc3.

    I know races like orcs, elves or humans can be met in any other games. Also armor types divided to heavy, medium, light and so on looks pretty universal. But I would like to be sure that this kind of combination where both, combat rules and races, referring to the same game, will not cross the line.
     
  2. Lurking-Ninja

    Lurking-Ninja

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    - logic is okay
    - names, characters, story are not
    - generic names (like orc, elf, etc) usually okay

    not a lawyer, talk to one!
     
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  3. AndersMalmgren

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    I remembered in Duke nukem 3d they had a hidden room, in that room there was a dismembered space marine from Doom, Duke said something like, that's one doomed space marine .
     
  4. Tzan

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    You cant use Hobbit.
    The D&D people got in trouble and had to change it.
     
  5. Zo_ey

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    It's better to read up a bit more before meeting a lawyer, as their time can be expensive.