Legal Usage: Risus Fan-Material Policies
|Risus is more than just a free,
beer-and-pretzels joke RPG. It's a free, beer-and-pretzels joke RPG with
a large and (I'm happy to say) fairly huggy family of online
fans, including fans with an itch to write new Risus stuff.
This is a good thing, and I do my best to keep the rules for fan-material
as simple as Risus itself. At some point, I'll improve them
with William Shatner references and Cajun Ninja. Until then, here goes
... Drop me a line if any
of this stuff is unclear, or if you're just bored and want to drop me a
The Use of the IOR Crest
Any IOR member may display the IOR crest as part of any Risus work, without special notice or other conditions. See the IOR Charter. Non-IOR members may not make use of the crest in any way.
Feel free to re-publish any Risus-specific illustrations which I've made available in freeware form (including the illustrations in Risus itself, and any "LCB" artwork I've released in TrueType font form). Please remember to credit me for them, however (this is a separate concern from crediting me as the author of Risus), and include both explicit copyright notice (appropriate to the year of their publication; see the source font or document for the year(s) to use) and explicit notice that the art is used by permission. Copyright should always be for "S. John Ross," rather than "Cumberland Games & Diversions," since Cumberland is a DBA, not a corporation.
Recast Risus (The More Complicated One)
I make allowances for a special kind of Risus fan-document I call a "recast." This is the original Risus: The Anything RPG (or any recognizeable chunks of it) re-written to suit a particular setting or genre. Recasts follow all the standard rules for fan supplements (see above), with some extras:
In general, I think supplements are the best way to go, but I understand that a lot of people enjoy putting together something self-contained, so that's cool.
If you like Risus, please link to it rather than mirroring it. Links strengthen the site's position in search engines so that new gamers who stumble on it are (A) stumbling onto the most current version and (B) stumbling onto the hub of the thing, where they can find the accompanying freebies, related commercial stuff and the bigass collection of links to fan-sites and translations.
You may, if you wish, host a copy of the complete ZIP archive containing the PDF and other versions, but please do your best to keep it current, do not modify it (or its contents) in any way, provide a link back to the Risus homepage, and let me know you've posted it so I can include you on the downloads page.
Individual documents have a way of traveling individually from their source, so please remember to apply these rules to every article/page on your site, if you the muse tickles you to engage in frequent Risussery! This is quadruply important for Word documents, PDF files, and other files that folks are more likely to download than just read in a browser.
If You Happen to Notice ...
If you spot a Risus fan-page online that doesn't conform to these rules ... remember that 90% of the time (give or take a percent) it's just an honest oversight. The spirit of these rules is far more important than the letter. It's not that big a deal, so if you decide to email them (or me) about it, keep it gentle and assume the best.
The Last Rule for Fan-Freebies
The only other "rule" is - write me and let me know you've done it, whatever "it" may be! That way I can link to you, both from the Risus site and (if applicable) from the Risus directory in the Open Directory Project.
Last Updated 1/24/07, but current today!