Questions about the legal aspects of making games, including copying or nearly-copying the theme, rules, or other aspects of another game, or converting a game into a new medium.

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What's the legal stance for online versions of games?

I've played Dominion on isotropic, and I saw the existing question about online versions of board games, but not all of the games listed there appear to be official. The FAQ for isotropic says "I don'...
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Custom game boards and pieces for existing games [closed]

With the huge growth in the 3D printing and CNC areas over the past few years, you are starting to see a lot of custom pieces for existing board games. For instance, Risk boards made of walnut or ...
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Is my black-bordered foil from 8th edition a counterfeit? Where can I find more copies?

I have a black-bordered 8th edition foil Thorn Elemental. I really like this card, and I tried to find a place where I can buy it again. However, I can only find white-bordered versions of this card ...
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using real names / images in a board game [closed]

I am thinking of creating a soccer game, can I use real player name / images in this game or are there any legal implications? For example can I use Lionel Messi and his image on a card? Thanks for ...
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How to use an existing game legally for inspiration?

Thinking about using an existing game as inspiration for a new version of the game, and wonder how to go about doing this in a way that if for some odd, unlikely reason that my version takes off that ...
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Which famous (board) games are unlicenced and royalty free?

Which famous board games such as monopoly are unlicensed? Which games could you recreate and sell without having to pay royalties? Is there a list somewhere of all board games and their license, or ...
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Can I sell a third party expansion?

I've got an expansion for a semi-popular board game that my friends and I have been having a lot of fun with. I was wondering if I could package and sell the expansion to the game without consent ...