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Copyright Infringement question [was:new board game idea]

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Anonymous

Hey everyone,
I'm thinking of a new board game idea that incorporates concepts of various other popular board games(taboo,password, etc.) and I was wondering if any one knows the copyright infringement aspects of doing this sort of thing.
Frank

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Copyright Infringement question [was:new board game idea]

I think you'll be able to find some helpful insight to that question here on these boards, use the search engine on the front page and try searching for copyright or something like that.

Also, you'll find it's more helpful for everyone if you use more specific names for posts... something like "new game idea" doesn't mean much. Imagine trying to find this thread in 6 months because you know there was some interesting info in it... it'll be buried in some forum somewhere!

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using old mechanics/copyright

This is a question that we all most likely will run into.

Maybe its me but i cant find anything on this subject when im doing a search.

It should be a thread of its own!!!!

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Copyright Infringement question [was:new board game idea]

It's a bit hard to search the forums and find exactly what you are looking for.

Anyway, here's a thread that deals with the question whether you may use concepts or mechanics from existing games: http://www.bgdf.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1580

And another one: http://www.bgdf.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1257

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Copyright Infringement question [was:new board game idea]

For me its interesting to know what happens when you have developed a game that has game components of other games but in total you have added new stuff which makes it a new experience!

When could it it be considered a game of its own?

Most of the games on the market is a mixture of old ideas!

To come up with something completely new is hard, but were shall you draw the line between too similar and something new?

I personally prefer playing a good and fun game that has elements of an older game with new interesting ideas! over most of the games on the market.

Best of all is of cource someone that comes up with something new and innovative. I guess iam just a mediocre designer, but im wotking on it ;D

How do look publishers look at this subject?

Johan

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