Free League Releases More Info On Its Year Zero Engine
January 2023 was probably the worst month in history for Dungeons & Dragons, when its owners Wizards of the Coast attempted to monkey with the OGL and faced massive, deafening backlash. Those plans have been now abandoned, but the effects are still being felt. During the chaos there were those who proposed a more open tabletop gaming engine that no one entity can claim as their own, and most of them are still moving forward with those plans. Like Free League, whose Year Zero Engine is about to be released for common use through the Free Tabletop License (FTL).
The Year Zero Engine is what powers most of Free League’s games: Mutant: Year Zero (where the name is taken from), Coriolis, Tales From the Loop, Forbidden Lands, ALIEN, Vaesen, Blade Runner RPG and others, including the upcoming The Walking Dead Universe RPG. They never really used the D&D engine anyway, so it was rather easy to spin off their own engine into a form other parties can use to make Year Zero-compatible content.
Today Free League presented drafts for two new open game licenses for the community to review – the aforementioned Year Zero Engine and a third-party license for their yet to be released Dragonbane fantasy RPG. “This license allows creators to freely publish RPG supplements explicitly compatible with Dragonbane, and to place the A Module for Dragonbane logo (above and here, Swedish version here) on the front cover,” Free League explains.
The Year Zero Engine Free Trade License can be read for review through this link; it is not the final version nor is it active just yet. Free League is seeing feedback to refine the released license based on suggestions from the community.
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