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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Jan 2023 4:53 p.m. PST

Looking for sci fi rules that are closest in mechanics to Team Yankee / Flames of War. Is it 40k? Epic Armageddon? Something else?

Thresher0129 Jan 2023 5:14 p.m. PST

40K is apparently FOW.

Need popcorn for the replies/outrage over that assertion.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2023 5:59 p.m. PST

I disagree, FOW is 40K for WWII. More popcorn?

Pythagoras29 Jan 2023 7:05 p.m. PST

Future War Commander, maybe. Two Hour Wargames probably has something similar.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Jan 2023 9:10 p.m. PST

Just use FoW, or TY and file off the serial numbers

Arjuna29 Jan 2023 9:18 p.m. PST

Get the rules in electronic form, and swap out the names and designations for those of the setting you want. Remove the historical context, if FOW deals with history at all. Change some stats and the point system, get it smoothed out by an LLM AI, like ChatGPT, and Voilą, a new SF rule system.
Game rules aren't copyrightable.
At least not in the anglophone world, as far as I know.
And probably not on the meager rest of this planet, like say Germany.

Mister Tibbles30 Jan 2023 8:48 a.m. PST

Future War Commander is based on Warmaster and is nothing like FoW

Why you ask?

Mark Plant01 Feb 2023 9:45 p.m. PST

Rules are most certainly in copyright.

Their concepts can't be copyrighted though. You can rip them off wholesale, provided you rewrite them.

Games Workshop have trade marks on some of their words. You can't call your space marine a "space marine", for example.

Arjuna02 Feb 2023 6:46 a.m. PST

Yes, you're right.
Rules in the sense of gaming mechanics.
Not, for example, the exact wording, which may be under copyright.
That is the reason I recommend smoothing it with an LLM-based AI.
Some give you the option to select a writing style.

You may have a chance to patent the gaming mechanics though.

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