Hacking Undying

So you want to hack Undying, awesome!

I’m really excited to see how people take the thoughts I penned in Undying and transform them into new and better ones! Please tell me all about it!

If you’re interested in hacking Undying, there are a few things you need to know, outlined below.



What if you want to hack Undying, without actually selling it?

The text of Undying is released under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial License and you can download a free copy of it here or you can buy the full version on DTRPG here. Under this license, you are free to do whatever you want with the text of Undying and you may do so without seeking my permission — because I’ve already given it to you through this license — provided:

  1. You do not seek commercial benefit or material compensation from your use of the text
  2. You attribute the original work to me, Paul Riddle. You may also provide a link to
    1. My blog at enigmamachinations.com
    2. My g+ community
    3. My Undying Facebook page
    4. Or, if you want to link to some other content, please contact me first
  3. You do not use any of the following (which are copyrighted and/or outside the scope of this license)
    1. Undying Kickstarter stretch goals (without explicit permission from their creator)
    2. Undying artwork, line art or figures, or other graphical and design elements
    3. Layout or design elements taken directly from the PDF (if you copy, that’s mine; if you create your own, that’s yours)

Otherwise, you’re all set!

But, what if you do want to sell it?

  1. If you want to make a new thing that doesn’t use Undying’s words or graphical assets directly, then that’s your own creation and you don’t need anyone’s permission to do that!
  2. If you want to make and sell a playset, a playbook, or something of that nature, that has some of Undying’s content embedded in it, but is mostly your own creation, please get in touch with me. You’ll need my permission to use the words of Undying, but I’m happy to have your help expanding the brand.
  3. If you want extensive use of Undying’s words or graphical assets, then you need my permission and you’ll need to negotiate a license agreement with me.

Undying is copyrighted, and that, in conjunction with the CC license described above, protects Undying from unauthorized commercial use.

When and how should I contact you about permissions?

The best way to get in touch with me is a private message on g+. That’s also the best way to stay connected. From there, we’ll go to email or something.

If you’re only using a little content, like with a playbook or playset, please don’t contact me until you have a solid product. The odds of me saying no to you at that point are low. I won’t entertain discussions about conceptual products or for early drafts that may never turn into products.

If you’re interested in using a lot of content, like with a translation, you’ll definitely want to contact me before you get started; but, please don’t contact me about it yet. Sorry. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I’m just not ready to start having those discussions. I’ll post an update when I am.

About Paul

Full time nerd, part time game designer. Creator of Undying and co-creator of the Regiment.
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