Fan Content Rules and Guidelines

This page tells you everything you need to know about creating content based on the World of Aetaltis.

The Short Version

So you want to play in the World of Aetaltis sandbox! No problem! We welcome you to add your creativity to that of the other wonderful, talented creators that have shared their own creations already. To keep things fun and friendly, there are some rules you’ll need to follow.

Here’s the short version of those rules:

  • Officially Agree to the Rules: You must agree to the Mechanical Muse fan content rules by reading the information and following the instructions here.
  • Keep it PG-13: World of Aetaltis fan content must adhere to the PG-13 rule. Anything you create must be something that could appear in a PG-13 film. Rated R or “adult” content is strictly prohibited.
  • Create Respectful Content: Mechanical Muse has no tolerance for sexism, bullying, misogyny, racism, or homophobia. We do not allow fan content of any kind that encourages, supports, or embodies any of these behaviors. Prohibited content includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, age, or religious beliefs. Furthermore, prohibited content includes, but is not limited to, discriminatory images, intimidation, stalking, unwanted following, harassing photography or recordings, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. If you can’t figure out how to make awesome content that avoids this, you’re not being creative enough.
  • Don’t Sell Your Content: You can’t make money from your content and you can’t distribute it on commercial retail sites like DriveThruRPG – even if you aren’t charging for it..
  • Don’t Copy Our Content or Anyone Else’s: You may not copy content from our books, whether a direct copy or a rewrite of that content. You may not use any of our images or brand assets (like borders and backgrounds) in your content unless provided on this page as a Fan Content asset. Also – don’t steal from anyone else! Just because a picture or text is on the internet doesn’t mean it’s free to use.
  • You Still Have to Abide By the SRD When It Comes to Rules: If your creation includes content based off the game rules for the Fifth Edition of the World’s Best-Known Roleplaying Game, you must still abode by those rules as well. It’s up to you to understand those rules and follow them!
  • You Own Your Content but You Share Your Creations: When you create something new under these terms, you’re giving us permission to use the characters, events, creatures, items, and other setting elements in future official World of Aetaltis products. So, if you create a cool heroic character, that character could show up doing something cool in a future official product. At that point, we’d “own” that character just like all the other official content for Aetaltis. If we want to use your entire creation, however, we’ll work with you to license your work (the image you made, the text you wrote, etc.) and pay you for it at our normal rates.
  • We Can Share Your Content: We have a right to share the things you make BUT we may not alter them, incorporate them into other works, or anything like that. We also have to credit you. The idea here is we could create a page of downloads here filled with the cool stuff all of you have created.

Don’t break these rules and read the full rules here! If you break these rules, not only will you get a crabby note from us telling you to stop immediately, there could be other repercussions, some of which are legal. If you’re not sure if what you’re creating is okay or you think it breaks a rule, create something different or visit us on discord and ask in the appropriate channel if what you want to make is okay.

Making Money With Your Content

We will eventually offer a licensing agreement that allows you to sell you fan content, but that option is not available today.

Fan Content Assets

You may use any of the assets linked below in your fan content as long as you accept the agreement here and follow the rules in it.

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