What can I use in my titles for 7th Sea Explorer’s Society?
Your work can use any rules and setting materials from the following 2nd Edition books published by Chaosium:
- 7th Sea Core Rulebook
- Heroes & Villains
- Pirate Nations
- Nations of Théah Volume 1
- Nations of Théah Volume 2
- Crescent Empire
- The New World
- Lands of Gold and Fire
Chaosium will make additional stock art and templates available through OneBookShelf, and you’re welcome to use these in your Explorer’s Society titles as they become available. All other art from officially published materials is not to be used, but you are free to commission your own art for use within your products.
The 7th Sea Explorer’s Society is a community resource. This means that you’re also welcome to expand on and adapt work that other authors have created here. You can write part 2 of an adventure you enjoyed, use another author’s villains, or repurpose community-created dueling mechanics. If someone’s work inspired you, and you’d like to build on their characters, stories, or settings, please do credit their original work! It helps the entire community grow.
What can’t I use in my Explorer’s Society Titles?
For now, we’re only accepting content from the locations that appear in the Core Rulebook, Heroes & Villains, Pirate Nations, Nations of Théah Volume 1, Nations of Théah Volume 2, The Crescent Empire, The New World, and Lands of Gold and Fire. As new books are released, we’ll open up submissions for other locations such as Shenzhou, Fuso, and more!
We’re also only accepting 2nd Edition materials, which means that you’re welcome to update 1st Edition materials to 2nd Edition, but we can’t accept anything written specifically for 1st Edition games.
Wondering about Five Sails? We're not currently accepting Five Sails content because we've got big plans for this location on the horizon. Stay tuned!
Finally, titles can’t include 7th Sea mechanics used in non-7th Sea products. Even though we love all sorts of roleplaying games (superheroes, mechas, urban fantasy), we won’t accept other settings that use the 7th Sea system here.
Where can I use Explorer’s Society art?
Explorer’s Society art packs are published under the Community Content Agreement for the Explorer’s Society program, and are licensed for use in content submitted to the Explorer’s Society. The art is not licensed to be used for any other purpose.
We are concerned about the ethics of AI art and its impact on the livelihoods of artists, and the ability of artists to maintain control over use of their creations. Effective 31 March 2023, AI Art (e.g. Midjourney, Dall-E) is not permitted in new Chaosium community content titles, including the Explorer's Society.
I’d like to write in a way that matches the tone of 7th Sea. Any advice?
In 7th Sea, a sharp tongue might get you out of a battle quicker than a sharp blade. While a villain may not immediately reveal his identity to the Heroes, there’s not a lot of moral gray area. Heroes are heroes and villains are villains, and both heroes and villains come in many forms.
It’s also great to think outside of the box when dreaming up a hero. The best stories are from 7th Sea heroes that come from all social classes, all genders, and even other lands—like Aztlan and Ifri.
What types of content are prohibited?
While the continent of Théah isn’t without its problems, Chaosium is a company committed to positive, diverse representation. We won’t accept content that contains: gratuitous depictions of violence, objectifying descriptions of people’s bodies or cultures, or content we find hurtful.
Parts of Théah might be sexist or racist, but your text should be free of anything that might confuse the in-game setting with how players should play it. Vodacce might be a land where women aren’t treated equally, but the text should always distinguish between how the Merchant Princes see the world and how the players/GMs think about women.
I’ve created a custom setting that 7th Sea players might enjoy. Can I upload it to the Explorer’s Society?
Explorer’s Society content should be created for the 7th Sea system and should take place in Théah or other approved settings within Terra. We love space pirates and far-future solarpunk settings, and we encourage you to explore the edges of the galaxy in your games, but published Explorer’s Society content should take place in the universe of 7th Sea.
Can I create and sell content for 1st Edition 7th Sea?
We’re only accepting content designed for 2nd Edition. If there’s something from 1st Edition that you really like, you can update that material with rules for 2nd Edition and share them here!
Can I adapt 1st Edition content for 7th Sea 2nd Edition and publish it here?
Yes! We’d love to see 1st Edition adapted, with a few exceptions:
- Settings that have not yet been released in 2nd Edition yet.
- No direct reprints of adventures, or directly copy/pasting large paragraphs of text. If you’d like to publish something based around a classic adventure you might consider:
- Creating a prequel or sequel. We’d love to see a new take on an old adventure, or a story told from a different perspective.
- A step-by-step conversion guide, without reprinting original content.
Can I copy information from 7th Sea rulebooks into my Explorer’s Society title?
You’re free to reference the text of official JWP products, but please don’t copy things outright unless you absolutely need to do so. In general, your text should be your original work.
Can I use iconic characters in my Explorer’s Society pieces, like Queen Elaine, Captain Reis, or Jeremiah Berek?
Yup! We’re happy to see major figures from 7th Sea in all sorts of materials.
Can I publish other materials to the Explorer’s Society, like artwork, comics, a custom card deck, or an app?
You can now publish RPG titles, artwork, cards, fiction, and comics. At this time no apps or other computer programs are allowed. If this changes we’ll update that information here!
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