Frequently Asked Questions
Ownership and License Questions
Slarecian Vault is not an open game license. Beyond what is allowable with the OGL, content creators only have permission to use those unique game systems and background materials explicitly permitted by Slarecian Vault. Content creators are not allowed to use other material for original content unless they have a license to do so from Onyx Path Publishing (which requires a separate agreement).
If you’re still not sure about what you are allowed to publish, check the table below to see if that helps.
I want to…
design content using the Scarred Lands rules for Scarred Lands-related content
have my content considered for additional publication by Onyx Path
have my content considered for inclusion in digital games
have my content considered for inclusion in Scarred Lands marketing
publish my original IP using non-OGL elements of the Scarred Lands rules
print and sell my Scarred Lands products on my own
publish content set outside of Gelspad at this time
publish crossover games with IPs that do not belong to Onyx Path
publish my own rules system for games set in the Scarred Lands world
Does Onyx Path own the content that I create in my Slarecian Vault publications?
Yes. Further, content creators are not allowed to create new intellectual property under the Slarecian Vault program. Rather, every piece of content created uses the Onyx Path IP. That said, if your work merits incorporation into canon, Onyx Path will contact you.
The Slarecian Vault agreement will grant other Slarecian Vault authors a license to use your original content at any time from its publication date.
What do I include in the legal text within my Slarecian Vault title?
We recommend a legal section in this general format:
This product was created under license. SCARRED LANDS and its logo, and Slarecian VAULT and its logo, are trademarks of Onyx Path Publishing. All Scarred Lands setting material, art, and trade dress are the property of Onyx Path Publishing. www.theonyxpath.com
This work contains material that is copyright Onyx Path Publishing. Such material is used with permission under the Community Content Agreement for “Slarecian Vault” Community Content. All other original material in this work is copyright [THIS YEAR] by [YOUR LEGAL NAME OR COMPANY NAME] and published under the Community Content Agreement for “Slarecian Vault” Community Content.
If I use content from other Slarecian Vault authors, do I need to credit them?
As more authors contribute to the Slarecian Vault’s pool of community content, we do not expect to maintain perfect attribution every time some author re-uses elements originally contributed by another author. Such attributions are not strictly required. However, we do think two things would be best practices for all Slarecian Vault contributors:
When re-using a larger element that you have taken from another Slarecian Vault author’s work, include a reference to the original work as a link to the DriveThruRPG page within your PDF. For example, if you use a new enemy called the Slitherin Mystics that you found in another author’s work, you should reference that inside your own work using an internal citation such as "Slitherin Mystics from Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth by Jane Doe".
On your title’s credit page, make a list of such references.
Content and Format Questions
What can I use in my products on the Slarecian Vault?
When you create your own title for the Slarecian Vault, you get access to a hoard of resources. Your work can use any of the rules published by Onyx Path. Additionally, Onyx Path and OneBookShelf will from time to time make additional resources such as stock art, template cover designs, and other such assets available for you to freely use in your Slarecian Vault titles.
As others create content for the Slarecian Vault and expand the world through their titles, you then have access to use that material in turn. All Slarecian Vault creators contribute to a pool of community content that can be re-used, expanded, and explored by other creators in the Slarecian Vault community.
In short, this is an opportunity to take part in a massive communal design network, one that is officially recognized and sanctioned by Onyx Path.
I don’t see anything that would stop me from publishing products set outside Gelspad on Slarecian Vault. Can I do that?
Not at this time. In the near future, we will announce and update the Content Guidelines as new game settings become available on the Slarecian Vault.
Can I publish comic books, computer games, apps, and so on on Slarecian Vault?
Can I sell my Slarecian Vault title in print as well as PDF?
No. At this time, we are not allowing new print files for Community Content programs. If you have questions about this, contact publisher services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I prepare the PDF of my title for sale?
There are many different programs to lay out and prepare your book for digital download. Here are some things to help you make sure your PDF will download properly and look great!
CREATE - Lay out your Digital PDF from scratch...
QUICK SPECS (PDF) - To get you started.
QUICK CHECKLIST (PDF) - To be sure you don't miss anything.
Download MS Word Tutorial - Advice on how to use Microsoft Word, and a few other programs to prepare a DIGITAL ONLY title. POD titles can not be created in Word
Download MS Word Templates - A ZIP file containing Word (94) templates for 6" x 9", 6.14" X 9.21", 6.25" X 10.25", 7" x 10", 8.5" x 11", and 8.25" x 11" products.
Download InDesign Tutorial - This tutorial will offer you some advice on how to use Adobe InDesign to prepare an optimized digital edition PDF book.
Download InDesign Templates - A ZIP file containing CS4 InDesign templates for6" x 9", 6.14" X 9.21", 6.25" X 10.25", 7" x 10", 8.5" x 11", and 8.25" x 11" products.
Download Scribus Tutorial - This tutorial will offer you some advice on how to use Scribus to prepare an optimized digital edition PDF book. Scribus is a free layout program available at www.scribus.net.
Download Scribus Templates - A ZIP file containing Scribus templates for 6" x 9", 6.14" x 9.21", 6.625" x 10.25", 7" x 10", 8.5" x 11", and 8.25" x 11" products
EPUB & MOBI Tutorial and templates
EPUB & MOBI EXPORT TUTORIAL - FROM INDESIGN (PDF) - To show you how to prepare your InDesign file for export to the ePub format, and how to use Calibre to convert your ePub file to the Mobi format.
EPUB & MOBI EXPORT TUTORIAL - FROM MICROSOFT WORD (PDF) - To show you how to prepare your Microsoft Word file for export to the ePub format, and how to use Calibre to convert your ePub file to the Mobi format.
PREPARE - You've already created a PDF and want to see if it's upload ready. Our PDF's for Digital Titles are best when a few guidelines are followed. Check the links below to get your files ready!
READY - Once your print files are ready to upload...
- UPLOAD - Will show you where and how to upload your files for digital download
Do not security-lock your Digital PDF. For our watermarking security process to work, the PDF files must be unlocked (so they can still be edited). We add the watermark at checkout and then lock the file ourselves.
Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, and Virtual Tabletop Content
Can I publish Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, or other virtual tabletop compatible content through Slarecian Vault?
Yes! As long as your material follows the other posted guidelines, you can produce content for Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, and other virtual tabletop programs.
What is Fantasy Grounds Content?
Fantasy Grounds is a virtual table top (VTT) program published by SmiteWorks that lets you play RPGs virtually with your friends. Now you can do that with Slarecian Vault content! This lets you play out your favorite community created adventures, monsters, heroes, and other user made enhancements to your game.
How do I make a Fantasy Grounds file?
Most Fantasy Grounds content will be in the form of .mod files created by using the export features from Fantasy Grounds. More information is available in the Fantasy Grounds' Developer Guides:
How do I upload my Fantasy Grounds compatible content?
You upload your content nearly the same way as any other Slarecian Vault title. On your Account page, click on Enter New Community Created Title, just like you normally would.
When you see the options for "Publish Community Content" or "Publish Fantasy Grounds Content" choose "Publish Fantasy Grounds Content". This will note your product as Fantasy Grounds compatible, so we can display it in the right places on the marketplace.
What if I already have a PDF of my title for sale? Can I make a Fantasy Grounds file for it?
Yes! But you should then republish the title so that you use the “Publish Fantasy Grounds Content” button per above for the new title listing. Then make private your old listing that was for the PDF-only version using the Edit Title link under My Content on your Account page.
What logos can I use?
The normal artwork rules apply for the thumbnail image/covers, as can be seen here.
For titles with Fantasy Grounds content, you can continue to use the Slarecian Vault logo, but to make it stand out, you can also use this Fantasy Grounds logo on your cover.
How do I use these files?
For help installing and using files on Fantasy Grounds, take a look at the Fantasy Grounds User Guides here:
Can I make a Fantasy Grounds version of another author's Slarecian Vault release?
The artwork, including cartography, that another author includes in their Slarecian Vault title does not become re-usable by other Slarecian Vault authors. For this reason, it's likely very challenging to make a Fantasy Grounds compatible version of another author's work without contacting that author and working with them on it as a co-published project. Authors can be contacted by leaving them a message in the Discussion thread of their product.
Logo and Artwork Questions
What kinds of artwork and maps can I use in my Slarecian Vault products?
The artwork (such as illustrations and maps) that you include in your product _does not_ become part of the Slarecian Vault content that other Slarecian Vault contributors can then use. Here is general advice for these types of artwork::
Art provided by Onyx Path. The art you find in the Resources for Slarecian Vault Creators category is owned by Onyx Path and can be freely used in your Slarecian Vault titles. No other artwork from Onyx Path can be used — only the art specifically released for Slarecian Vault Creators.
Public Domain Art. Art that is in the public domain can be used, but it must be listed in the credits.
Stock Art. Usage of stock art depends on the license associated with that stock art. Most of the stock art sold under the Publisher Resources category on DriveThruRPG includes a license that would allow it to be used in your Slarecian Vault titles.
Commissioned Art. You must have all the rights to the art in your project. Commissioned artwork may have not been previously used for any other IP that is not a part of the Slarecian Vault.
Creative Commons. This depends on the type of Creative Commons license. Some allow commercial use, while others do not.
What logos are required and allowed on my Slarecian Vault product?
You are required to use the Slarecian Vault logo on the cover of any product. You may not use the Scarred Lands logo or any other game line logo as part of your RPG product title.
Do I have to use the templates provided by Onyx Path?
You are highly recommended to use Onyx Path templates, but they are not a requirement.
Payment and Pricing Questions
How should I price my product?
When you upload your Slarecian Vault product, you will enter all the metadata for your product, including setting its price. You have the option to set the price to be free ($0). You can also set the price to be Pay What You Want (PWYW), meaning that each customer can set their own price (from $0 up) to pay for your product. Most products, though, will be priced at a fixed price.
The ideal fixed price varies with the length of RPG product and its quality of writing, art, and design. Based on historic data from DriveThruRPG sales for PDFs, the most successful price points are $1.00, $2.00, $2.95, $3.95, $4.99, $7.95, $10.00, $14.95, and $19.99.
More detail can be found in this OneBookShelf blog post.
How do I get paid?
Once you activate your Slarecian Vault title for public sale, your account will begin to accrue a 50% royalty every time your product sells. You can withdraw your accumulated royalties via PayPal by going to the My Money section of the Account page. Note that the My Money section of your Account page will not display until you have a balance accrued.
There is a $2 fee to cover the cost of each withdrawal, but you will pay no other fees, either to us or to PayPal, to receive your money.
To prevent certain types of fraud, we must hold back the amount of royalties you earned in the past 60 days from being eligible for withdrawal. The amount eligible for withdrawal at any time, is your total account earnings balance less the amount earned in the past 60 days. You may use your earnings as site credit to pay for orders on site; this will lower your earnings balance and the amount eligible for withdrawal.
We pay royalties only via PayPal. Creating a PayPal account is free and easy, and in most countries, you can connect your PayPal account to your bank account and transfer money from PayPal to your bank in a few business days.
DriveThruRPG Publisher Account Questions
I already have a publisher account at DriveThruRPG. Should I use my normal publisher tools for submitting Slarecian Vault products?
No. Slarecian Vault products are managed from the My Content section of your Account page on DriveThruRPG.com. Do not use your normal Publisher Hub to set up new Slarecian Vault products. Royalties for Slarecian Vault product sales will likewise accrue in your customer account, not in your publisher earnings account
Can I use my publisher tools on my Slarecian Vault content?
Slarecian Vault content is associated only with your customer account, not your publisher account. The tools available to you for your Slarecian Vault content are found on the Account page of Slarecian Vault. They are a simplified subset of your normal publisher tools.
Can I release the same products on both Slarecian Vault and as an independent publisher?
Any content created for the Slarecian Vault, which is completely separate from your other publishing efforts, must remain exclusive to Slarecian Vault. It cannot be listed anywhere else, and will not be considered part of your publisher account (though it will be part of your “My Content” on the Slarecian Vault).
Can I submit non-English language titles to the Slarecian Vault program?
Please do! You can submit your content in any language.
Can I submit translated material to the Slarecian Vault originally published by other creators?
Yes, you may translate Slarecian Vault content with the permission of the original content creator, which will require an agreement between the creator and the translator. This may result in a revenue sharing program as administered by DriveThruRPG.com.
Can I submit translated material of previously officially published Onyx Path products?
Not at this time. We are in the process of working with professional translation companies.
Will material be approved by Onyx Path before it is published on the Slarecian Vault?
There will not be a formal approval process by Onyx Path or OneBookShelf, per se. However, if you’re found to be breaking our content guidelines, there will be repercussions. For example, your content can be pulled from the site, you might be ejected from Slarecian Vault as a content creator, and you would receive no payment for copies sold.
Can anyone rate my Slarecian Vault content?
Only people who purchase your content are allowed to rate and review it. Anyone can join the Discussion on your product page, however.
It is encouraged to keep reviews of other's work positive and helpful, in keeping with the community atmosphere.
Can I rate my Slarecian Vault content?
No. Self-reviews are not allowed.
Can I become an administrator for the Slarecian Vault?
At this time, all administration responsibilities are handled by OneBookShelf and Onyx Path staff.