Programs and Applications
ICE has several policies in regards to various programs and computer applications that individuals may want to create for use with ICE products.
An important change from previous rules is that any and all derivative products, be they character generators, combat tools, etc., must be licensed from ICE. We have a basic license that allows for the creation of certain of these tools provided they are for free use. Hence, you should not be posting or giving away any ICE support tools without a license first from ICE.
The various types of tools and relevant rules are listed below:
- Character Generation Tools
Once you sign a Game System License with ICE, You may create and distribute these so long as you do not charge for them. Also, these tools may not contain more material than is needed to create the character and display the information on a character sheet. (i.e. the names of a spell on a list is okay, but the descriptions of such spells are not).
- Combat Management Tools
These tend to be more problematic due to the fact that many people would like to include the actual critical results in such tools. However, doing so can negatively impact upon ICE’s sales of several of its books. Therefore, these types of tools need to be approved (and you must sign a Game System License with ICE) before they can be distributed.
- Other Tools
Once you sign a Game System License with ICE, So long as the tool does not contain large amounts of ICE material, then you may create and distribute them provided you do not charge for them.
- Licensed Applications
If you want to create a tool that contains large portions of ICE material, or to charge for an application that you are creating, then you will need to Contact ICE and discuss getting a license from ICE to do so. Please do! We are looking for high quality support tools for our products.