Hey, I’m sorry if this is a silly question, or if it’s in the wrong place, but when faced with something you don’t know, you can either look stupid or stay stupid, heh.
I’m a writer on the DM’s guild and I focus on adapting legacy content for 5e. Obviously, publishing WOTC/TSR content has it’s own rules, that’s not what I’m asking about.
Me myself, 100% of the time ALWAYS make sure that I get my sources legally. I know a lot of people don’t care, but it’s important to me that my sources are legal. So if I’m writing about something Dark Sun, and an internet source gives me what I need, I always make sure that they are legally allowed to tell/show me what they are telling/showing me.
I’m currently working on adapting some of the content from Dark Sun into setting-non-specific 5e works. My biggest problem is that I don’t know what sources I need and what I don’t. The easiest solution would be to buy/read/sort everything that has been released about Dark Sun, but it’s just not feasible to take the time/energy/resources to do that.
There’s things like TSRarchive.com, but those don’t tell me what the license is for sharing them, only what articles exists. Which is a great starting point, but then if I see a magic item from Dune Traders that somebody posted on their blog and I think “Oh, I should include that in my adaptation” then it takes me forever to find out if I need to buy Dune Traders or if Dune Traders has been released under CC BY-SA 4.0 and I’m good to take what has been shared with me and adapt it, or if it’s been listed under something else, or whatever.
So…help? Is there a list somewhere that shows what Dark Sun sources have moved under which licenses or maybe a way to search which items are under which license, or literally anything that would help in this area? I’ve spent hours trying to figure this out, but things like internet archive, unrelated results, and other random things dominate my searches (yes, I know how to use a search engine, but even still).
This is a common enough of a problem that I’m sure there’s some tool somewhere, but I still haven’t found it. You’d be saving me hours upon hours and honestly probably hundreds of dollars by helping me out, so I really would be so grateful. Obviously this goes for any D&D materials, but Dark Sun is what I’m specifically working on right now.
Thanks in Advance!