I believe it should be a blue color. But looks like maybe was lost in the latest version. Perhaps it was in a previous version of the rule book. I don’t think it was intended to be all black in that rule book.
Here is the statement in the Athasian Eporium book with the coloring being implemented in the document in the lower pic. I think ToA and the other docs has a similar coloring.
Four whatever reason, the core book states as per the OGL license requirement that text “in this color” is open content. Everything else is not.
The text in question happens to be black for that specific book.
Oversight or not, that technically makes all the text not called out as Product IP into open content. Which might not be revocable, even if in error? Not sure about that…
Even if rules mechanics themselves were legal declared not protectable, that doesn’t mean the text used to describe said mechanics isn’t protected, because it is.
In any case, I just wanted to know what I could use as is, and what I would have to re-write from the core book. Specifically the NPC class, but if more is available, I’m willing to look at it.
I tried scouring the internet to see if I could find a previous version of the rule book and see if it had the coloring in it. There is a DS3_r6 out there somewhere, but I couldn’t find a copy. (I searched the DS Facebook files, archive.org, and athas.org)
The OGL stuff is not even mentioned in the original DS for 3.0e D&D rule book.
Well, technically Athas is not required to use the OGL license at all, since Athas was, and is theoretically still covered under the Official Fan Site License, which states co-ownership and allowed Athas the use of WotC IP in a way that the OGL and other current licenses do not.
Of course, since WotC seemingly refuses to confirm or deny the OFSL status, that is a tenuous theoretical.
If some of the Athas rules content is in fact OGL, then I want to know, since rules are my big interest and all.
I’m fairly certain the Psychic Adept is only going to have either new content or things lifed from the SRD. It’d be wacky for it to use cool new stuff from other books, as its whole point is to be a low-powered/boring npc generalist psion.
I feel like you’re either misunderstanding or being facetious, but i can’t imagine why, so whichever, I’m probably wrong.
Everything adds to the greater community.
The only possible utility (that i can imagine) for OGL-ing content such as that on Athas.org, would be so that other people (you, me - if i wanted to, etc) would be legally protected should they decide to include things like Athas.org’s Royal Defiler prestige class.
Producing a 3.5e adventure (or something) using such a prestige class would only be an issue if you tried to sell it and only if the original author was litigious (a quality more easily applied to WotC than a fan site).
Anything else just seems like a personal quirk or appreciation of the OGL.
Or, I’m COMPLETELY wrong, in which case, would someone please educate me?