Episode 85: Repurposing Mechanics

Recycle! Using Material From Other Games Ethically and Effectively

Recorded at Metatopia 2015

Presented by Justin Jacobson, Cam Banks, Jeff Tidball & Andre La Roche.

At one time or another, every designer gains inspiration from existing works. Whether it’s snagging a single mechanic or repurposing an entire game with one crucial tweak. What are some tricks for finding that inspiration and using it in interesting ways? What are the ethical and legal considerations when using material? When does inspiration cross the line into plagiarism or, worse, infringement? What sort of attribution should you use?

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