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Using QAGS for your RPG

For those who would like to use QAGS for their own game, we’ve released a System Reference Document (SRD) under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means that you can use and adapt the text of the SRD (and only the SRD) in just about any way you like as long as you include the following attribution:

This work is based on the QAGS Second Edition game system (found at produced by Hex Games and written by Steve Johnson and Leighton Connor and is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license ( ).

The text must appear in the same place and in same font size as your own copyright notice.

The license explicitly prohibits you from suggesting that your product is in any way approved or endorsed by Steve, Leighton, or Hex Games. It also does not allow you to use any content owned by Hex Games or its creators that is not included in the SRD. For example, you can’t include the Sample of Play Theater characters, Qerth spells, or hobomancers in your game without the express permission of the relevant creators. The license also does not allow you to use Hex Games trademarks, like the Hex logo or Happy d20.

Since the name QAGS is technically one of those trademarks, but we want you to be able to tell people what game system you’re using, we ask that you observe the following guidelines when using the name:

  • Always use “QAGS Second Edition” when using the name in a stand-alone sentence (for example, if you want to say “Compatible with QAGS Second Edition” in an ad or on your book cover). In other instances (like a back cover blurb or your actual book), you only have to use the full name the first time it appears. After that, you can use QAGS, QAGS Second Edition, QAGS 2E, or Q2E as you see fit.
  • Do not use the word QAGS in the title (QAGS Fishing) or subtitle (Rods of Fury: A QAGS Game About Competition Fishing) of your game.
  • In advertising materials and on book covers, the word QAGS must always appear in a smaller font than your game’s title and, if applicable, subtitle.
  • Wording like “Compatible with QAGS Second Edition,” “uses the QAGS Second Edition game system,” and so forth is acceptable provided it follows the other guidelines.
  • Wording that suggests that your game is endorsed by Hex Games, Steve Johnson, Leighton Connor, or anyone else associated with Hex Games is not allowed. Examples include phrasing like “A QAGS Second Edition Game about super-powered vegetables!”, “For use with QAGS Second Editon,” or any phrase that uses the words like “Official,” “Authorized,” or “Creator Approved.”
  • If you’re not sure whether or not a particular use of the name is acceptable, ask us.