A forum to discuss Open Gaming - which are free games that are released with a Creative Commons licenses. Post up any Open games you find or find out more about the licenses from our resident Open Gaming expert Sanglorian from FOSsil Bank Wiki.
Open games make it easy - and legal - to fuse wildly different ideas together. I'd love to see a setting made up of open elements of all sorts. Monsters from D&D, races from The Shadow of Yesterday, gods from public domain books, superpowers from 4C System, whatever!
I think we could create a setting like that by each proposing an element from an open game, public domain book or the like. We'll end up with a strange setting perfectly legal to use.
My element:The Cthulhu Mythos. We have to be careful here, because though Lovecraft's work is public domain, that's not the case for all the authors who built on his work.
To be a little different, how about some open source photos? For instance, archived images from the WWI documents archive.
How do you plan on integrating all these ideas? So far we could have "Baron Ugenberg has summoning the old ones in Siberia, forcing the great powers to create superheros unless they want to lose WWI to the Mi-GO" - but its probably going to get more convoluted. Is there some reason everything comes together (ie its like the inter-textual story verse wonderland from "JAGs Wonderland" or are things separate like Dimension Hopping games (ie TORG)
I've been considering a collective game for a while now - "Caravans and Cavaliers". It would be a sort of fantasy, with players as medieval teamsters, couriers, or guards who by law/geas cant spend more than three days in any one place. So they must be constantly moving on to different cities and resolving problems quickly. A bit like the anime "Kino's Journey", possibly without the talking motorcycle - though that might be rather outstanding in a fantasy world. On second thought, keep it - D&D need more Harleys. Anyway, to keep the game going, each person has to contribute a new city and stretch of interesting terrain.
Since I got off topic there, here is another useful link - a list of "Public Domain Artifacts." (Excalibur, Philosopher's Stone, Holy Grail etc.)
Games of imagination are never truly done. Yet tomorrow we shall start another one.