Announcing Downloadable Delves

Sarah Darkmagic - Posted on 10 April 2010

Building on my adventure finder idea, NewbieDM asked if I would be willing to host the downloadable delves. I'm more than happy to create a home for this project. While I hope to add things like the ability to rate adventures in the future, for now I just want to get the ball rolling.

NewbieDM's Original Posts

To make things as easy as possible for the start, people can email their submissions to

Submission Format:
System (e.g. D&D 4e, Pathfinder)
Setting (e.g. Generic, Eberron, Forgotten Realms)

Copyright Policy (e.g. Reserved Copyright, Creative Commons Non-Commercial, etc)

Link(s) If applicable, where the GM could go for more information

In addition to the above information, you should provide a PDF of your adventure/encounter.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All maps and artwork must be your original work, either hand-drawn or created without third-party copyrighted images. By submitting your adventure, you certify that you are not violating copyright law.
  • If you are using a monster straight from a Wizards of the Coast product, please reference it by DDI url and/or book where it can be found. Please do not include the full monster stats. If you are using a modified monster, please use the stat block from Monster Builder with the copyright notice attached. If the monster is completely your own creation, just format it nicely.
  • All submissions continue to be your property. However, you give us license to display and distribute them through our site.

Can we use creative commons & similarly licensed art as long as we obey the terms of the license? What if we get a statement from the original copywrite holder? If I was making one I'd be using someone else art for sure, but I'd be fine with checking if that was OK with them.

I'm not trying to make submissions terribly difficult or onerous. My fear is just that I really love being able to do neat little projects like these for the community, but I don't want everything thing to be taken down due to a DMCA notice or something similar. Since I'm not a copyright lawyer and I don't have a ton of resources to go out and hire a lawyer, I'm trying to be as permissive as possible while protecting not only myself, but the people who will be putting a lot of hard work and time into it.

For third-party artwork, here is what I suggest:
* Get permission from the artist (unless it is under an applicable copyright policy such as creative commons)
* In your work, attribute the work to the third-party and include a statement that it is used with permission.
* Provide contact information and/or urls for each third-party work in the email.

As I have time, I will contact the copyright holders to make sure they are ok with their artwork being used as such.

Alternatively, you can host the file on your own site or with a third party. Let me know about it and I will either add it to my database or send you a note why not. Clear copyright violations are likely to get a no from me. Regardless of my feelings on current copyright law, I have a lot of respect for the writers and artists who pour their souls into their work.

Another alternative regarding artwork. There is a free mapping tool called PyMapper It looks like thumbnails of maps are likely to be acceptable. I would be willing to try this out in hopes that companies affected would realize that the thumbnails would in no way, shape or form be acceptable substitutes for their products and, most likely, would push people towards buying the tiles from them.

Sorry there is so much confusion over this. Things will only get better from here.

This is a great initiative. I've been pushing for this a while back, and been active in the discussion around newbieDM too.
As DM where mapmaking is my strong point. Good writing in English is a little shadowed by the fact I'm not a native English speaking or writing, but I do my best.

If someone have this great encounter idea but need a battle map for it, I can be of assistance, team work is always a great solution to avoid being over worked. And, anyone up for writing up if I make a draft and a map?

// Totte - 4Eyes

I love it! This makes small-time publishers like ourselves very happy, to have a sort of indexed library of our works available. Great job!


Pymapper can also be downloaded at the yahoo groups page Feature requests are always welcome. If there is interest, dungeon/adventure information could be added to be a part of the map file.

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