I'm working on a larger board game, but I'd like to wet my feet concerning the whole process by publishing something a little smaller first.
My friends and I have an alternative way of playing Cranium. It requires a board and a separate set of rules, but other than that, it uses all of the category boxes and pieces from the original Cranium set.
Is it legal to raise money and distribute this board and alternative rule set? I wouldn't actually be distributing Cranium, so any potential buyers would still need the game itself.
I seem to remember seeing a project on Kickstarter where a person (who had his project fully funded, if I remember correctly) basically redesigned pieces for a popular board game and sold those because the ones currently available were inadequate. If that was allowed, mine should be, right? The only potential concern I see with my product is obviously copyright, but would that just be alleviated by not advertising the product as being like a "Cranium Expansion" or whatever?
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