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Subject: OCTGN - My only option, but is it legal? rss

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Brandon Ciantar
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I really want to play this game but I can't find adventure packs like Hunt For Gollum, amongst others (in Europe).

Then I found out there is a program on Windows called OCTGN and it seems it has all expansions available for play. The question is would I be doing something illegal by doing this?
 
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Aaron Edwards
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I don't know about the legal status of OCTGN, but a whole lot of people use it, including the guys from the Grey Company podcast (a podcast focused solely on LOTR LCG). FFG is definitely aware of OCTGN and has had some interaction with them in the past. I don't know all the details but they seem to have worked something out. Ive tried it myself, it's a great way to play if you don't have access to the physical cards or a group to play with in person.
 
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Patrick
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Like with VASSAL one player of the game is supposed to own a copy of the game being played. I phrase it that way because both of those allow for networked PvP matches, so if not playing solo it would conceivably be like playing the other player's copy.

I don't think that ule is enforceable but it's good ethics.
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Rob Rob
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I understand the concern but I think (so far) it's not being contested as IP infringement.

I suspect FFG realizes it's mostly an aid to people who own the physical game but are without local companions, and that almost no one is playing this online just to avoid buying the physical game.
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Jim . K
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Robrob wrote:
I understand the concern but I think (so far) it's not being contested as IP infringement.

I suspect FFG realizes it's mostly an aid to people who own the physical game but are without local companions, and that almost no one is playing this online just to avoid buying the physical game.


Just out of interest, is there a Mac friendly version of OCTGN?
 
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Matthew D
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JimBGG wrote:
Robrob wrote:
I understand the concern but I think (so far) it's not being contested as IP infringement.

I suspect FFG realizes it's mostly an aid to people who own the physical game but are without local companions, and that almost no one is playing this online just to avoid buying the physical game.


Just out of interest, is there a Mac friendly version of OCTGN?


nope.
 
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