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Hello everyone! Definetly new to the whole Warhammer 40k thing. My son suckered me in when he asked for the "Battle for Black Reach" for Christmas. While I, er Santa, was picking up the box set at the local game store I somehow walked out with a box of necron warriors. Now 6 months later, several more boxes of warriors, lords and destroyers I'm still building up my army.
On another note in my spare time I write programs for the state of Delaware (it's been interfering with my hobbying but you gotta pay the bills you know). Anyway, I've been tinkering with an online armybuilder for 40K. I saw where someone else has done one for fantasy warhammer. My version requires the user to enter all relevant data - races, options, weapons, models, etc. I don't offer up any stat information other than what the user puts in - and he's the only one who can see what he puts in. The user can turn around and print snappy looking reports, too, to take on the road. The difference with mine is that I want to charge a subscription fee. I saw where ScottW had managed to make contact with GW. When I tried, via email, I got a canned email saying to go read their legal page on the GW website which really didn't say much. I'd be very interested in hearing other people's stories about copyright issues with GW as I'm really trying to avoid them and yet still provide a quality product.
A formal welcome to LO is indeed prevalent here. Hope to see you around the forums, and as I say to everyone else, check out the entire website. You may find something that really catches your eye. I know that has happened to me many a time, and I can safely say that it has definitely been worth it.
I myself have not been caught up in copyright issues, however I have noticed that when people attempt to post up the fabled story "The Torture's Tale", one of the only full stories ever written about the Dark Eldar (player right here ) GW have chucked a dummy spit and told them to remove it. I understand that they may not have permisson, but if the only place to find it is on the GW website, even though it isn't even there at the moment, then people will not know about the hobby of 40K, and more importantly, about the Dark Eldar. With our re-release coming up soon, GW need to loosen their strings about what they have, and what they will release as well.
Anyway, see you around on LO!
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Welcome to LO. Hope you have more time for your hobby, real life gets in the way far too often.
As for the program you want to make, I am no expert on copyright, but I do know that you really need to pay attention to the name. No references to warhammer or anything else copyrighted by GW in the name of the program or any website you set up. You may want to send them a formal letter outlining your project and see if that will get more of a response.
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.
I twisted my dads arm into starting a necron army too (wasnt very hard at all), love to see your army list so far- post it on the forums for feedback and ideas