Hello! So to put my query in context I’m fairly new to tabletop RPG’s (I actually just got started with one of my friends campaign recently - and that’s pretty much my first ever really) so I haven’t a strong grounding in understanding of the norms and customs of TTRPG’s though I would very much like to get more involved - especially now there’s an official fallout version, which makes possible so much I’ve wanted (and which wasn’t really satisfied with FO76) for so long!
So anyways I guess the title kind of states my concerns, I really just want to be able to understand whats considered acceptable as far as homebrew stuff goes so I can be sure I’m doing right by other people - especially modifius and bethesda - I of course don’t intend to be making any kind of money or any such crazy thing as that, the IP belongs to someone else and I completely respect that.
I guess the real question for me is how much is it acceptable to change or alter things ‘inspired’ by bethesda’s work to fit into my campaign??? As I’ve said I’m super excited about fallout coming into a multiplayer viable format which isn’t necessarily an MMO, I’ve started working on some basics for a campaign. I’ve opted to go with a “Survivors of Sanctuary” concept, where there’s more than one survivor of Vault 111 and that coposes the characters in the party. I’ve also started building a map using google maps as a tool and well as you can imagine it’s somewhat difficult to build a map following precisely the layout of locations in FO4 (which makes sense, I mean it’s a fictional representation) I guess the first thing I’m unsure of is it okay to adjust things to work better for my campaign as far as locations go? I mean I know I could much more easily find any number of maps of the commonwealth online which have locations of much more than just various landmarks on them, but I kind of like the idea of using a real world map (even if I’m going to be converting some areas of suburbs into swamps or reclaimed wilderness or whatever) cause it offers some cool inspiration sometimes and though I plan on including all the major locations from the FO4 map, I like being able to expand it out a little bit and include things which hadn’t been in the actual game, because it sounds kind of cool. I guess the crux of the problem I see though is a lot of cannon locations don’t have a real world analogue (though it’s amazing how many do if you look hard enough), stuff like Fort Hagen has no irl analogue (unless you count the Natick Soldier Center, but then the irl location of that is actually a nuclear dumping site cannonically); it’s actually really hard to put things in the exact same positions relative to one another becuase the game map isn’t to scale, so for example things like the Beantown Brewery end up way more west than they are in cannon (actually the cannonical location is the irl location of Harvard XD - but that goes again back to some of the cool stuff which you can include and expand on if you draw more inspiration from irl). There are actually a lot of things like that, Bostom Common is much larger irl than in game and Swanns Pond is only part of the Common irl (which I think is kind of cool actually).
But anyway I guess what it really comes down to for me, how much is it considered acceptable to change things or move them around to suit my adaptation of a Boston area campaign?
Of course whatever the case is I’m already invested in the game at this point having bought the Tabletop Bundle, I can’t wait for it to ship, I’m so excited! I see myself buying the stuff which comes out next as well when it comes out and I kind of wonder if some of the minis from wasteland warfare would be interesting to add as well. My corporation is raising us to $15 an hour come July as well, so I mean I’ll be able to spend some of my money on it, I’m pretty excited to see what comes next.
Like I said I’m not very familiar with the customs and norms in Tabletop, not having as much past experience, so I appreciate any help understanding.