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Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going...
How much use of the works of others is 'fair'?
To a large extent, we have more content to borrow from for our own ideas than ever. There is a proliferation of creative commons content out there for use, and many works entering into the public domain. But everyone wants to see something 'new', not yet another PbtA or Fate Core derivative. But there are some that have a talent for taking ideas and putting a spin on them to make them feel new.
I love the "Acts of Caine" novel by Matthew Stover, and in one of my designs, I borrowed the idea that actors jumping between dimensions to entertain the upper classes. This isn't new to this series- there have been several instances of people having alternate world experiences, from Xanth to the Matrix. However, since I named this as my source, there were a few negative comments to using something else for an idea and it not being fresh and new, even though the actual implementation of the premise was quite different.
How much do you try to steer away from any pre-existing influences in your design? How much do you pre-judge a design based on there being obvious influences in it?
(And if you have any ideas for questions, feel free to shoot them my way, and anyone that you'd like to get added to the list).