As some of you may know, I recently got the approval of my department (tentatively) to work on a dissertation proposal for research into the possible clinical utility of ttrpgs (clinical psychology field, specifically). However, because of the nature of research (replicability, availability of information, need for detailed procedures/methods) I have been informed that if I undertake this project any ruleset used must be (A) small enough a colleague can read and understand it fairly quickly, and (B) can legally be included as an appendix if the results of the dissertation are accepted for publishing in a peer-reviewed journal(s).
Now I’m a homebrewer and a hacker, but I’ve never done anything more ambitious with it than throwing together something for my own gaming table. I know we’ve got a lot of lumpy heads here who live the homebrew lifestyle, and I thought I’d ask here for advice.
Where would you start if you needed to throw together an abbreviated system (rules light comes to mind) that could incorporate some of your favorite bits and bobs of gaming without experiencing too much page bloat? My committee is pretty hopeful I can keep it under 10 pages, but that’s a soft cap.
Where should I be digging around to make sure I’m properly educated on what I can and can’t include when it comes to publishing it? For example, I’ve never really sought to monetize any content (and am not seeking to do so now) so I’ve never really paid attention to the nuances of what things like open game license allow creators to do without WoTC beating them with a stick.
If anyone has time to help point me in a useful direction I’d appreciate any guidance. Feel free to DM me on discord if you wanna chat at all.
Thanks for your time,