Please note that how many hitpoints a character has or how much damage a sword does is not a violation of copyright. Please note that Title 17 of the United States Code states:

Furthermore, the following bulleted items are a few statements issued by the U.S. Copyright Office:

But couldn't the game rules be patented? Let's look at what can be patented.

As good as defining the word "process" as meaning "a process" is, let's get a little clearer definition of what it means. The following is taken from Black's Law Dictionary 9th Edition:

It would appear that the publication of the game rules/mechanics would not encroach or threaten a company's legal rights.

As always, please consult with a licensed attorney before proceeding in any questionable activity or legal matter. The information expressed here is not legal advice and should not be taken as such. For further information please visit the official website of the U.S. Copyright Office.

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