It will be all DON'Ts aside from "make original content." And it will be nothing but an expanding list of DON'Ts.
They aren't Intellectual Property Lawyers. They don't know how to read their own EULA. They will err on the side of caution.
This is pretty much it.
But maybe something from Trek canon will help explain things.
I hope you guys know the TOS episode "The Naked Time". Quick overview:
"The Enterprise orbits the planet Psi 2000, a world that was much like Earth in its distant past, tasked to observe the planet's impending disintegration. Commander Spock and Lieutenant Junior Grade Joe Tormolen beam down in environmental suits to a frozen surface laboratory and investigate the horrific deaths of the lab's scientists. "
Nothing for a few decades. Then along gomes TNG and with it the episode "The Naked Now".
And here is where things is very interesting for Foundry Authors. If you know both of these episodes, you know how you can reference one thing and drawing parallels... without having to copy anything AND still being able to tell your own story!
On the bridge, Riker steps out from the turbolift towards Data at the science station. Riker wants some information and enlists the help of Data. He has a vague memory of reading something about a person fully clothed in a shower, relating to La Forge's find on the Tsiolkovsky. Data agrees to help Riker and commences an extensive library computer inquiry for Riker(...)
It is not impossible to have your own story. I trust in all of your being creative individuals who can make your own stories come to life.
Technically Klingonese is a EULA violation on multiple levels (although I haven't seen this pointed out by Cryptic yet).
Nope. Paramount didn't hire Okrand to invent the Klingon language; they hired him to make actors sound Klingon. The language is his own invention, and he allows anybody to use it. Basically they hired him as a translator, not a writer.
I appricate you taking time from your schedule to respond, Wishstone.
Indeed, great moments as those can make an episode with nothing but pure reference. But people do have a point regarding DS9 and the Klothos, is it because DS9 is a location, while the Klothos is a ship? Especially since the Klothos was only mentioned in name (since TAS isn't among the properties).
I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find anyone with a vague interest in Star Trek that wouldn't consider the Enterprise (any of them, really) a character in its own right.
I think you'd be hard pressed to justify that statement without putting Vulcan or DS9 in the same boat.
And then you get into Klingons, in general, as being a character or force of about the same level of magnitude.
And the bizarre thing is... It's not the name we're prohibited from using: We can reference the Enterprise all day long.
It's also not the likeness we're prohibited from using. Unlike with actors (who have separate rights to protect), the various classes of ship used for Enterprise (save the Ambassador) are in the Foundry.
So we can talk about the Enterprise, including inventing new backstory. And we can show an NX, a Connie, an Excelsior, a Galaxy or a Sovereign. So it isn't the look we're barred from using.
The fact is the EULA is a joke to begin with. Read what it actually says. You can't use the first or last names of any actors, directors or producers of Star Trek. Any mission with the name Jonathan, Patrick, William, Rick, Brannon, etc. is in violation. Actually, considering the number of people involved in Star Trek over the years, almost every single mission that's been made is in violation unless they used purely nonsense names because someone with just about every common name has worked on ST in some capacity by this point.
Leviathan99 is right, no matter what you ask, Cryptic will say no. They'll never answer in the affirmative, and their answers are often not even supported by the EULA. By saying no they protect themselves. They only open themselves up to trouble by saying yes.
We've pretty much reached the point now where the whole list of allowed properties has been rendered moot because we're not allowed to use anything from it.
Frankly at this point, I am losing interest in bothering to make anything for the Foundry at all. That's even though I'm not using any of the ships in my mission, or any of the characters. When it gets to the point where you're just worrying whether anything is even allowed, it defeats the whole purpose.