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For those of you interested in using Hero Lab in conjunction with publishing your own content, you've come to the right place. The sections below outline all of the supplemental details associated with publishing Hero Lab data files and/or output with your own content. All of the rules set forth within the official Hero Lab license agreement apply, with the information below intended to augment and/or clarify the license. For a copy of the official Hero Lab license agreement included with the product, please see here and search for the text "notice" to jump to the relevant paragraphs.


  1. Registration/Notification
  2. Hero Lab Promotional Logo
  3. Legal Text
  4. FAQ
  5. Distributing Data Files Through Hero Lab
  6. Data File Distribution Guidelines


Anyone who plans to formally publish Hero Lab data files and/or output in conjunction with your own RPG content must register with us. There is no cost associated with this process. All we essentially require is that you notify us about each product being released and provide us with full contact information associated with that product. This way, if a problem arises, we have the means to contact you appropriately to work things out. Unless a problem arises, you'll probably never here from us.

Please fill out the form below for each product you release that incorporates Hero Lab output and/or includes associated Hero Lab data files. Fields marked with an '*' are required.

Enter the Product and Contact Information

* Product Name:

* Product Type:

  (Print, PDF, Website, etc.)

* Release Date:


* Game System:

* Product Website:

* Publisher Name:

* Contact Name:

Contact Title:

* Address:


* City:

* State/Region:

* Country:

* Zip/Postal Code:

* Email Address:

* Phone Number:

As specified in the Hero Lab license agreement, all published use of Hero Lab output must include the appropriate legal text and the official Hero Lab logo on the output in their standard locations. In addition to this requirement, the Hero Lab Promotional Logo shown below must be incorporated appropriately. Beneath the logo are links to download the logo for incorporation into your product. Please use the version that is most suitable to your product.

High resolution version for use in print

Low resolution version for on-screen use

Any content published in either electronic or printed form must include the Hero Lab Promotional Logo in a prominent location on either the front or back of the product. The logo must be clearly legible on the product, but the size and placement may be freely adjusted to adapt to each product. If the product is only published for viewing on a website, the Hero Lab Promotional Logo must be placed on the initial web page for the product in a clearly visible location.

Legal Text

There are two pieces of legal text that must appear with all Hero Lab output. The first is the proper Hero Lab legal text and the second is the legal text corresponding to the particular game system. Each of these various pieces of legal text is provided below for you to simply copy and paste, as necessary.

  • Hero Lab

    Hero Lab® and the Hero Lab logo are Registered Trademarks of LWD Technology, Inc. Free download at http://www.wolflair.com

  • Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

    Pathfinder® and associated marks and logos are trademarks of Paizo Inc.®, and are used under license.

  • Shadowrun

    ©2005-2011 The Topps Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Shadowrun and The Topps Company are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of The Topps Company, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Catalyst Game Labs is the trademark of InMediaRes Productions, LLC.

  • Mutants and Masterminds 2nd Edition

    Mutants & Masterminds, Second Edition is ©2005-2011 Green Ronin Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Mutants and Masterminds 3rd Edition

    Mutants & Masterminds, Third Edition is ©2010-2011 Green Ronin Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • d20 System

    Contents copyright Wizards of the Coast, Inc. 'd20 System' is a trademark of Wizard of the Coast, Inc. and is used with permission.

  • Call of Cthulhu

    Call of Cthulhu is a registered trademark of Chaosium, Inc.

  • World of Darkness

    Contents copyright © 2007-2011 CCP hf. World of Darkness and Vampire: the Requiem are registered trademarks of CCP hf. All rights reserved.

  • D&D 4th Edition

    Dungeons & Dragons and all other Wizards of the Coast product names are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast. ©2008-2011 Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

  • Savage Worlds

    Savage Worlds and all associated logos and trademarks are copyrights of Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Used with permission.

  • Spirit of the Century

    Spirit of the Century © 2006 by Evil Hat Productions, LLC. Spirit of the Century is a trademark of Evil Hat Productions, LLC.


The following is an assortment of frequently asked questions regarding the use use of Hero Lab output and/or data files, along with the corresponding answers. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at technical support.

  • Q: What is the cost of publishing with Hero Lab?

    Publishing with Hero Lab is completely free. All we require is that you let us know what you're publishing and that you include all the proper legal attributions.

  • Q: What can I include in the Hero Lab output and/or data files I distribute?

    You can include any material for which you possess the necessary rights. Some material is able to be freely used, such as content published under the OGL, while other material may not, such as images and content designated as Product Identity. You alone are responsible for ensuring that you avoid utilizing material owned by someone else without first securing the necessary permissions to do so. If you are unsure, contact the publisher of the content you wish to utilize.

  • Q: What if I'm publishing content for free?

    All of the rules governing the use of Hero Lab in conjunction with publishing RPG content always apply, regardless of whether the content is published for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

  • Q: What if I'm just posting material on my website?

    If you are simply posting isolated characters created with Hero Lab, use of the Hero Lab Promotional Logo and the corresponding registration is not required. However, the requirements still apply that the standard Hero Lab legal text and logo be included, just as they are included in all product output. If you begin posting large collections of characters and/or substantial content to accompany the posted characters, you may find yourself in a situation where use of the Hero Lab Promotional Logo is required.

  • Q: What if I'm posting material on public forums?

    If you are simply posting individual characters created with Hero Lab, use of the Hero Lab Promotional Logo and the corresponding registration is not required. As above, the requirements still apply that the standard Hero Lab legal text and logo be included, just as they are included in all product output.

  • Q: What if I publish multiple different projects?

    Each separate project must be separately registered. This ensures that we can readily identify who to contact for any specific project in the case where a problem arises. If you plan to publish a large number of projects, please contact us directly to discuss alternative methods.

  • Q: What about the use of statblocks?

    Statblocks do not include the product logo, but they do include the legal text at the bottom. When using statblocks, the legal text must remain in place and appear with the statblock. This applies to all uses of statblock output, whether or not registration and use of the Hero Lab Promotional Logo is also required.

  • Q: What are the requirements if I develop my own custom output?

    All custom output is required to incorporate the Hero Lab logo and legal text in the same manner as used within the standard output. If you develop custom character sheets, the product logo must be incorporated in a similar manner, although the exact placement may be changed, and the legal text must appear at the bottom. If you develop custom statblock output, or similar summary output, the legal text must appear at the bottom.

  • Q: Why are all the legal attributions required?

    We are legally required to protect the trademarks and other intellectual property of both ourselves and the companies for which we develop data files under license. As part of that effort, we are required to ensure that all the appropriate legal attributions are properly included in output generated by the product. This extends to all output that may be modified outside of the product, hence the need for these requirements.

  • Q: Can I put my data files in the Hero Lab updates list?

    Yes, as long as they adhere to some basic guidelines. See below for details.

Distributing Data Files Through Hero Lab

If you're planning to publish Hero Lab data files for your content, those files can also be made available via the Hero Lab updates mechanism. This allows users to discover your content more easily, as it's listed with the other games and updates for Hero Lab.

Please contact us if you want to distribute your data files through Hero Lab in this way. Please note that it may take some time for your data files to be added to the updates list, as some review from our staff is required. Here's a summary of the process we go through before a new set of data files is added to the list:

  1. You contact us to let us know that you'd like to make your data files accessible through Hero Lab.
  2. You use HLExport to bundle up your data files and make them available to us on your web site or through email, and let us know that the files are ready for review. (Please note that your own web hosting must be used - we do not provide hosting for third-party data files.)
  3. We review your data files to make sure they meet our requirements. For example, we make sure that the files won't cause errors or conflicts when loaded into Hero Lab by users. If problems are found, we inform you and ask you to resubmit the files when the issues are corrected. (See the guidelines section, below.)
  4. Once the data files are ready, we give you an entry in the Hero Lab updates list, and you release them to users. If changes are required in the future, you can make and release them without our intervention.

Data File Distribution Guidelines

We want to make the Hero Lab experience as good as possible for our users, so we require that data files we distribute comply with certain guidelines.

  1. Your data files shouldn't change between versions in a way that causes users saved portfolios to change. For example, don't include a feat in version 1.2 and delete it, or change its unique id, in version 1.3 - any hero who chose that feat would cause an error when loaded.
  2. Be careful when creating data files that rely on content from non-core books, such as the Advanced Player's Guide or Ultimate Magic. Doing so will impede their functioning for users who don't have the packages for those non-core books. If you need to do this, please check with us by email beforehand so we can make sure that relying on content from other supplements doesn't cause problems.

    You can test your data files with only the core content by checking the "Skip Supplement Packages" menu item under the Develop menu in Hero Lab. Once you've ensured that your data files play nicely with the core data, you can uncheck the menu item and return the game system to normal.

  3. Your data files shouldn't replace content from the core game system. For example, if the Fighter class is slightly different in your world, create a copy of the fighter named "Yourworld Fighter". Players can then select that or the normal Fighter to use.
  4. Your data files shouldn't rely on content from other third-party files being present. Doing so will make them not work for users that don't have that content.
  5. Your data files shouldn't include files that are included in the core download for that game system, or files included in other third-party content (even your own). Doing so could have unexpected, and probably bad, results. Each download should be completely self-contained.
  6. Your data files must only include material for which you possess the necessary rights. In general, this means only the material you've created yourself. Any content you do not create yourself requires that you first secure the necessary permissions to distribute, whether it be game material, images, or anything else. If you are unsure whether you have the rights to material you have not created yourself, contact the publisher of that content to make sure.
  7. Your data files shouldn't cause errors to be reported to the user during compilation or normal use.
  8. Make sure to tag everything in your data files with the appropriate source(s) for your game system, so that users can tell which items are from your custom content and which are from the game system itself.
  9. When you create the export file for your game system, you must specify a consistent third-party id, name and version in HLExport. Changing these (or changing the version incorrectly) will confuse users, so it's to be avoided.
  10. You should provide an email address that we can forward problems reported by users to. This will generally be the email address of whoever contacts us to get the content added to the updates mechanism, but could be someone else (for example, if you have a different person maintaining the data files).

Your adherence to these guidelines is appreciated. Please note that we require any data files distributed through Hero Lab to continue to meet these standards. We reserve the right to ask you to make fixes or corrections to your data files, and failure to do so may result in them being suspended from the updates mechanism.