FAQ Page2017-08-04T14:09:12+02:00
How do I play online?2017-08-07T12:29:25+02:00
We are looking for people that want to join our team and become responsible for the creation and maintenance of modules for the platform/software of their own choice. Contact us.

Gaia is free to play both online and offline, as well as with paper cards. In order to play online you need to have the appropriate software that enables you to do so. A couple of programs that come to mind in no particular order (* means the software is open source):

  • gCCG*
  • OCTGN*
  • Tabletop Simulator
  • LackeyCCG

Usually the software requires both you and the other player to have it installed, along with the game installed within it, as a module. This also menas that there is normally no cross-software connectivity, both players have to use the same software to be able to meet up online within it. You can easily create a module for the game for your preferred digital solution by using our card database and high resolution images of the cards.

We will officially support one or more of the above solutions and offer the game as a module that can be downloaded and played right away.

There are other solutions also that are unknown to us, so please contact us if you know more ways to play a cardgame legally online, and we will add them to this list.


Can I see an example of a paper card?2017-08-07T12:12:46+02:00
  • Paper cards really do look great if printed/developed properly, and can’t be distinguished by a layman from how commercial closed source games look based on appearance.
  • The below photos depict early prototyping cards.
    • They are unedited high resolution pictures taken of cards that were developed as digital photos by a cheap service online.
    • Image is taken with Canon EOS 5D MKII 50MM, on hand, low light, no flash.
    • Click on the photos to get the original sized image.
    • The cards Smog Elemental and Bomber Corps are not a part of Gaia.li: These cards come form the card game Magic: The gathering (© 1995-2017 Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved) and shown here just as a reference point for size and looks.



May I play it on closed source software?2017-08-07T08:03:04+02:00

Yes, you may play the game on closed source software while the game is distributed as a module for that software and the game still remains clearly open source under the GPL and the terms of the GPL are met. This is no different from using GPL files on for example Microsoft Windows (closed software) inside Adobe Photoshop or Notepad (closed software).

As a software and/or game developer you can’t include the game or parts of it into your project using other licenses. The GPL of the game can’t ever be removed and the game can’t be re-licensed by you. What you may do however is to enable your software so that the game is playable on it, using the GPL.

Where can I get the sources?2017-08-04T14:35:54+02:00

Source material

Download: https://goo.gl/59s5iW


Please notice:

  1. The source material is GPL2 or later unless otherwise stated.
  2. Original work files are shared whenever they exist in a form different from their end result or form.
  3. We update the source download drive with new or modified content when we release such.
  4. We release the sources for what has actually been released to the public, meaning we have a lot more material to add.
Best way to print?2017-08-04T12:12:26+02:00

Check cost & quality

Please do calculated estimates of what you believe a card would cost if you print it yourself using an photo printer with ink or a color laser. In general it is usually just as cheap, if not cheaper, to order the cards as developed paper versions of digital photographies. By using such services online or in local stores you would end up with super nice quality, thick sturdy paper and save some money.

Printing basics:

1. Photo ink: Use only ink photo printers for best high quality result and their original inks. Don’t print on anything else if you want best results. Good photo printers are very cheap today as the company will earn from the ink instead.

2. Photo paper: Use only real photo paper. For example, Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201) 10×15 cm would work great for printing a card at a time on most photo printers that can handle the format. Use whatever brand suits your printer, the one mentioned here isn’t necessarily the best for you.

3. Decide if you want to print one card per (small) paper sheet, or several cards per (larger) sheet. Your total cost may vary depending on this, as may the amount of prep work you put down.

4. Turn off all kinds of color corrections and color modifiers in your OS and printer software/settings before printing.

5. Turn off all types of resizing by the printer settings/OS. Use exact templates instead, made for the dimensions of your selected paper.

6. If you edit the official print sheets with the cards or create your own versions of them: Don’t place cards next to the edge of the paper where the paper ends unless you can print borderless with success. You will usually want to avoid borderless printing for the cards.


Paper cards, really?2017-08-04T12:19:55+02:00

Gaia was designed to be played in real life, with paper cards around a table. All rules and expansions will always be created in such a way that playing it in real life is easy. Nothing in the game has been ported or dumbed down from a digital version to a paper version. We do it the other way around and believe that the world should have a free cardgame game that can exist and play well in paper form. That still enables those that want to play the game digitally to do so.

We will provide PDF:s and PNG:s for printing or developing them cheap as digital photographies. Buying cheap plastic sleeves protects the cards and makes them last. You decide yourself what quality you want, what services to use and how much money to spend.


Is this truly free?2017-07-30T21:11:37+02:00

Yes, it actually is. In the words fullest meaning:

  1. Gratis: Free of charge – we that create the game will never charge you for current or future released content, in paper form or online.
  2. Open Source: Free to change – you are welcome to build upon it, modify and change the game, or fork it and make it into your own.
  3. Libre: Free to copy and spread – give it to anyone.
  4. Design: The team that started all of this set out to create a truly free game. It was always one of the mission goals. We are proud to be one of the first truly free great looking cardgames as a results of the WTactics.org initiative.
  5. No fees: We will never ask you for your name, credit card number or charge you hidden fees in loot box schemes. We will not withhold any functional parts of the game and will never ask you for money to cross made up barriers designed to trick you into buying anything in order for you to be able to play the full game.


Can I use your art?2018-09-29T17:47:33+02:00

Both yes and no:


Yes, you may use our art in accordance with the GPL2 or later license and the conditions stated there. Summed up it means that the project you create from our art or the project that incorporates our art, will also become open source and licensed using the GPL2 or later. That is a great power, and with great power comes great responsibility. If you only use our original artworks (and not the BfW works) you may also/instead use the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

You do not need to ask us or tell us that you are doing it. It is all totally up to you. If you do use it though we would still appreciate a the info from you even if you are not legally obliged to contact us. That way we can feature you in an appropriate place for exposure.


You can’t use our art if you want to include it in anything that is closed source and/or using any other license than what is described above.

May I sell the game?2017-07-30T20:35:25+02:00

Yes, you may create as many copies that you want and give them away or sell them, while you do it in accordance with the GPL2 or later license and the conditions stated there.  Whoever you sell it to is then granted the same rights as you have. You do not need to share your profit with us, ask us or tell us that you are doing it. It is all totally up to you. If you do sell the game though we would still appreciate a the info from you though even if you are not legally obliged to contact us, and if you like the game and want it to continue it’s development small donations from the sales would help the game a lot.

Isn’t printing the cards expensive?2017-08-04T12:15:58+02:00

No, not compared to buying any other pre-printed CCG on the market, no. It will actually be quite cheap and even cheaper than some online card games since:

1) The player knows exactly which cards he/she wants to print, so he/she doesn’t have to pay for random cards or other cards they don’t intend to ever use.

2) Card rarity is not an issue that will push prices upwards on existing cards on a second hand market.

3) Commercial and closed-source CCG:s are purely profit-driven, so they have a constant incentive to keep prices up and devise ways to milk you for as much cash as possible in the long run. We don’t. We give you all the material and you can then decide how and where you give the cards physical life – you choose what photo lab you will use, if you print them at home, school or at somebody’s office. In the end we give you great freedom to acquire the physical cards any way you want, suggesting that costs become what you make of it.

4) In the worst case scenario we could ever imagine and by using really bad numbers we have concluded that the cards could cost you about the same amount as the almost cheapest cards you’d find on the second hand market for the popular commercial and close sourced CCGs out there. But here is the sweet thing: Even if the price of our cards was 2-4 times higher than those, you and your friends would still end up saving fortunes due to what’s mentioned in the previous paragraphs above. Also keep in mind that you can print/develop every card for the exactly the same price per unit (or even lower if you get quantity discounts and do a develop/print order together with other players).

What’s the license?2018-09-29T17:44:21+02:00

In short, you may play the game, duplicate it however you want, spread it freely, and modify it, but whatever you do you must always do it according to the GPL license(s) we use. 

  • All cards in the game are GPL2 or later.
  • All cards that have original artwork created by us are also released using the CC BY-SA 4.0 in addition to the GPL.
  • An important point is that the license is copyleft and self-propagating: However you use the game and/or it’s material the end product will still be licensed under the same licenses as our game, and you may not re-license or use additional licenses.
  • A part of the license requires that a copy of the license is to be included with the game when you spread the game and/or its related material.
  • The above are just two important points from the license, but there are others. You must read the license in order to fully understand your rights and obligations.
  • All art used from Battle for Wesnoth is under GPL2 or later (according to its maintainers rev. from 17 March 2008). For questions about the licensing of the BfW art we kindly ask that you contact the BfW developers, as we have no say in the matter.
  • All original art and assets created for WTactics is under the GPL2 or later and also CC BY-SA 4.0
  • The GPL2 and later and the GPL3 are compatible licenses.
  • In accordance with the license(s) all game related material released under the GPL(s) is available in it’s “preferred format(s)” either from this site, linked, or by personal request to us via e-mail should you not be able to find what you seek.
  • In some cases – not regarding to our own original assets – we are forced to use something that isn’t GPL. When that occurs it will usually be very liberal and open licenses, such as for example the SIL license for font usage. Because of this you must, if you want to use anything that is related to our project, always take a look in the LICENSE/COPYRIGHT/README-file that is often included in any directory or archive that’s containing materials licensed by us or by a third party. These files contains the accurate licensing information for the piece of data which it is associated with.


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How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs

If you develop a new program, and you want it to be of the greatest possible use to the public, the best way to achieve this is to make it free software which everyone can redistribute and change under these terms.

To do so, attach the following notices to the program. It is safest to attach them to the start of each source file to most effectively state the exclusion of warranty; and each file should have at least the “copyright” line and a pointer to where the full notice is found.

    Copyright (C)   

    This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    along with this program.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Also add information on how to contact you by electronic and paper mail.

If the program does terminal interaction, make it output a short notice like this when it starts in an interactive mode:

      Copyright (C)   
    This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `show w'.
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
    under certain conditions; type `show c' for details.

The hypothetical commands `show w’ and `show c’ should show the appropriate parts of the General Public License. Of course, your program’s commands might be different; for a GUI interface, you would use an “about box”.

You should also get your employer (if you work as a programmer) or school, if any, to sign a “copyright disclaimer” for the program, if necessary. For more information on this, and how to apply and follow the GNU GPL, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

The GNU General Public License does not permit incorporating your program into proprietary programs. If your program is a subroutine library, you may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary applications with the library. If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Lesser General Public License instead of this License. But first, please read <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/why-not-lgpl.html>.

How do I play?2017-08-04T10:05:01+02:00

When released the game is played either with real paper cards or online. It is up to you and your friends to decide if you do one of those or both. It is always totally free regardless of what form you choose. You would usually need your deck of cards, an opponent with his/her deck of cards, and either a table or floor to sit on, or a computer with some good software.