From Wikipedia ( en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit … =219607163 ):
We do not restrict use or private modification of VCMI nor restrict copying or publishing of modified versions (AFAIK ;]). Everything we restrict is access to code of VCMI (but it’s not a very strict restriction, we haven’t refused access to code if somebody admits to have reasonable C++ skills). Since I don’t think VCMI is really a proprietary software. We would probably also restrict distribution of bad, barely modified binaries of VCMI but it seems to be a minor thing.
In what case? There are thousands of programmers who want to contribute only to open-source software and many of them will join VCMI once it gets open-source? Or maybe many C++ programmers visiting our site would significantly contribute to VCMI if only they knew that it’s possible to get our code? And why they cannot simply ask us?
And why nobody wants to criticize creators of WoG who keep Heroes III formats closed when we just want to do same thing?
I’m not fanatic of closed-source programs. I just see good and bad sides of both policies, as probably does Tow. It’s our decision to be closed source and we know that many people would like to see VCMI open. They often seem to blindly belive in open-source and don’t see where are it’s advantages.
If they had our policy of access to code we wouldn’t be struggilng either.