As a group of friends we started coding a computer game based on a board game called
A (insert a board game, like monopoly). There are already digital forms of the game around made by the original owners (like hasbro). Are we legally allowed to sell (or giveaway, since we don't know if we actually want to sell it or release it as a free game) copies of our game which basically has the same rules/mechanics of the board game it is based on. If we can, what do we need to look out for when releasing the game?
I heard names are subject to copyright/trademark, that means if we name our game
A the Digital Version we'll get in trouble. We want to know what not to do when releasing our implementation of the game.
Why we are asking if this is copyright infringement is because we are only "copying" the rules/mechanics of the game, while all the art/music/code are done by us. Does this count as transformative? Is this allowed? If simply "copying" the mechanics do not count as transformative, is adding or removing to/from the said mechanics count?