I'd like to start working on a web application that relates to board games and eventually off of it. I'd like to know if there are any data sets out there that will fit this scenario.
Depending on what type (and the structure) of the metadata you're looking for, have you thought of tapping a more general product API from the likes of Google, Amazon, eBay, etc.?
Also: consider contacting the API you found that has terms not to your liking. Perhaps you can create a special arrangement with them.
The Board & Card Games QA site is full of open data about board games.
The whole content is licensed cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required.
Depending on what data you want, you might be interested in their tags too: https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/tags
In particular, they have for each board game:
- a tag name
- a short description of the game
not a strong board gamer, so i can't verify if these titles are "legit"...i recognize a few; a list of free alternatives to classic, well known games:
the only game i looked @ was frozen bubbles, its 100% open source, as they are all advertised, denoted by the "This is Free Software" headline, seen here: