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RPG Licenses

Last August I ran a thread regarding the so-called Mongoose "Holy Grail" of RPGs that they ahd been talking about. Well, to date, no big announcement has been made from them and certainly none of the games they've brought out or announced really meet the claim. The Eternal Champion License is nice (Hawkmoon, Elric, etc), Runequest Glorantha is also nice and Lankhmar is good albeit a bit old these days.

So, was it all hyperboil on the Mongoose part or are they still keeping their latest capture close to their chest? Or maybe still in negotiations to try and capture it? Who knows, not I for sure.

But I was thinking back on the License/Holy Grail issue. From the list I originally ran down I've stripped off the titles that are currently known to be in development by companies or whose license are still owned by companies and left the remaining biggies for the poll below.

So which of the below would you like to see (on a scale of 1 to 10 - 1 being you're not interested in it or don't think it'll sell whereas 10 being "Wow! Must Buy Now!" or reckoning it'd be a big hit). Please fill in any other license ideas in the space provided or as a comment.

Poll #945049 RPG Licenses

Doctor Who RPG

Mean: 6.36 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.54
1
5(8.9%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
3(5.4%)
4
4(7.1%)
5
6(10.7%)
6
8(14.3%)
7
10(17.9%)
8
9(16.1%)
9
4(7.1%)
10
7(12.5%)

Torchwood RPG

Mean: 4.82 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.63
1
7(12.5%)
2
5(8.9%)
3
9(16.1%)
4
6(10.7%)
5
7(12.5%)
6
7(12.5%)
7
3(5.4%)
8
7(12.5%)
9
2(3.6%)
10
3(5.4%)

His Dark Materials RPG

Mean: 4.76 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.76
1
11(20.0%)
2
4(7.3%)
3
4(7.3%)
4
6(10.9%)
5
6(10.9%)
6
10(18.2%)
7
4(7.3%)
8
5(9.1%)
9
1(1.8%)
10
4(7.3%)

Harry Potter RPG

Mean: 5.43 Median: 6 Std. Dev 3.30
1
12(21.4%)
2
4(7.1%)
3
3(5.4%)
4
5(8.9%)
5
1(1.8%)
6
8(14.3%)
7
6(10.7%)
8
4(7.1%)
9
2(3.6%)
10
11(19.6%)

What Other License Would You Like To See?

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
mr_rakshasa
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Haha Torchwood no.
angusabranson
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Not a fan then I take it :p
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nesf
Mar. 12th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I spent a few seconds working out what exactly was hyperbolic about Mongoose before my head re-adjusted for the typo.
pond823
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Worlds that go to TV before getting the RPG treatment always suck in my opinion. Having other people visualise for you destroys an awful lot of the mystery and wonder, while the imagination always gets dumbed down for the lowest common denominator people.

Personally none of these strike me as Holy Grails, but from Mongooses' point of view Harry Potter is the only one that strikes me as describable in that way.
silver_blue
Mar. 12th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Pretty much a Holy Grail for any RPG publisher I would think. Certainly your best way of developing a brand new market of 12 year olds.

Advantage of Dr Who and Torchwood RPGs is that alien incursions to Earth wouldn't always have to be in Cardiff.
mrmmarc
Mar. 12th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
NO ONE will ever do a Harry Potter RPG- why?
'Cos she said after the next book there will NEVER be a Harry Potter story- not one in print and not one folks can play.

Personally I think she is gonna kill off Harry myself.
Still, I have a long standing theory as to how the material CAN be an RPG and that little fat boy would sell like Vegatarian Jesus biscuits at a convention of non-meat eating Christians! I think it is to this that they are referring...

His Dark Materials is the one best suited for RPG- infinite worlds, each slightly differant, God, angels, deamons, small children...

Torchwood would work better than Dr. Who. (adopts Cardiff drawl)
Kinda like Cathulu... but with more shaggin'!

:)

Maybe its Primeval they are on about?
(laughs merrily)
cthulahoops
Mar. 12th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
I was discussing this recently, and I'm not sure I can name a single role-playing game based on a license that has much going for it. Well, maybe one: Star Wars has appeared in various incarnations and seemed to get a fair amount of play.

Successful rpgs seem to be pretty universally based on genres rather than specific licenses.

That's how it seems to me anyway.
pwca
Mar. 12th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Torchwood?
I do not need a Torchwood RPG. I have Cold City. If Torchwood is not a series wherein trust between the team members is not a given, then I do not know what it is... (Well, I do, but let me not meander).
goldmoonrj
Mar. 13th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
Torchwood might not be a new concept, but it fits the bill for a group roleplaying game - detective work, supernatural elements, and other Torchwood agencies spread around the UK (maybe even the world). I don't think Doctor Who works better than that as the players will never be the main character of the story.

Harry Potter is definitely the biggest franchise, with a massive fanbase all over the world and easily recognisable - it's a bloody piece of cake to sell it. I think any HP roleplaying game would have to concentrate on those mages outside the school sphere; requiring the players to be teenage wizards-in-training would limit the scope of the game.

As said before, His Dark Materials is the concept that best lends itself to the creation of a new gaming world, and the possibilities are endless. It mixes sci-fi and fantasy in a clever way and will soon become a Hollywood blockbuster trilogy, which means it could potentially become the new Lord of the Rings in terms of media exposure. Sounds like a winner to me.
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