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Mongoose Publishing posted an interesting 'teaser' on their blog today with the news of two licenses they are getting close to signing.

They didn't state what these licenses were but did state that neither was their alledged 'Holy Grail.

One is obviously a previously published game which they are keen to use the games system as a third core engine for some of their future titles (ala the RuneQuest and d20 systems they currently use). Now there are very systems that you could acquire that would actually be of easy use to a multitude of titles. Even fewer of those are probably available to purchase or license. Now I have my idea on what it might be, but the system I have in mind is (as I understand it) in limbo until September time when the holding company is hopefully in a position (legally and time wise) to negotiate a deal regarding it. But I'm eager on hearing what otehr people think it might be?

The other license looks like it's a property of somekind. Possibly TV/Film, possibly novel or comic. Not sure. This is what Matt Sprange wrote of it though "This licence (the one I went down to London for) has been a very, very big favourite for many of the guys here at Mongoose for a very long time. In fact, it is difficult to say just why we did not approach XXX about the licence before now. Anyway, using the RuneQuest system at its core, this will be a very wide ranging licence, covering numerous games/settings and, I think it is fair to say, there will be something for everyone among these books."

So any ideas on what that one could be?

I'm just hoping it's not one that we're going after!!! :p

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samvail
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm, unfortunately, neither sound like they could be anything to do with Dr. Who.

I have no idea!

Sam
angusabranson
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
You'd rate a Who RPG then?
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eryx_uk
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
I had heard that they were going for the Dr Who license. I hope that thats the case.
darransims
Jul. 18th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Mongooses Holy Grail
Could it be this licence?

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Okay I'll get me coat!
morthrai
Jul. 18th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: Mongooses Holy Grail
At least we'd actually be able to get away with shouting Python quotes and not worry about ruining the mood! :P
pond823
Jul. 18th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
Hmmm, lets see, the other missing one. Mongoose has 2 (Fantasy, Scifi) of the big four genres (Fantasy, Scifi, Horror and Super Heroes). Super Heroes. Super Heroes. Heroes.

As for the big one, my money is on Doctor Who too.
angusabranson
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
Could be a supers license but there are only two of those REALLY worth having. Okay, three if you count HEROES I guess.

I know the company which has one of them and the other two are (as far as I'm aware) currently unlicensed.

Wish I had enough money to put a pitch in for one of those. I love supers :P
exmoor_cat
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
Simpsons RPG?
pond823
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
Family Guy RPG?
mytholder
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Futurama, though, would work well as a game.
corone
Jul. 18th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
I remember one of the Mongoose guys talking about Harry Potter as the 'Holy Grail'.
But J.K. Rowling was famously not keen on the idea.
Maybe with the last book done she has changed her mind.

I'd possibly put money on one of them being 'The Matrix'
tricky to pull off as an RPG but do-able.
mr_rakshasa
Jul. 18th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
I dunno - The Matrix's time has been and gone, really. It would be a bit like getting the license for a Pixar film - really aggressively pushed until the next one comes along, then it's the bargain bin.
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timgray
Jul. 18th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
Ooh, a puzzle. My first thought was that the "licence to thrill" title indicated James Bond, but then they muddied it up by talking about how it will spread out into lots of different games/settings. It's a bit hard to see how a licenced property could do that. Unless, as suggested, they're licensing the spawning pits of Russell T Davies' head. That'd be 3 series to start with. Torchwood would probably work much better as a game than it has on TV, and could add the much-requested bisexuality rules to Runequest... But I'm far from convinced that this fits the bill.

The more systemy one... something that has a good fanbase, strong history, has been languishing a while, can be turned into an adaptable modern game, has a strong asociated setting. I have no idea. It'd have to be different from Runequest, but I'd guess similarly crunchy/detailed. Only thing that came to mind was taking over Silhouette, but I don't think that's it. Maybe some of the old GoO stuff, like BESM?
mr_rakshasa
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
BESM's been languishing? I think "languishing" implies a longer-term thing.

Heck, is Cyberpunk in print at the moment? That's something with a fanbase of 80s grumps.
As for License to Thrill - maybe they've widened their 2000 AD license? Borag Thungg!
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snesgirl
Jul. 18th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
so does this mean a HP rpg will never see the light of day?
didn't people say that a LOTR RPG wouldn't ever happen either?

I mean LOTR, DUNE, CONAN, they've all been done. What other literary classics ( which would actually make a decent game), are there?

Ipersonally would loive to see a Phillip K Dick one done (preferealby total recall), but I think that if that happens it'll be a sign of the rapidly approaching apoolcalypse!
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