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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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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!

Jul. 17th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
You'd rate a Who RPG then?
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
I would, certainly.
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Another man with possible insider knowledge. I'm dying to tie you up and torture you with celery for the answers you know :p
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm making enquiries, but I don't know that one. (I know the second one.)
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I could take a good guess at the second one too. Could be a million miles off mark though.
Jul. 18th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Yep, certainly would. I think it's a real possibility for the near future as well. Possibly even the Holy Grail they keep talking about.

Wouldn't be the one that Cubicle 7 are after, would it?
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
I can't see Doctor Who being the Holy Grail. It's a very good license but I wouldn't put it on top of everything else.

Persoanlly, I'd love to have the Doctor Who and Torchwood licenses. I think they'd both make excellent games.
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)

Love to see a game set in the Whoniverse, but certainly not d20 based!!

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.
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!
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
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.
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
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
Simpsons RPG?
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
Family Guy RPG?
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Futurama, though, would work well as a game.
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.
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.
Jul. 18th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
I agree. I don't think The Matrix is a worthwhile license these days. There are other properties out that - older and newer - that would make far better RPGs and campaign settings than The Matrix.
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
Something I find interesting - one of the licenses which I would consider to be quite worthless under most circumstances as an RPG would be "LOST". However, if done right it could be a brilliant game - an emphasis placed on survival, making use of what you have, and a sense of mystery and adventure. There's no need to be crippled by the show's pacing and scheduling, no need to paw out the mystery any more than you have to, and with things like an entirely random character generation system, an incredibly unforgiving combat system, and a novel experience system it could be brilliant.
But it would most probably suck, and LOST's star is on the wane anyhow. Current media profile is a lot more important now than it used to be, back when I were a nipper and Star Wars got a few weeks in the cinema every summer whether it was new or not.

Further: Battlestar Galactica will probably work if the RPG isn't aggressively wedded to the show's continuity but follows the same themes. Then again, I find that the case with all licensed RPGs - some people like the PCs dealing with OMG THE PEOPLE FROM THE SHOW/MOVIE/BOOK, but I think it's sort of cheap and naff.
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?
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!
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Cyberpunk 3rd Edition was released last year. So far they have produced supplements for it. The Flashpak and a Gang Book.

It is certainly a very undersupported gameline though.

BESM and the Tri-Stat system are currently in limbo. WW released the BESM 3rd Edition earlier this year (or late last year?) but that is out of print and WW apparently have no current plans to support it further.

A widening of the 2000AD license is probably not worth Mongoose's time anymore. Sadly their are bigger fish in that sea and whilst Judge Dredd and Slaine did alright I think they suited Mongoose at the time in the companies progression and certainly helped them acquire otehr licenses (such as Babylon 5) but I don't know how beneficial expanding into the other - lesser well known - aspects of 200ADwould be for them.
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
I know 2000 AD would be a waste of time developing - heck, ABC Warriors couldn't sell a choose-your-own-adventure magazine in the 80s. I just automatically associate the word "thrill" with Tharg.
Cyberpunk's been updated? Really? But it's not 1991!
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
The thing with Traveller is it's had so many different systems and from the announcement it sounds like they're looking at enhancing the system as much as the IP it's currently attached to.
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
And I think there's at least one outfit producing for one of those editions, and a new one in the pipeline.
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Steve Jackson are doing Gurps Traveller (albeit in a much more limiited capacity these days), QLI is doing Travelelr d20, Far Future Entertprises has been reprinting the original Traveller books and is (I believe) going to be doing some of the other old GDW Traveller setting reprints too.

I'd also heard of someone planning on redoing Traveller New Era or something.

And of course you have BITS who produce support material for the game.

Traveller is indeed a well supported system, even if it's not so high profile these days.
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Traveller could use a new system. Seriously - did you ever try and fly a starship in the New Era? Or even produce stats for one? It was enough to make a man weep.
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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