August 4th, 2007

Monkey!

(RPG) Mongoose's New License: Traveller

Mongoose Publishing announced one of their new licenses today. They are doing a brand new edition of Classic Traveller and also making the revised system OGL for other publishers.

They also announced two otehr games that will be coming out early next year which will also utilise the Traveller rules set. These are a brand new edition of Starship Troopers and the 2000AD property Strontium Dog.

Full Press Release Here

I'm glad the license is Traveller (as it's not one we ever considered trying to get) but there are a couple of things that really annoy me about their press release as they are factually incorrect. Companies should try and make sure that the Press Releases are accurate or at least get soemone who knows about the industry to write them on their behalf.

The two points which annoy me are the following:

**After a near 10-year gap in which only reprints of the Traveller game system have been available** - apart from the GURPS Traveller material, the T20 (d20) Traveller material and the material BITS have been bringing out I guess? Traveller has been supported with new material from a  variety of companies in the last 10 years over and above the compilation reprints that Far Future Enterprises have been bringing out themselves!

**It is our aim to halt the fragmentation of the Traveller game, and reintroduce one solid system (based on Classic Traveller), with one source for the official Traveller universe.** - Now this has actually annoyed me a lot less upon another reading. Initially I read it along the lines of  "We are the only true source and only true system". But upon re-reading it I see that this is their statement of intent not a statement of reality. I say this because QLI (the company behind T20) have already come out and stated that this new license in no way alters their own license and they are going to continue publishing Traveller books using the T20 system. I haven't heard anything from the GURPS crew yet but I suspect a similiar statement will probably be forthcoming regarding the continuation of GURPS Traveller (albeit they generally only produce PDF books these days but still...).

So it's Mongoose's *aim*. I can live with that one :p

Anyway, congratulations to the Mongoose guys and gals. I look forward with interest to see what happens with the line.

On a related note, can anyone tell me any company (beyond OWC and Sceaptune Games) that have published print OGL Runequest books so far? Or anyone know how the RQ OGL has penetrated the PDF market?

Manga Me

Christian Action Figures, Video Games and Sex Toys

I know it's not supposed to be funny. I know the first two stories are actually quite horrendous in many ways.

But I couldn't help but be amused at all three of these stories.

Faith Based Toys To Hit US Stores (BBC News Online; Monday 30th July 2007)

Christian Video Game Draws Anger (BBC News Online; Thursday 14th December 2006)

Christian Pair's Sex Shop Website (BBC News Online; Thursday 13th April 2006) (It's called Wholly Love :p)

Anyway, enough to this silly surfing! I have things to do today. Catch you all laters! :)
Drawn Together

Top of the World...

Feeling on top of the world is a dangerous situation. It means that you;re in for a fall sooner or later where you won't be feeling so invulnerable.

Today, in fact most of this week, I've been on an almost continous high.

I've had some great days and evenings with friends over the last ten days. Kicking off with the Pitch a couple fo Thursdays ago, through The Simpsons movie , various pub trips with friends, DVDs with friends, and last nights clubbing expedition into Camden.

Plus the weather - and the skies colour both today (brilliant blue) and last night at sunset (a fantastic myriad of colours from pink, orange, blue and grey) - has really helped.

I really enjoyed last night and it's certainly got my interest in clubbing fired up again. I had a great time with a whole bunch of friends I hadn't seen in ages - even if we ended up chatting about SLA, Cyberpunk, The Camarilla or general RPGing for much of the night :p

I also love the non-smoking ban. Being able to hang outside in the warm summer night is so much more social than beign trapped inside a club having to shout half-heard conversations at one another!

Plus I've had a bit of very good, but rather unexpected, news come through which has made me grin quite horrendously!

I am really fighting the urge to go into Camden drinking and socialising for the rest of the day. The weather is SO good atm and I do really feel on top of the world. I should make the most of this I think!

Tomorrow night is The Cruxshadows/Screaming Banshee Aircrew gig in Camden, next week is more friends and GenCon preparation followed the week after by the big event itself!

I can't wait. Hope this life keeps rolling in the right direction - I feel so brimmed with energy I feel I could dance the night away (although getting to the gym or going swimming would be good alternatives :p).

Thank you to everyone whose been part of my life this week. I really do love you all :)
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