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Following on from various conversations recently - both online in forums and mailing lists and offline in general conversations - what licenses would you most like to see turned into RPGs?

The top 5 you'd like to see from Books, Films, TV shows, computer games or other medium (such as comics - although with comics it's largely the 'universe setting' such as Marvel as opposed to individual comic lines like the X-Men or Spiderman). Top 5 ultimate or top 5 in each category. The more discussion and ideas the merrier :)

Also, what old games (RPG, Board or Card) would you love to see back on the market again...?

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w00hoo
May. 20th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
1 - Ultraviolet, the TV series not the film.
2 - Supernatural (although I think this might be happening...)
3 - Larry Nivens 'Known Space', (I know there was the Ringworld game but I'm thinking more of the Pearsons Puppeteers / Beowulf Shaeffer era, not that I ever had the Ringworld game.)
4 - P.J. MacAuleys 'Fairyland' (good cyberpunk without the hitch of deckers that Gibsons would have)
5 - Back to the Future - {'Cause I needed a 5th one and the causational time travel could be fun to play around with...)
timgray
May. 20th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember Margaret Weis' company was doing Supernatural.
samvail
May. 20th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
My top 5 RPG wishlist
1) Strontium Dog (Although I believe Mongoose will be converting it into Traveller)
2) Torchwood, nuff said.
3) China Mieville's story Universe (Again, I believe that's already in the works)
4) Lord of the Rings (Been done, like to see it done right)
5) Heroes the TV show

Sam
natural20
May. 20th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ok, I don't think I have the time for twenty-five, so...

Ultimate Top 5

The Boys - Dyamite Comics
The Negotiator Series - CE Murphy
Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
Biggles - W. E. Johns
Saga of the Exiles/Intervention - Julian May

Old games... no idea right now, requires more thinking.
matt_m_mcelroy
May. 20th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Good for the "industry" ideas for the sales and cross marketing potential:

Halo
Final Fantasy (X & X-2)
Harry Potter
Anita Blake
Naruto

These in particular have tons of fans and with some good marketing could bring a lot of cash into the industry.

Personal "want list" ideas for games I'd like to play (or write):

Stephen King's Dark Tower
David Wellington's 13 Bullets
Tad Williams' Shadowmarch
X-Files
Roswell

Some of these would probably sell really well too.
karohemd
May. 20th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I second Dark Tower, specifically, set in Roland's world (with options to play in various time periods). Many possibilities for characters, from aristocracy/gunslingers to slow mutants.
Tie-ins with Eyes of the Dragon and Talisman optional.

Have you been reading the Marvel comics?
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thebitterguy
May. 20th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
X-Files
Kolchak, the Night Stalker
the A-Team
James Bond
Get Smart.

I want the last two to use the same system.
paulofcthulhu
May. 20th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
1) More Call of Cthulhu
2) Dune
3) True Dark Ages/Beowulf/Viking
4) Trumpton/Camberwick Green/Mr. Ben
5) Sandman
angusabranson
May. 22nd, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Paul - can you give me quick ring at work tomorrow if you get a chance?
Cheers :)
jkahane
May. 20th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Personally, my preferences for an RPG would be as follows:

1. A Barsoom RPG based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs books that uses a set of mechanics that won't interfere with playing in the world and the roleplaying elements of the game.

2. His Dark Materials - RPG based on the books by Phlip Pullman.

3. Ringworld - An RPG based on Niven's book that uses a streamlined series that provides what one needs without interfering with the science and roleplaying aspects, and that would be expandable for the entire Known Space universe.

4. Ultraviolet (the UK tv series, not the movie).

5. Neverwhere - a decent RPOG based on the ideas and the world created by Neil Gaiman.


3.
dan_g
May. 20th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
oooo. Good question.

1. Heroes.
2. the ICON Star Trek game from a few years back back in print
(no curse of the Star Trek RPG)
3. Talisman 2nd Edition
(along with a few others from the mid 80's GW Board Games collection...)
4. Definitely a good 'boys own' style RPG, ranging from Western, Gangster, Pulp Sci-Fi and WWII (probably based around the old CoC percentile system...
5. Serenity RPG to get just a little more support...

Although I like thebitterguy's suggestion of an A-Team game and would raise it to A-Team/Street Hawk/Knight Rider/Airwolf/Manimal/Automan/Blue Thunder basically a cheesy 80's TV show format game... Which would probably fall somewhere between the high action Feng Shui and cheesy comedy from Tales of the Floating Vagabond...
dan_g
May. 20th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I would absolutely love a Discworld setting, but lets face it, unless your GM happens to be Terry Pratchett you would only end up with the books rehashed and half the comedy...
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doccross
May. 20th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
RPG wish list...

Doc Savage and The Shadow
The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs
X Files
Harry Potter
James Bond

One card game I'd like to see revived and expanded upon is Dark Cults. It was a great little storytelling card game.
heliograph
May. 20th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Back in the closing years of the 20th century I looked into the licenses for all of these:

Doc Savage and The Shadow

Owned by Conde Naste and surprisingly expensive. I think it would be very, very tough to actually make money on a licensed version. Now that the books are back in print they might have a better idea of what it is really worth, but in terms of money I think they were thinking "video game" not "tabletop role playing game."

The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Disney owned all the game rights. I slowly backed away. GMS and Adamant Entertainment got Cease-and-Desisted over a Barsoom knockoff not too long ago: who threatened them would be a good indication of who currently owns the rights.
bloodshadows
May. 20th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
1. DC Universe
2. Halo
3. The Matrix
4. Highlander
5. The return of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
mytholder
May. 20th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
1. Halo
2. Mythago Wood
3. The Laundry
4. Perdido St./Bas-Lag
5. Dune
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(Anonymous)
May. 20th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
X files
Neverwhere
Sandman
Twin Peaks
Dune
Metropolis

Oops, that is 6. Never mind.
hrafen
May. 20th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
X Files
Twin Peaks
Neverwhere
30 Days of Night
Sandman
Dune
hareb_sarap
May. 20th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Dune
Twin Peaks
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