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There are great licenses, there are good licenses, there are bad licenses and then there are licenses that YOU REALLY WANT!

When a license YOU REALLY WANT suddenly and unexpectedly comes into the equasion I've discovered you get quite distracted with the possibility and want to go back and watch the films/read the book/watch the TV series/read the comic (delete as applicable).

It also brings a big smile to your face.

Of course it actually means nothing because just coming into the equasion means diddly squat. It all means diddly squat until the ink has dried on the dotted lines - and that's a long way off even if both parties talk and it falls into the 'affordable' category. Plus we have lots to be keeping ourselves busy with anyway.

Talking of which, I have to really find out if our BIG announcement is taking place next week or not... :p


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Aug. 7th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
The Klangers?
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)

Actually... there was a Trumpton game run at Continuum last weekend.
Aug. 8th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
"Clangers". Philistine.

Aug. 8th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
You got me fair and square Mr Tim Gray. I'm impressed that it mattered enough to you that you had to put it right. I have no excuse. I failed.
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Clangers is importants!

And heavy sarcasm when talking about them seems kind of like missing the point... Here, have some soup.
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)

That was 100% genuine.

I'm sorry if that sounded sarcastic.

I was actually really pleased to get corrected about something good. Normally you just get idiots saying "How so?" and crap like that. I did get it wrong, and even remember thinking about the Klaxons as I typed it, which proves how wrong I was. I was just happy that someone cared about the Clangers enough to point it out.

Thank you for the soup.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Teletubbies LARP?

Aug. 7th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Teletubbies is just *so* last decade. These days its "In The Night Garden"
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yes. In the Night Garden is what's "in" these days.

Of course, I've seen nearly every episode.

Help me.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)

Aug. 7th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
See, I could see that working...
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
I've no idea what it actually is. I only know it because our BBC liason has it in his sig and when I asked someone they said it was by the same creators at the Teletubbies. Plus the Licensing mag I get every month claims that Who and Night Garden are the 'big two' licenses for the BBC.
Not having kids nor being at home during the day (or watching much TV anyway) means it's sort of passed me by.
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
We have toys and DVD's. Derek Jacobi is in it. Noel Gallagher watches it. It's got Pontypines and a Ninky Nonk. There are lot's of strange things about it... like the Wattingers, who occupy half of the building the Pontypines live in, but are rarely glimpsed. Theres someting sinister about their absence. And the Pontypine parents are always going home and leaving their children to fend for themselves in the woods.
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
There is NO sense of scale! It's quite scary but my god-daughter loves it and her various toys about it. Makes it easy to decide what to buy her though!
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
It's the Ninky Nonk that really messes with the scale, at least on the Pinky Ponk things seem to make some kind of sense.
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Comics - ABC Warriors, Nemesis the Warlock, Marshal Law. (Actually I reckon I'd just rather play them than develop them - although it would be cool creating your own ABC Warrior, or demented Super Heroes (have we found any yet?))

Games - Chainsaw Warrior, Chaos Marauders, Gamarauders, and maybe some 'rauders thrown in! ;-)

Have you looked into Spiderwick Chronicles?

Aug. 7th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
ABC Wrriors and Nemesis the Warlock are currently under contract with Mongoose - whether they do anything or not with them is another matter though. maybe worth having a word with Matt about sometime.

Don't know about Marshal Law - it was a creator owned Indie series wasn't it? Don't we know one of the guys behind it?

Chainsaw Warriors and Chaos Marauders are now under license with Fantasy Flight Games (as is all the old GW back catalogue of games apart from Blood Bowl and Space Hulk). I would loved to have produced a new version of Chaos Marauders with your art on it - we even spoke to 'The Powers That Be' about it at one point but the whole bunch landed on FFG's lap. They'll do a good job but it would have been nice to have had the Allsop touch to it.

Gamarauders is an old TSR poperty so is now under the WotC corporate banner. It's not worth there while discussing licensing deals for probably less than $10k (thank you lawyers) and the Gamarauders license certainly wouldn;t be worth that sort of fee.

Tony was behind Spiderwick Chronicles wasn't he? Do you still have contact details for him? It'd be bounced to his agent (or maybe even the film studio which was Paramount Pictures) but having the authors backing is always a help. From what I saw of the film it could have potential, certainly as a young adults RPG - plus Tony's artwork is fantastic!
Aug. 8th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Get Torg, then hire me to write it.
Aug. 8th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I've thought about Torg and spoken to Eric about Torg, and thought about Torg some more.

I *love* Torg, but I'm not convinced it's a game that would sell particularly well today. It would need a lot of reworking - especially in making the various Cosms less generic of their genres - and also fell foul of having a pretty much all prevailing dominat story arc which hindered new players/gms getting involved in the game if they were late to the show.

It would almost be more worthwhile creating your own new game using the concepts you liked from Torg.

I do think Torg has potential, but it'd be a hard sell to many distributors and stores and also many players. That said I do love Torg. I also think that someone with more money than sense will probably get hold of it - and then God only knows if anything would see the light of day. I'll try and keep an eye on it and see what happens though. If by some fluke of chance I do end up owning it (and that's not to say that I will actually be bidding on it) I will let you know.
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