Steve Jackson acquires the rights to The Fantasy Trip Jan 18, 2018 21:01:45 GMT -5 wolfsbane likes this
Post by platimus on Jan 18, 2018 21:01:45 GMT -5
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The DNA is pretty clear in the Legends rules, even though we went with a skill system and simplified things a bit. When you look at the OSR and how close games like Swords and Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord, and OSRIC (to name a few of dozens and dozens) are to D&D (ie, almost identical), LAW is further away from TFT than those are from D&D. I am sure if we wanted to wage a legal war, we would be legally correct, but he'd still be able to afford more and better lawyers.
However, I don't want it to come to that. We really want to work with Steve. He hasn't asked us to take down LAW, though I do not think he is crazy about its existence at this point. We'll see where things go.
This and kommisar's conclusion are where I arrived in my mind a couple of days after my initial "doom and gloom" posts. That said, I'm sure DCG will be doing it's own thing for at least another year. Once SJG re-releases TFT in a "fulfilled kickstarter" or whatever (which I do plan to purchase in a celebratory fashion), I'll reassess the "threat level"
However, I can say right now that unless there are major revisions to TFT that bring it closer to the DCG system, that "threat level" will remain very low. Even if there is a major revision of TFT that brings it closer to the DCG system and the "threat level" goes to "very high", I won't sweat it because the two systems will be so close to each other that I won't care.
The worst-case scenario I have imagined is that you (Bret) and George simply "sell out" (for lack of a more polite term) early on and just write TFT adventures to cash-in on that big pile of TFT/SJG gold! hahaha!
I've decided I'm even OK with that as long as you guys are happy and prosperous. I might shed one or two tears but I've got plenty of blood-stained hankies to blow my nose and wipe away those tears.