Post by mister frau blucher on May 19, 2020 21:02:48 GMT -5
There was an adventure called Little Black Book, it was being published by DCG right when I came on board after submitting Sewers of Redpoint. We published it up to 2008, when the author wanted to use it to start up his own company. It was the only adventure that George had printed under a Royalties agreement; every other adventure we have bought outright, owning all the rights. So of course he let Jerry take it back. He kinda disappeared after that, except for giving us some bad reviews on Board Game Geek. The adventure was an interesting little dungeon crawl, but it has been far more popular in its absence than when we were actually publishing it. I guess it has a mythic quality as The Game That Cannot Be Had Anymore.
John O'Neill, the publisher of Black Gate magazine, had a sort of deal with George in the mid/late 2000s. He had played the TFT microquests when younger and had fond memories of them, and was happy to discover us. He published one of our free adventures in the physical magazine, and we sold some copies of Black Gate at GenCon - 2007 or 2008, can't recall right off. I think he gave away a copy of one of our adventures with a subscription about the same time, when the magazine was still being published. It is now a blog, updated daily by a host of authors. There is no longer any relationship that I am aware of, but I still like and support Black Gate.
I looked over Jerry Meyer's ratings of LAW titles, apparently the only things he ever bothered to review, and frankly was disappointed. I note he managed to rate anything HE wrote pretty highly, but I think his critiques of the Red Point series were pretty far off base. I do agree with his rating and most of the comments on The Island of Lost Spells, though -- that's one of my favorites too (in fact, I recently ordered a replacement copy, since I'd worn my original copy out by playing it over and over again)! It almost seems like there was some kind of bitter parting of the ways here, though I never heard anything negative about Jerry at all from either Bret or George at ANY time. Either that, or he was working to undermine the "competition" for his new game company (which never made it off the ground, apparently). Either way, I think it was in rather poor taste of him to do that. Of course, my opinion is worth exactly what you paid for it, but there it is...