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8026  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Let the Pillaging Commence! on: January 29, 2008, 12:56:01 PM
I see what you did there.  Tongue

Wink

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A friend of mine is actually one of the people that runs OrcCon now...  I'll give him a ring and see if they still need anybody to run it.  Otherwise, I'm sure there'll be room at PolyCon, which would be much less short notice for me.

Sweet! Hope to hear from you soon!

EDIT: In case you aren't aware, Scott Stokes is running events for us at OrcCon. Check our Events page for details. Perhaps you could drop him a line and pair up?
8027  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: AEG/The Franchise on: January 29, 2008, 12:55:09 PM
So what exactly does the Franchise do within the setting apart from acting as venture capital?

Big question, bigger answer - to be handled in the AEG release. The quick answer is that it's a virtually limitless source of adventure impetus. Imagine what would happen if S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lost Blofeld and no one noticed? The organization continues to grind away, doing what it's always done with no oversight and no one to notice when it all starts to careen off the rails...
8028  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Black Industries, Say what? on: January 29, 2008, 12:49:17 PM
The entire first print run sold out AS PRE-ORDERS. Surely if the stupid idiots actually printed more books they'd make even more money?

Now, see, that's an interesting point. Why didn't they print more books out the gate? If the print run to which they committed wasn't enough, then why go forward with the project in the first place? Hm... That does speak to something strange going on behind the scenes.
8029  Community / Off-Topic / Re: GI Joe movie news (spoilers!) on: January 29, 2008, 12:40:50 PM
It immediately put me in mind of his character in Veritas.

You're so right. Yeah. I'm groovin' on that choice.
8030  Community / Off-Topic / Re: GI Joe movie news (spoilers!) on: January 29, 2008, 12:25:23 PM
Arnold Vosloo (Zartan)

That's actually somewhat inspired.
8031  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Black Industries, Say what? on: January 29, 2008, 12:23:04 PM
Interestingly, there's also talk of Warhammer Online's monthly subscription fee rising above the current MMO standard of $15 a month, most likely due at least in part to GW's influence (I'd link to a source, but I can't find any that aren't biased - it's a point of major contention right now). They're in danger of pricing themselves out of that market as well, though I suspect there will still be enough fans of the property to justify the game's creation. Whether they'll make more money from those folks or the potentially larger number if they went with the expected subscription fee, and what their bottom line is with that game, are anyone's guess. I'd bet my next paycheck that they internally came to their own conclusions a while ago - it's one of the things that separates them from less established operations.
8032  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Signs & Portents: Open Call on: January 29, 2008, 11:31:11 AM
While Disney's Gargoyles are most decidedly out of the picture the small g gargoyles have been a staple of RPGs since long before Demona was on a drawing pad.

Hm. Have to check with the partners. I'm not sure if gargoyles have a home yet or not. I suspect they're going in the Fantasy Craft bestiary, though where the playable versions will land is more suspect (at least from my perspective - we sometimes operative independently on these things).
8033  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Signs & Portents: Open Call on: January 29, 2008, 11:29:05 AM
Gargoyles, along with Batman: the Animated Series were pretty much jointly responsible for demonstrating to modern audiences that animation oestensibly targetted at children could be written in a clever, intelligent, thoughtful way so as to (a) not insult their audience, and (b) also appeal easily to adults.

Two words: Iron Giant. No, it wasn't first, nor was it as long-running, but I stand by it being (at least one of) the most important pieces in the medium - and one of the most fun.
8034  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Let the Pillaging Commence! on: January 28, 2008, 08:01:53 PM
Okay, I think I'm getting it now, and the concept pleases me.  Smiley 

Having not played Dinner with Harvey, or any other WoF missions for that matter, I really didn't have anywhere to start.  Was it LSpy, or can it be found somewhere else?  I'd like to give the old missions a read-through if possible.


Dinner with Harvey is easily the best example of World on Fire in action that I've managed to realize. (As I've said before, it's a rough setting to write for - rewarding, but rough.)

It's a demo mission. We generally don't post those for public consumption as it ruins the experience for those who might one day sit down at the event. Run an event for us, though, and we'll send you a copy. Smiley
8035  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Black Industries, Say what? on: January 28, 2008, 07:57:36 PM
I just think they are throwing in the towel too early, but then shows that GW never really cared for the RPG side of things. The public reason is really weak. Apparently they are focusing on growing their novel division more at this time.

Whereas I think it's a bold move to set your bottom line and cut your losses if you don't meet it. GW's motives are clear here, and honestly, pure. They're a business first and foremost, and you gotta respect that. I just think they could have timed the closeout better.
8036  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Let the Pillaging Commence! on: January 28, 2008, 06:49:08 PM
Now I'm flashing to the bastard child of Gattaca and V for Vendetta.  This may not be what you had in mind, but I like it.  Smiley

V is a closer analogy than you might think. Wink
8037  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: AEG/The Franchise on: January 28, 2008, 06:48:15 PM
So the AEG is allied to the Franchise but their organisations are allied to the individual EG?

The Franchise created the Alliance by bringing evil geniuses together. Each evil genius heads his or her own organization, with the Franchise funding them (and therefore, by virtue of being the feeder organization, also their parent group). That said, each evil genius runs his or her own shop largely without oversight.

The Alliance itself has no organization stats. It's like a board of directors. It isn't an organization on its own.
8038  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Black Industries, Say what? on: January 28, 2008, 06:44:01 PM
That's crazy they're killing Black Industries the week before they release Dark Heresy...insanely bad timing, considering I know at least 3 play groups in my immediate friend circle that are forming around this game. Oh well.

The timing is a bit odd, but when you're that big I guess you can afford to ignore the schedule.
8039  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Signs & Portents: Open Call on: January 28, 2008, 05:21:03 PM
The true is there's a lot of interesting characters in the CCG. So I hope you can show them in S&P if they don't fit the Flags  Smiley

Once they're done we'll be able to kick around the remnants and see if any deserve further treatment.

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You can show in S&P the Morgenstern formulas to convert the cards in sheets  Grin

Funny. I'm not opposed, though if I remember correctly it's pretty bare-bones. Like any CCG conversion, it was more estimation than hard math.
8040  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Signs & Portents: Open Call on: January 28, 2008, 05:15:22 PM
What about new dramatic conflicts not programmed for already planned releases. Like hte ones Rhishisikk mentioned in the dramatic conflict thread (Psychic Conflict, Exorcism...)

Both those two have homes already. New Dramatic Conflicts are a pretty butch undertaking. It's a safe bet that all of them will wind up in print or PDF products.

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one thing i would like to see is something as the campaigns seeds that will appear in Fantasy Craft but with the Core book. Clear examples of how far and wide you can go with the options in the main book. Something similar to what was done already with the Chasm Group, but expanding in other kinds of stories. when i heard about the model campaigns in FC i tought it was a terrific idea, one that the Core book could get some use of.

Huh. That has some potential...
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