In a recent article I wrote about the Dark Legends RPG Kickstarter project and the fact that the project had temporarily been taken down as the result of an intellectual properly dispute. I contacted James Wood, the creator of the project and the game, and he was kind enough to give me more details.
As some of you may know, there’s an online money-sink RPG created by Spacetime Studios that goes by the name Dark Legends. They asserted that Mr. Wood was infringing on their trademark of the Dark Legends name. Mr. Wood told me that he would continue with the name Dark Legends if he could, but if he couldn’t the project would continue with a new name.
I researched Spacetime Studios’ trademark and it very clearly says that the trademark applies only to online games, computer games, and computer software, none of which applies to the Kickstarter project, which is a traditional tabletop roleplaying game. Mr. Wood also informed me he had been using the name Dark Legends for his game since before Spacetime Studios existed as a company. Despite Spacetimes Studios’ trademark clearly not applying in this situation, either they were able to bully Kickstarter into getting their way, or Mr. Wood decided to just take the easiest path and rename his game.
Either way, the Kickstarter project has now been renamed from Dark Legends RPG to Slayers of Arkaeus RPG, and the project continues. At the time of this writing the project has passed $600 in funding, meaning the first stretch goal of a guide to the world of Arkaeus has been achieved. If you’re a fan of tabletop gaming, give this project a look. As was said before, it has a lot of potential.