Kickstarter Update: Dark Legends RPG Becomes Slayers of Arkaeus RPG

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.

Kickstarter Dark Legends RPG

There recently arose a Kickstarter project for a roleplaying game called Dark Legends RPG.  The project had a reasonable goal, only $500, which it had achieved and was on its way to the stretch goal of $600.  As the name implies it was supposed to be a dark fantasy tabletop RPG using a slightly different dice mechanic that showed some promise.  However, it could be that now the game won’t happen at all.

The project’s page is currently down, with a message stating that the project is the subject of an intellectual property dispute along with a link and some text encouraging backers to log-in and manage their pledge, practically inviting them to pull their pledge from the project.

There’s no information as to what the dispute is over specifically or what will become of the project.  It will be interesting to see if the project happens at all now.  Updates to come as they’re available.

Advanced Fighting Fantasy Quickstart

Remember those Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, which were like big choose your own adventure games with a character sheet and some roleplaying elements?  There’s a full RPG available based on those books called Advanced Fighting Fantasy.  It has a simple, streamlined system with an old-school feel and is a great alternative for those looking for a system that’s a little more old-school and retro but want to try something that’s not just based on D&D.

You can checkout the quickstart for free here.  It comes with the basic rules of the game as well as a sample adventure.

Dragon’s Prophet First Thoughts

Dragon’s Prophet is an up-coming free-to-play action-based fantasy MMORPG developed by Runewaker Entertainment, the makers of the free MMORPG Runes of Magic, and published by Sony.  In this game you can train a variety of dragons which will then help you in combat, provide your character with enhancements, and which you can also use as mounts.

Different dragons have different abilities.  Some dragons, when used as mounts, will increase your movement speed, while others will let you fly, and so on.  Not all dragons fly in this game.  The lore of this game world defines almost any large reptilian creature as a dragon.

The game uses an action combat system similar to Neverwinter, while the graphics look very much like they’re based on Runes of Magic, though they’ve certainly been enhanced.  Nevertheless, the fonts, icons, and especially parts of the UI look like they were inspired by Runes of Magic.

Many people like Runes of Magic so the fact this game is made by the creators of that game holds some promise.  But there’s also some concern about the game being published by Sony.  So far, it seems Sony doesn’t have any idea how to do free-to-play properly.  The majority of their free-to-play games are completely pay-to-win, where they really want to force you into getting a subscription.  For instance, in many of their games, if you want to use higher-level gear you have to pay real money to be able to equip each and every item.

Personally, if a game does free-to-play right, I have no problems giving them some money every now and then to show my appreciation and to support the developers.  But if a game does free-to-play wrong, like Sony tends to do, I won’t play the game at all.

This game does look interesting and could have some potential, but with Sony in the mix, I’ll remain skeptical.

Hasbro and the Dungeons and Dragons Movie

Recently, Warner Brothers announced that it was working on a new Dungeons and Dragons movie.  Because of the recent popularity of fantasy with Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, they intend to put all their resources and attention behind it, so it could turn out to be very good.

However, now Hasbro, who owns Wizards of the Coast and in turn owns Dungeons and Dragons, has claimed that they in fact have the rights to make a Dungeons and Dragons movie, and they want to make their movie with Universal.

First, if Warner Brothers is putting all their resources and attention behind the movie, I think they have a better chance of making a good movie than Universal does.  And second, especially if Warner Brothers is going to do a good job, Hasbro should quietly let them make the movie.  Even if Hasbro doesn’t directly get a piece of the movie profits, it’ll raise awareness of Dungeons and Dragons even more and it’ll get more people to buy the game to try it out, so Hasbro would still make money off of it.  It’s essentially advertising for them.

Pass the GM

Time for another fast, light, simple, and free RPG.  Pass the GM is a role-playing game which can be used with any setting where you can trade back and forth who plays the part of the GM.  It can also be played in a more traditional fashion with one person always playing the part of GM.  Check it out.  After all, it’s free.

Pass the GM