Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Discussion: Which RPG Rules/Setting Would You Love The Rights To?

We are building a nice little tradition on Fridays here at RPG Blog 2. While the rest of the blogosphere continues the traditional Friday slumber, we and some friends like to engage in a little cheery discussion about gaming. Nothing too heavy, usually, just discussing and BSing like we were around the gaming table hanging out. Let's get to it, right?

This Friday's topic:

If you could get the rights to one RPG ruleset, game, or setting, which would it be?

For me, the answer's been pretty clear since WotC went to 4e: Greyhawk, Greyhawk, Greyhawk. As for a RPG, if the guys who picked up Amber aren't going to do anything with it, I'd like to see it in the hands of someone who would. And I know it would never happen, but man, would I love a chance to do a reload on Palladium Fantasy.

33 comments:

GeekBob said...

Hands down, the Forgotten Realms. I'm very much on the fence about my feelsings of the new edition of it. But if I had those rights, it probably would not have turned out as it did.

Blotz said...

Hrrrmm... for a setting
I would love to update Fringeworthy to a more modern, less dense system. In Fringeworthy's case, HERO would be a less dense system.

As for ruleset, actually Fuzion is available free, and would be perfect for Fringeworthy....

MJ Harnish said...

I'd love the rights to:
1) DM Cornish's world from "Monster Blood Tatoo" series to make a RPG out of.
2) The Marvel Super Heroes universe
3) Hellboy

Fred Hicks (Evil Hat Productions) said...

Well, I got one of them, so how about the ones I haven't?

- Amber. Much as I love the DRPG, I'd love to give it a genuinely fresh reboot.

- Gamma World. Despite actually playing it very seldom, I've been a junkie for this thing since its first edition.

- Birthright. Man, I just loved it.

Tomas Andersson said...

I think I could do a kick as game based on DC comics' Green Lantern franchise.
Space cops with magic rings, lots of cool backstory (especially since Geoff Johns started writing), unique powers, many great locations. It would be amazing.

Joseph said...

I'm sure it'll come as no surprise, but I'll agree with you on Greyhawk. I'd want to pare it back to its essence, naturally; I'd undo most of the "advance the timeline" stuff.

One thing I'd also do is spend a year on a "Greyhawk listening tour", going to various conventions and getting input from the fans on how they'd like to see Greyhawk done.

I'd also want to get the vast library of SPI and Avalon Hill wargames that aren't in print at the moment. There are literally hundreds of them. *sigh*

When I win the lottery...

sacha3791 said...

Middle-earth. Whilst I have a nostalgic love of the ICE material, I'd love to produce something that concentrates on the First and Second Ages, probably using HeroQuest 2 for the mechanics.

thanuir said...

D&D rules. I'd then release them to public domain and watch the fireworks as there would be no edition of D&D with the "official" status.

Chgowiz said...

Hehe, I like thanuir's idea, FTW.

I'd probably say Traveller and, albiet really obscure and probably nobody heard of this, I would get the rules to the MYTH (Make Yourself The Hero) LARP game I played in Indianapolis in the early 90s and kick the crap outta NERO here in the Chicagoland area. I still harbor a fond and secretive desire to run a really cool, fun LARP from time to time.

clash bowley said...

Ringworld, with Known Space, of course.

-clash

Mad Brew said...

1) Rules: D&D 3.5 - would definitely just public domain the whole thing.

2) Setting: Its a tie between Ravenloft, my absolute favorite horror themed setting and Iron Kingdoms, I love the Steampunk vibe, and I'd like to update the material for it.

3) Runners up: Mutants & Masterminds (perhaps my favorite d20 variant), Hellboy (I love the fusion of Nazi pulp and horror), Dark Sun, & Planscape.

Zachary The First said...

@clash: I would pay to see that happen. Seriously. BTW, I still can’t find my print copy of IHW from the move, along with a few other books. Its getting me depressed.

@thanuir: Now *that* would be something!

@fred: I have my wife watching the Dresden Files TV show on hulu. She really digs it. Maybe a gateway into gaming…??

@joseph: Dude, we are simpatico on plans for Greyhawk. One thing we might differ on is I’d like to make the Greyhawk Wars an event where player allegiance and decision affected (in part) the outcome. But I also think I’d want things back at pre-Wars setting, so I don’t know how that’d work.

@mad brew: I hope we see more Iron Kingdoms. I tend to think about Iron Kingdoms as being everything Eberron wanted to be but wasn’t. I don’t know that that’s fair, but I felt it incorporated the “steampunk” aspects much better.

@sacha: I wonder if we’ll ever see another Middle Earth RPG.

John said...

SPI's Dragonquest

I love Traveller and Pendragon, but they are in good hands. Dragonquest is a great idea for a game that needs some serious editing and common sense.

Tom said...

@thanuir - Then when Forbes releases it's "dumbest business moves in history", you'll be at the top of the list! :P

HinterWelt said...

Clash beat me to it. I had a fan (to this day) bug me about doing a ringworld game. I have thought about doing it with out the Niven universe. Personally, I think it could be awesome to just be an arising race on a ring world...Clash?

Mike said...

When I win Powerball, I'm buying Star Frontiers from Wizards of the Coast.

It's one of my favorite games of all time. I'd love to see it back in print with some serious support.

Robert Saint John said...

Star Trek as a setting. Whole new system. I would love to see it done as much justice and have the same popularity as resulted from FASA in the 80s.

I would spend lottery winnings on that, but I suspect it wouldn't be enough.

labsenpai said...

1) GreyHawk...even just for reprinting the giant map again.
2) Moore's TOM STRONG pulp universe.
3) Star Wars...so I can rewrite Vader.

noisms said...

The question should be which rules/setting would I not want the rights to? ;)

Planescape, probably. Or Cyberpunk 2020 - I'd like to update the art, timeline and mechanics, and make sure new supplements could come out.

Joseph said...

I might at this point ask a question of those who might actually have some industry knowledge...

Just how much does it cost to license some of the stuff we've been talking about here? I mean, do we really have to win Mega Millions to make it happen? Or could it be done on the cheap (for, say, a game that's been out of print for a while)? Do companies license properties on a commission basis (as in, a percentage of sales of the redeveloped property)?

As an industry outsider, I'd like to know what an industry insider or two had to say on the specifics, especially specific numbers.

tim said...

I'll take the Skyrealms of Jorune. Speaking of which, maybe I should ask about the rights to Jorune...

Zachary The First said...

Jorune, eh? Well, give it a shot--who knows? :)

drcheckmate said...

Star Frontiers.

Mike, Would you be keeping the, IMHO, abyssmal Zebulon's, or going back to basics?

Nachtwulf said...

Gamma World, would be my first choice

Vulcan Stev said...

Car Wars. Hands down. Steve Jackson Games mishandled 5th edition.

Michael E. Lopez said...

I want Rolemaster. I want it so badly I can taste it. I'm actually considering making ICE an offer... it's not like they're *really* using it.

thanuir said...

Tom; Yep. A more realistic option would be to construct a license such that it allows free use of the term in tabletop roleplaying games and titles thereof, but licensing is still required elsewhere.

Zachary The First said...

Man, what a lot of different responses!

I didn't even think of Car Wars, but that would be a fun one to have!

@Michael: I'll agree, they aren't doing much with SS/FRP Rolemaster right now--not sure about the Classic line, as that isn't the game I used...

Mike said...

Mike, Would you be keeping the, IMHO, abyssmal Zebulon's, or going back to basics?

I'd be going back to basics.

I'd keep the Alpha Dawn and Knight Hawks boxed sets as canon, as well as all the Volturnus modules. That would be my core material. Then I'd just start creating new stuff from there. :)

John Fiala said...

Oh, the first thing that came to mind was Skyrealms of Jorune, alright. I used to hang around with one of the developers of that system, and I'd love to give him free reign to get it back into player's hands.

Allen Varney said...

I already had the honor of reviving and restoring PARANOIA in the Mongoose Publishing 2004 edition, though I don't own rights to the game. After PARANOIA, my choice would be "Hunter Planet," an obscure 1980s Australian humorous RPG about aliens coming to Earth (called "Dirt") on hunting expeditions. The joke is, the aliens are completely unfamiliar with Earth, and I mean TOTALLY. Players are aliens who must grope their way through this bizarre landscape in search of their quarry, not that they have a clear idea what their quarry looks like.

Anonymous said...

Fringeworthy has just been released for the D20 Modern System.

terryh708@aol.com said...

Any and All Judges Guild products. Massive world with many potential adventures. Could game political, conquest or just looking around to "find out what is out there.

I agree that for a LARP M.Y.T.H is a great system.