Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Black Blade To Publish Swords & Wizardry

There have been numerous teasers pointing to this over the past couple weeks, but I'm hoping this helps get Swords & Wizardry into retail distribution. From here:

Black Blade Publishing to become Exclusive Publisher of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rules and Knockspell Magazine

October 27, 2009 – Mythmere Games, developer and publisher of the ENnie-award winning Swords & Wizardry fantasy role-playing game, is pleased to announce an exclusive agreement with Black Blade Publishing to publish the Swords & Wizardry Core Rules and Knockspell magazine, and to lead the charge to get Swords & Wizardry into retail distribution. The first print releases under this agreement will be a softcover version of the 124-page Swords & Wizardry Core Rulebook and Knockspell #3.

Working with Studio 2 Publishing as its distribution partner, Black Blade Publishing expects the Swords & Wizardry Core Rulebook to start hitting the shelves of brick and mortar game stores by February of 2010. In addition, the in-print version of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rulebook will be available for purchase directly from Black Blade Publishing or through select retailers by late-October, 2009.

Electronic copies of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rulebook will be available immediately directly from Black Blade Publishing, and will be available very soon directly from Studio 2 Publishing, DrivethruRPG, RPGNow and YourGamesNow.

My thoughts? Well, I think the pairing of Black Blade with Studio 2 Publishing seems like a good move. And it'll be great to see S&W on bookshelves at the FLGS. I think this is an exciting move, and I'm definitely wishing them the best. More accessibility to classical gaming means more people creating cool stuff and and a bigger gamer pool! I like to think of the "offline" gamer discovering a copy of S&W and finding out that perhaps there's still people playing the game he's been playing 25+ years....


WalkerP said...

Intriguing. These deals are small, but they are growing in frequency. Let's hope some momentum builds up overall.

I really know nothing about Black Blade. What have they done up until now?

Zachary The First said...

Well, they did the 1st Edition Dungeon Crawls adapted from Goodman Games' Dungeon Crawl Classics.

John Fiala said...

Ah, and they've got Knockspell #3. I'd been waiting for that to show up.

Anonymous said...

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