The news continues to be poor for West End Games fans.
I saw yesterday that Bill Coffin, ex-Palladium author and writer of the long-delayed Septimus RPG, stated that WEG's Eric Gibson had simply stopped returning his emails. It sounds like if there's a future for Septimus, it might be in fiction, not RPGs.
"I had been warned that I might get burned doing business with Eric. He's a very nice guy and his heart is really in the right place. But it doesn't look like this project was ever on very steady ground. I just feel bad for anybody who ever wanted the game. You guys have been jerked around so badly on this.
I need to check my Septimus contract once more and see what I can still do with it. I think I might have just signed over the RPG rights, in which case, I'll get on developing this as a novel series, which had been my original intent".
Eric Gibson's rebuttal to all this?
"I'm must admit that at times a stress reaction for me is to disconnect, but this is not the case right now. I don't have the TIME to communicate as much as people would like me to. Moreover, it is a simple matter of priorities. As much as people might be angered, hurt or suprised in me saying so, virtually every other activity in my life has priority over WEG at this point in time. It's not a stress reaction. At least not directly. I'm not angry, stressed (with regards to WEG), or any such negative emotional state. I am -- nothing. I'm wholly apathetic to the publishing field in general. It simply a matter or identifying what things in my life can contribute to some kind of positive future for myself and my family, and it is high time I realized that WEG is not able to do that for me".
Ya think? Look, you gotta put family first, but don't jerk everyone else along because of it. Take a deuce or get off the pot.
I think it's time that we few remaining d6 fans give up on seeing anything substantial from West End Games (if indeed we have not already), either in terms of support for an open system initiative or any sort of new gaming material. Given the track record of Mr. Gibson, I'm not sure why anyone would believe anything will ever come of any of this, no matter how good his intentions. As of now, it sounds like his intentions are to engage in pure publishing apathy, so perhaps that's one plan that will be seen through.