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Words from the Wise (Guys)

An Editorial Rant

Welcome

To the twenty-seventh issue of The Guild Companion.

The Future of Rolemaster and Spacemaster

The process of ICE's final dissolution continues to move slowly but inexorably forward. The Rolemaster Investment Group and the Golden Oxcart Bandits also continue to sketch out their future plans. If and when the combined consortium's bid is successful, the real work will begin in earnest. Until then, we will have to be patient.

The Future of Middle-Earth

I talked about Decipher's acquisition of the Middle-Earth role-playing license in last month's editorial. We've been in talks with Decipher on various matters since then, and are pleased to announce that we have permission to continue publishing support material for MERP and MECCG. Subject to the normal copyright and trademark rules, we will also be able to publish articles for Decipher's own Lord of the Rings role-playing and collectible card games.

Decipher intends to develop a volunteer organisation to demonstrate its games at conventions and the like (as ICE did with the Crown Guard). Our own Joe Mandala has accepted the position of "Director of Volunteer Operations" with Decipher. I'll leave it to Joe himself to explain his plans in this area as his role firms up.

The Silent Tower

As has been noted on our Discussion Boards (follow any "Voices of Reason" link), the servers which hosted the ICE-related mailing lists (as silent-tower.org) suffered some severe hacking and had to be taken off-line. Mario Butter has been unable to re-establish the mailing lists so far owing to extreme time commitments. In the interim, some of the list communities have created new mailing lists on Yahoo Groups. These include "rolemaster", "metw2" (in addition to the original "metw" for MECCG) and "shadow-world-ml". Hawke Robinson has restored the MERP list at merp@merp.com (to subscribe send an email to merp-subscribe@merp.com). The Silent Death community can be found on the "saveSD" Yahoo Groups. So if you have been missing your daily dose of game related email, seek out the above mailing lists.

Farewell (for now ...)

Time for me to let you get on with reading the rest of this month's magazine. Our next issue will appear in June 2001, but until then,

Keep gaming and have fun!
Nicholas HM Caldwell
General Editor for The Guild Companion

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