Words from the Wise (Guys)
An Editorial Rant
To the thirty-third issue of The Guild Companion.
The Future of Rolemaster
The Bankruptcy Trustee has petitioned the bankruptcy court for a hearing
on November 19, 2001 to handle the sale of the ICE intellectual property
and the associated inventory. According to the Trustee's notice, he proposes
that the bid of John R Seal from the United Kingdom be accepted. This bid is at 42,500
US Dollars, with certain caveats relating to the verification of the inventory
and its associated storage costs.
Objections to the motion must be filed no later than November 14. More
critically, "upset bids" are allowed but anyone planning to do that had better
turn up in the courtroom with a certifiable cheque for at least 42,500 USD!
Little is known about John Seal and his group. However our sources
indicate that they license intellectual property to other companies, and
that they have no intention of starting a games company themselves. Selling
the existing inventory to distributors is an obvious method of recouping
their initial investment; more long-term plans might include licensing
the Rolemaster or Spacemaster rules engines to computer game companies.
Meanwhile the combined RMIG/Golden Oxcart Bandits consortium continues
to marshall support for an upset bid.
The Guild Companion will be monitoring the situation closely. Stay tuned.
Following on from last year's successful event, the British games industry
has organized Dragonmeet 2001. This one-day convention will take place in
London on the 1st December. The official press release is published in this
issue of The Guild Companion and full details can be found
on their web-site at www.dragonmeet.com.
I will be attending Dragonmeet 2001 with the intention of running two
demo games. The morning game will be the "O My Island in the Sun" scenario
for Run out the Guns!; the afternoon game will be "The Great Escape" for
GURPS Age of Napoleon. (Note I GM'ed these scenarios at Rocococon - moving flat,
the continuing playtest phase of GURPS Age of Napoleon, and writing up a
D&D Third Edition campaign have all gotten in the way of creating new
convention scenarios. Assuming that The Guild Companion gains
a license to publish Run out the Guns! material from the future owners of
the ICE IP, "O My Island in the Sun" will be appearing here.)
Farewell (for now ...)
I'll let you get on with reading the rest of this month's magazine.
Our next issue will appear in December 2001, but until then ...
Keep gaming and have fun!
Nicholas HM Caldwell
General Editor for The Guild Companion