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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.

Dragonmeet 2001

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

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

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