To me the ending of the Marvel game is not a surprise. I bet you can even find my post back when that game came out where I called it a future dead game, just like the 'stones' version of marvel. The game will live on as long as players play it, but just not as a published game. The truly sad thing is not the ending of its publishing history but rather the sourcebooks that will never see firstprinting, and pdf-creation.
Sort of like the Spider-Man's Guide for the MURPG version, it exists only as a pdf.
here's what the Oracle at Delphi says:
There WILL BE another marvel rpg in the future, and one day it too will cease publication but will live on like Classic Marvel FASERIP does. Personally, I hate the way Marvel and DC loath the idea of having a single 'system' in which players can buy sourcebooks for either marvel or DC, sort of like how heroclix was two separate but compatible games.John you worked on heroclix
, why can't that be possible. Have GR stag the license for a 4 book deal: Marvel Adventures using MnM3e game engine. It will be a separate 'game' just like DC Adventures is separate from Green Ronin's general MnM3e, and thus you can tailor craft any specific marvel elements that need tweaking and expand the game as you know full well Steve and you will need to give thought to how to do Hulk or the Black King's powers.
In this way, MWP's loss might be Green Ronin's gain
. Yes I know full well you guys read this suggestion and groan at the idea given the struggle to produce the DC books, but think about this the true holy grail of supers games: Green Ronin will be the first and ONLY game publisher to product a compatible game system for both marvel and DC. Once you do that, and finish those 4 books (and be realistic that might take years but my guess is the process will be much faster since you have learned a few things and perhaps Marvel is simply faster than DC in the feedback / approval department), and then you will have achieved something that might not be accomplished again for decades before another company tries to produce a compatible game. I could see a game company like WoTC, and if they did hopefully they'd go the D20 based route (which makes it basically convertible to DCA), but having it all done by the same team for both is better.Consider the idea
, and the best reason to do so, your not attempting to create an ongoing game that 'dies' like past marvel games did. Your producing a limited run of books, 4 books
, and once your done, there is no other books produced, and thus no planned 50 sourcebooks that will not be produced because the game dies, and since MnM will live on regardless of DCA not having further books, your game system is in a great place. It doesn't stand with the DC or Marvel license. MnM thus has a unique position. You could add indy titles too like Image or Dark Horse, just like you have that Wildcard line and you can do a single sourcebook perhaps or more, but NOT an ongoing series, just a limited run thus the commitment is known and achievable. I knew right when I heard of the over-ambition publishing schedule MWP was planning that they were living in a dream fantasy world. There is no way to produce that much stuff, especially that fast..
Attempting to acquire the license might be harder considering MWP just dropped it, but really no, since I read the reason was they could not continue to afford it. So if GR works out a deal to only buy 4 books to publish you might not need to continue to afford some license.