Licences and Corestep

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Geekabilly
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Licences and Corestep

Post by Geekabilly » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:37 pm

Has anyone at FASA considered creating licenced Roleplaying games using the Corestep system? Fallout is the first one that springs to my mind - I've always wondered if Earthdawn was an influence on Fallout.

Would FASA consider looking at proposals for this kind of thing? I think the payoff could be big in getting FASA and Earthdawn more recognition, like with Fusion and the recent Witcher rpg.

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Andrew1879
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Re: Licences and Corestep

Post by Andrew1879 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:14 pm

We've done a number of licensed games over the years, some of which have met with more success than others. The big problem with a licensed system is the licensing, and the vulnerability it creates. We put a lot of work into the Star Trek RPG, as well as a lot of capital. When Paramount pulled the license, that left us with no way to recoup any return on our outstanding investment. We could no longer sell the books we had in stock. There are still people playing FASA Star Trek, and a market for used FASA Star Trek books and game supplements, but we can't sell anything Star Trek related to them because we do not have the license any longer, regardless of the fact that we have the inventory. While there are a number of properties that we'd like to develop games for, using the CoreStep mechanic, the risk at this point is just not something we can justify. We've had to make the decision to restrict our work to those properties that we own outright, in order to survive in a niche market that simply isn't growing fast enough to support all the people who want to produce games.

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Re: Licences and Corestep

Post by ragbasti » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:21 am

Just wondering: Couldn't you auction off "boxes of old inventory" and just let a a number of select game stores know what's inside?

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Re: Licences and Corestep

Post by Andrew1879 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:55 pm

Legally, no. Putting Star Trek books into grab-bag boxes would be an obvious attempt to circumvent copyright law. If we sell anything we don't have the license for, we would be sued for copyright violation, and rightfully so.

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