Crimson Skies

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Crimson Skies

Post by Marzhin » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:14 pm

One of my favorite FASA universes is without a doubt Crimson Skies. Alternate 1930s with retro-futuristic planes, art deco atmosphere, zeppelin battles and more importantly... sky pirates! What's not to love?

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So, I was wondering if FASA Games had plans to do something with this IP?

- New version of the miniature game? (that seems unlikely considering the costs involved)
- Digital re-release of the books and novels on DTRPG, including the ones never released in English?
- Brand new PnP RPG based on this universe?*

*I would actually love to work on such a project. I even started writing a conversion of the rules of Castle Falkenstein (yeah, I know, not a FASA game, but I felt the rule system was really fitting) to play in the world of Crimson Skies. (Sorry, it's in French.)

However I believe Microsoft used to own part of the rights to this universe... is it still the case?
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Re: Crimson Skies

Post by Mataxes » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:21 pm

I'm fairly certain the rights for that property are elsewhere.

(Don't know for certain, as I'm not a legal guy, but that's my understanding.)
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Re: Crimson Skies

Post by Bogie » Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:06 pm

I am not 100% certain on the rights, but I can guarantee that if we had the rights to them we'd be doing something with it. I am guessing it is tangled up in licensing hell but I am also not a legal guy.
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Re: Crimson Skies

Post by Tanthalas » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:37 pm

A wiki search indicates that it is currently owned by 'Smith & Tinker' after passing through Wizkids. It looks like the IP went the way of Shadowrun and then got spun out. Supposedly they are planning to release a new video game soon...so at least you have that to look forward to! :D
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Re: Crimson Skies

Post by Marzhin » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:17 pm

Tanthalas wrote:A wiki search indicates that it is currently owned by 'Smith & Tinker' after passing through Wizkids. It looks like the IP went the way of Shadowrun and then got spun out. Supposedly they are planning to release a new video game soon...so at least you have that to look forward to! :D
Smith & Tinker was Jordan Weisman's previous company, it closed in 2012 and Jordan subsequently founded Harebrained Schemes (makers of the Shadowrun Returns video game). As far as I understand they had a licensing agreement with Microsoft to do video games based on Battletech/Mechwarrior, Crimson Skies and Shadowrun, but they never owned these properties, and their licence was only about the video game side, not the pen and paper side.
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Re: Crimson Skies

Post by Bogie » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:20 pm

Well if someone would ever stop Disney from lobbying, stuff might fall into public domain someday. I wouldn't count on that though. Publish something online and see what company sends a cease and desist. :D
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