R.I.P.: Dragon and Dungeon magazines
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:03 pm 
 

hmmm... interesting. Can't say I ever read any dragon or dungeon magazines that didn't have something to do with Planescape (i'm a rather particular collector) and they never seemed that easy to find anyway, only one store ever stocked them.
still, it's sad to see them go.

More online content.. hmm.. could go either way. Personally, I don't like things in PDF... but that's because I hate reading off a screen and/or having to waste my ink and paper printing stuff off. I like hard copies of things. I think i'm still one of those people who cant stand buying digital things because it feels wrong. I want to be able to hold my purchase in my hands, examine it from all angles.. etc etc.. lol. Its why I still buy CDs after all.

As for the canning of certain suppliments.. wasn't that long ago they rereleased dragonlance was it? bizzare. Maybe all those endless monstermanuals and such forth have driven them finally mad.
4th ed? eugh... just what we need... reackon they'll nerf rangers again? A repeat of the 3rd ed fiasco so we have to have 4.5 and more online errata asap? or you think they'll get it right this time?

I like to think wotc have more sense than to sell D&D, its a huge high profile name and a great title to own the rights to. Surely its one of the few rpg titles that's fairly secure, the one every single being on the planet has heard of. but hey, if they do sell, kudos to whever gets it.. oh yes


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:24 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:I am thinking that perhaps, the first shot was actually fired off 5 months ago when Peter Adkinson decided to not continue on with GenCon SoCal.


I highly doubt it. Peter doesn't 'license' GenCon; Peter (or rather GenCon LLC) OWNS GenCon, lock stock & barrel.

SoCal was bleeding cash, profusely.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:55 pm 
 

ATOM wrote:And it sure beats a discussion of the sugar/sweetner content of Coke.
Artifical sweetners gave lab animals brain tumors....think on that Diet Coke fans!


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:02 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:2)   Wizards is getting all of its ducks in a row, because they are planning on selling(or at least trying to sell) the Dungeons & Dragons brand.

I also think some sort of big news is coming in 2007 (either this week at GAMA or this summer at GenCon), and I'm not necessarily disagreeing with this hypothesis, but I have to ask ... who the hell is left that could buy the D&D brand?

Gaming in the U.S. is practically all under one roof now: Hasborg has absorbed it all. The d20 publishers that are hanging on (Alderac, et. al.) don't seem big enough to be able to pull it off ... the second-biggest manufacturer of CCGs is an old baseball-card company (Upper Deck) ... the oldest RPG-maker that hasn't already been assimilated is either Flying Buffalo or Steve Jackson Games. I'm just not seeing who the logical purchaser would be.

Unless ... unless it's not a gaming company at all. Or unless it's not an American-based company. Or both. 8O

Anyway, I'm mostly just thinking aloud here; my guesses are as equally in the dark as anyone else's. I am pretty sure, though, that something big will be happening in gaming-land in 2007.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:22 pm 
 

What about a public traded company such as Games Workshop Group PLC?
They had 2006 sales of 115.2 million pounds with an operating profit of 4.2 million as of fiscal year ending April 2006.

They would be in a position already with market penetration, established distribution network etc.

Plus their name has already been associated with the D&D brand over the last two decades.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:40 pm 
 

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I highly doubt it. Peter doesn't 'license' GenCon; Peter (or rather GenCon LLC) OWNS GenCon, lock stock & barrel.

SoCal was bleeding cash, profusely.


I know Adkinson owns GenCon, I was leaning more towards the uncertainity that might be brought on by the potential impending sale of the brand name.  You obviously know a lot more about it than I do though, so I am certainly not arguing your point. :)


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:41 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:I also think some sort of big news is coming in 2007 (either this week at GAMA or this summer at GenCon), and I'm not necessarily disagreeing with this hypothesis, but I have to ask ... who the hell is left that could buy the D&D brand?

Gaming in the U.S. is practically all under one roof now: Hasborg has absorbed it all. The d20 publishers that are hanging on (Alderac, et. al.) don't seem big enough to be able to pull it off ... the second-biggest manufacturer of CCGs is an old baseball-card company (Upper Deck) ... the oldest RPG-maker that hasn't already been assimilated is either Flying Buffalo or Steve Jackson Games. I'm just not seeing who the logical purchaser would be.

Unless ... unless it's not a gaming company at all. Or unless it's not an American-based company. Or both. 8O

Anyway, I'm mostly just thinking aloud here; my guesses are as equally in the dark as anyone else's. I am pretty sure, though, that something big will be happening in gaming-land in 2007.


Your guess is as good as mine man. :)   I just really get the feeling that there is more to this then just the release of D&D 4.0.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:43 pm 
 

I wonder about a sale of the Dungeons and Dragons brand name.

Whether there is a tabletop RPG called Dungeons and Dragons or not, the name itself will have selling power for as much as three more decades.

Movies...video games...toys...online role-playing.

Lots of stuff can sell with Dungeons and Dragons on it.  

If I were to consider who might be in line to buy the Dungeons and Dragons name, my first suspect would be:  Microsoft.

Located only a few miles from WOTC, am surprised that Microsoft allowed Hasbro to buy such a nice morsel of game-selling power.

For a company that owns the Bettman Archives, owning WOTC...or the Dungeons and Dragons brand name as a whole...seems like a no-brainer.

Although Microsoft will be interested in WOTC mostly as a vehicle for selling video games, it seems to me that the Microsoft personnel might have a clue what a tabletop RPG is supposed to look like.

The imminent release of Dungeons and Dragons 4.0 would be a part of the sale terms...possibly just after the acquisition.

Hopefully, they will give the rules more thought this time so we don't have another knife in the back like 3.5.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:10 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Located only a few miles from WOTC, am surprised that Microsoft allowed Hasbro to buy such a nice morsel of game-selling power.

For a company that owns the Bettman Archives, owning WOTC...or the Dungeons and Dragons brand name as a whole...seems like a no-brainer.


I dunno; I think maybe we overestimate the degree of recognition the Dungeons and Dragons brand name has in the general population.  I was with your line of thinking about Microsoft, until I realized I have no idea what the "Bettman Archives" are....  What are they?

  


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:31 pm 
 

I could be very wrong here, but as far as I know, there's no 4.0 on the horizon at the moment (3e works too well I'm told).

It does all seem very suspicious though. Kind of exciting as well, (for good or ill), we'll have to wait & see what unfolds.

It could be that they know Dragonlance is a line that sells - and thus have bigger plans for it. I would expect a couple of one (two etc.) spin offs from old  & new campaign worlds in the future. But not the full support of a "world" (ie. a long running publishing of items for say Dark Sun under 3e).

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:33 pm 
 

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I dunno; I think maybe we overestimate the degree of recognition the Dungeons and Dragons brand name has in the general population.  I was with your line of thinking about Microsoft, until I realized I have no idea what the "Bettman Archives" are....  What are they?


Arguably, the D&D brand name has at this moment it's highest recognition ever.  The brand has been around 30+ years...entire generations have grown up playing it, and are now in their 30s-50s, and they have children that also are aware of and play the game.  The game has moved from hushed tones back room dabbling to being played and displayed out in the open in game stores, as well as being mentioned  positively in media, enough that the word has become a bit of a punchline (D&D geeks) and recognizable when someone throws it out in casual conversation.  The movie, cartoon, web sites, computer games, etc all have done a part to bring in a few more into the fold of knowing what D&D is.  If they don't know EXACTLY what it is, they are at least aware of certain concepts connected with the brand.  I've actually been surprised since WOTC there hasnt been more of an effort made to cash in on the name recognition of the product through advertising or marketing.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:58 pm 
 

I guess that's true, though D&D was from very early on somewhat visible (references in the movie "ET", mid-eighties tv commercials, etc.).  I guess what I'm trying to get at is that maybe the brand "acceptance" is no higher than it used to be.  Whether correctly or incorrectly, the game is still seen as something that socially maladjusted teenage boys do in basements for 16 hours at a time.  Also, I think the "geek elitism" that always accompanied the hobby has to some extent been accentuated.  This was brought home to me very clearly when I went to a high school D&D friend's wedding last summer (he married "late", at 38 years old).  He now plays 3.x with a group of younger folks (one of whom is now his wife), who all attended, and when it came up in conversation that I was an "old school D&Der", the reaction I got was exactly the opposite of what I expected...  When I asked what kinds of characters they were playing, one young woman said, "I'm a ranger/master thrower, but you don't have the new books so you wouldn't know what that is," (with a definite judgmental tone in her voice).  They didn't think it was cool I had played AD&D, they thought it was quaint and obsolete.  Happens I did know what a master thrower was, but I didn't tell her that.

The point I'm belaboring is that if the people in the hobby keep an "in-group" mentality, maybe the brand isn't all that desirable, because new players are reluctant to break into the hobby due to the attitude and "elitism".  Hence marketing to 11-year-olds, perhaps..

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:00 pm 
 

Advertising and marketing are losses on the profit and loss statement.  Hasbro is only interested in profit, and thus there is no advertising or marketing.  Of course, while the drive for profit is good, doing it at the expense of your fanbase is damn near suicidal.



  


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:57 pm 
 

ATOM wrote:And it sure beats a discussion of the sugar/sweetner content of Coke.
Artifical sweetners gave lab animals brain tumors....think on that Diet Coke fans!


What I heard was, to get that result the rats had to be fed the equivalent amount of sweetener in 800 cans of soda daily :!:
--that's a little over 33 cases a day.  

I don't know any one who could drink 800 cans/day!! :D [/i]

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:23 pm 
 

The Bettman Archives is a collection of historic photographs and drawings that features prominently in many history books.  

Microsoft owns the Archives.  It's on Bill Gate's equipment list.

Probably positioning themselves for the future and saw a price they were willing to pay.

I can't believe they did not buy TSR and/or WOTC.

Also, I don't know what a master thrower is.  :?

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:28 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Also, I don't know what a master thrower is.  :?

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Obviously it's like a thrower but ....better :D

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:26 am 
 

It's one of the goofy prestige classes that accompanied the deluge of similar crunchy bits published in the Complete series splatbooks from WotC.  I'd give you more detail, as if you'd care, but about six months ago I got so disgusted with Wizbro that I sold almost all of my 3.x books on eBay.  It's basically exactly what it sounds like.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:33 am 
 

I just got a notice to renew my Dungeon subscription from Paizo today!!

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