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Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:00 am 
 

I got this morning issues 1 and 2 of the magazine Arcanes from Les Elfes. How many issues did they put out? Three?

  

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:14 am 
 

Yes, three. The last one is the rarest one. VHTF, especially complete. It exists a 4th issue, never released. The cover is from Florence Magnin like the other ones.
Philippe Mercier, the co-fondator of Les Elfes and author of Féerie and co-author of Légendes, told me that it exists another fanzine dedicated to Féerie, as Arcanes, but released confidentially.


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:07 am 
 

Thanks for the reply. Do you know anything about the history of this French game company? I'm curious...  8)

  

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:16 am 
 

If you can read french...:
From my website: http://myvyrrian.free.fr/Feerie.html
The end of Féerie:
Philippe Mercier wrote:« Les Elfes avaient prévu de sortir pour Féérie une quinzaine de modules et plusieurs extensions notamment sur le monde de Gahan, les différents peuples, les classes, etc mais la plupart de ces suppléments n'existaient qu'à l'état de synopsis lorsque l'arrêt de l'activité d'édition a été prise. Cette décision avait pour cause le procès pour plagiat que nous ont fait Jeux Descartes et mes anciens amis et co-auteurs du jeu Légendes. Le patron et principal actionnaire des Elfes ne se sentait pas de taille contre la puissance du groupe Excelsior (qui comprenait à l'époque Jeux Descartes, Jeux & Stratégie et Casus Belli).
Ce procès, nous l'avons gagné au bout de 10 ans. C'était trop tard pour reprendre le développement de Féerie.
Les Elfes n'ont pas fait faillite (enfin pas tout de suite autant que je sache). L'activité édition s'est quasiment arrêtée avec mon départ, et la société a géré un piano bar et organisé des spectacles de Magie, et aussi sorti la campagne envoyé quasiment en l'état par un passionné (d'où notamment le changement de style de présentation, Florence Magnin ne faisant plus partie de l'équipe et les moyens n'étant plus là).


And for the other games written by P.Mercier that could have been released if Les Elfes didn't stop their publishing activity:

Philippe Mercier wrote:« Dans mes cartons dorment toujours Féerie 2, une version améliorée, le jeu sur l'oeuvre de Jules Verne (testé dans la maison de Jules à Amiens) et un jeu de rôles policier/fantastique sur Harry Dickson, le détective de l'étrange. » …Malheureusement aucune version publiable de ce jeu sur Jules Verne n'existe… « Il doit y avoir un scénario fait par les frères DO, testé une fois. Une aventure entre l'Afghanistan et le Pakistan, au niveau de la passe de Khyber (ça sonne familier aujourd'hui). Une machine tout-terrain qui était expérimentée dans cette zone, sur fond de rébellion (déjà). Avec un passager clandestin…
Florence Magnin avait fait la couverture du jeu en s'inspirant des livres de la collection Hetzel (l'éditeur de Jules Verne) mais elle a du la conserver comme le reste de ses autres couverture. Le jeu le plus abouti est certainement celui sur Harry Dickson. C'est un tapuscrit presque complet : il doit manquer un ou deux chapitres. Je l'ai proposé aux éditions Néo et Corps 9 qui éditaient chacun une partie des aventures de Harry Dickson. Mais finalement ça ne s'est pas fait… Il y a quelques années, je voulais mettre en ligne Féerie 2 et Harry Dickson après remaniements mais le manque de temps...»

Le jeu de figurines "l'Arc et la Griffe" qui devait être édité initialement comme une extension de Féerie par Les elfes est 100% compatible. Il a été fait à partir des règles de Ost et de Féerie par Quentin Lequeux et Christophe Pineau. Quentin avait un magasin de Jeux à Poitiers à l'époque...


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:23 pm 
 

Very, very sad story  :cry:

  


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:51 pm 
 

I didn't know that story about the trial. Rather intriguing... Féérie was my favorite rpg for a while when it was published, even if I had few occasion to play it.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:04 pm 
 

Babel Fish version for those of us who do not know French:

. . . http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_ur ... =Translate

  

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:15 pm 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:Babel Fish version for those of us who do not know French:

. . . http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_ur ... =Translate


I always enjoy this kind of transaction :)
Féerie is not Fairyhood (it makes sense though) and Philippe Mercier become Philippe Draper  :lol:  :lol:

Salut Snorri! :) (je continue en anglais sinon on va se faire taper sur les doigts)
Are you still working on another version of Féerie?
I wonder if we could manage to decide P.Mercier to continue Féerie 2 with our help... He was interesting to work on it again but he told me that he have too many things to do actually (5-6 months ago).


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:34 pm 
 

Well, Malefices got a remake, so Feerie could too...  :wink:

  


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:17 pm 
 

I engaged the discussion with him, but just after fall under a moutain of work. Now, I got far much more free time, so it could be done - if there's a team of people whoc really wants to do it, I think he would agree - he send me a few samples of unpublished material about the world of Gahan.

For non-french players, Feerie was one of the first french rpgs (the second after l'Ultime épreuve, I think) in the middle of the eighties. It was a med-fan with a lot of sprites and fairies, and a good set of rules usind a skill system. It's a nice object for collectors, as the box was really smart, with a lot of material inside - a booklet for every spell caster class (and there was a lot), a DM screen, a "fight-disc", 3 rules booklets, a module and so on.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:49 am 
 

Alexander1968 wrote:Well, Malefices got a remake, so Feerie could too...  :wink:


A reprint of Maléfices was not one of the best idea though :) And the book is not very "sexy". I subscribed to have the "limited collector" edition several months before the release, and there is no difference between it and the standard version. Oh except a stamp and a number written... Really disappointing.

Hum, speaking about release, I remember that you offer to send me a paper copy of your magazine with the homemade Talisman 3rd edition characters I done. Did you print it finally or not? :) I didn't receive it.

snorri wrote:I engaged the discussion with him, but just after fall under a moutain of work. Now, I got far much more free time, so it could be done - if there's a team of people whoc really wants to do it, I think he would agree - he send me a few samples of unpublished material about the world of Gahan.


He sent me some materials as well. I guess it is same things, like a Gahan map with different populations (black, white, and so on). I offered him to designed the new map using photoshop and to change the name of populations (peuple noir, peuple jaune, etc, is not very appropriate nowadays...). I didn't take the time to go carefully through all his stuff.
I will have more time in February. So perhaps we could plan to contact him at this time, if it is ok for you too. Nicolas (Le rahib) is interested too.

snorri wrote:For non-french players, Feerie was one of the first french rpgs (the second after l'Ultime épreuve, I think) in the middle of the eighties.


There was several others before. IIRC at least Légendes (1983), Empire Galactique (83 or 84, I don't remember exactly the first release), Mega 1 (the J&S version). And perhaps other that I don't have in mind.
And the same year, 1985 (I don't know which one has been released first): Bitume, Maléfices, Nil le jeu du serpent, Rêve de Dragon. I think some others too. Can't remember.


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:42 am 
 

Briefly after our first issue Lulu costs experienced some MAJOR rises so we never printed anything anymore for contributors - everybody has to pay its own copy  :cry:

  

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:41 pm 
 

Alexander1968 wrote:Briefly after our first issue Lulu costs experienced some MAJOR rises so we never printed anything anymore for contributors - everybody has to pay its own copy  :cry:


Ok, no problem, just to know :)
So the issue exist? Which one is it?


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:53 pm 
 

Issues 20 and 21  8)  We have reached issue 26 by the way :wink:

  
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