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Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby loz » Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:37 pm

The recent news that Moon Design Publications’ management team (Rick Meints, Jeff Richard, Neil Robinson and Michael O’Brien) would be taking over at the helm of Chaosium has naturally created a lot of interest and speculation. It has clear implications for the Design Mechanism, and Pete and I would like to issue a statement making clear to everyone where we stand as a company and where RuneQuest stands as a game system. We cannot and will not speculate or discuss Chaosium’s existing game systems such as Call of Cthulhu, Basic Roleplaying or Magic World.

We (Design Mechanism) license the RuneQuest trademark from Moon Design Publications. We entered into a licensing agreement that comes up for renewal around this time next year and part of the contract and business plan I proposed when first negotiating the license was to insist in a full review and assessment of our progress with RuneQuest as a property. Our license is not perpetual, and that review process had already begun before the recent announcement.

With Moon Design now becoming part of Chaosium, the RuneQuest trademark transfers to Chaosium – its place of birth. Until the license we have expires next year, RuneQuest will continue to be published by the Design Mechanism and the core rules will remain in print. From July 2016, the following will take place:

    1. RuneQuest reverts to Chaosium.
    2. Pete and myself will become the new lead writers for RuneQuest as a Chaosium brand line with specific responsibilities for developing the system and its supplements.
    3. The Design Mechanism as a company will continue. Chaosium and Design Mechanism have signed a new contract whereby we can continue to write, produce and distribute our own RuneQuest supplements, and can continue to support the lines we have already started to develop.
    4. The RuneQuest 6 mechanics remain the core of the system, but as the trademark is now held by Chaosium, we have been contracted to develop a new version of the game based in Glorantha called, simply, ‘RuneQuest’. This game will appear in July 2016 (or possibly earlier). This new version will roll together all the work we have done on ‘Adventures in Glorantha’ into a standalone RuneQuest game.
    5. At that point, RuneQuest 6 will go out of print as its own title. Design Mechanism will find ways of ensuring full compatibility across our supplements, the new version and RQ6.
    6. Effectively immediately, Chaosium will sell Design Mechanism’s existing (and future) books through its various channels. Indeed, this increases Design Mechanism’s exposure, extends its reach and removes a huge administrative burden from the shoulders of a two-man team.

Pete and I are delighted to be working with Chaosium. We are pleased to be able to return RuneQuest to Chaosium stronger than it has been since it left home for Avalon Hill back in the mid 1980s. Even better, it comes back to a revitalised Chaosium that carries a clear mandate of excellence, transparency and commitment to its fans and creative contributors. We are especially happy to have the opportunity to work closely with Rick, Jeff, Neil and Mike and to become part of the Chaosium family. But what makes this even more special is that the Design Mechanism carries on as a company, continues to publish and support RuneQuest, and will always engage with its loyal and faithful fans.

More details will emerge as various pieces come together. We will communicate and discuss them with you just as we always have. Pete and I really are excited and happy with the new direction and we hope you will share our enthusiasm and optimism for the future!

Long Live Design Mechanism!
Long Live Chaosium!
Long Live RuneQuest!

Lawrence Whitaker and Pete Nash
July 31st, 2015
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Pentallion » Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:46 pm

Sooooo, how can I get a hold of one of those AiG copies you had at GenCon seeing as AiG evidently isn't coming out for another year now?
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby loz » Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:59 pm

Pentallion wrote:Sooooo, how can I get a hold of one of those AiG copies you had at GenCon seeing as AiG evidently isn't coming out for another year now?


If we have any copies remaining after GenCon, we'll make them available here. But if we sell out, all I can say is, watch eBay...!
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Akrasia » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:06 pm

A very positive development for RuneQuest!

(Although it's a pity that a 'setting-neutral' version of the game no longer will be available.)
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Jason » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:13 pm

Well I am very pleased to hear that

A) You and Pete are not out of jobs. I was a little worried when I saw your names not mentioned in the Chaosium press release.
B) That Runequest and Glorantha will be "one" again

I am very disappointed that AIG will not be released, but will be rolled into Runequest a year from now. I had been holding off on starting a Glorantha campaign because I thought it was just around the corner.
Im going to be hitting the refresh button on my browser from now until I know every last copy of the AIG preview has been sold.
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Loki-lie-Smith » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:34 pm

Hi. New here.

I guess I'm posting to pledge alliance to our new overlords. It nice to see Runequest and Golanthara back under Chaosium.

Question: The new team plan to continue supporting Call of Cthulhu 7th edition once the kickstarter is fulfilled?
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Bilharzia » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:47 pm

Loki-lie-Smith wrote:Hi. New here.

I guess I'm posting to pledge alliance to our new overlords. It nice to see Runequest and Golanthara back under Chaosium.

Question: The new team plan to continue supporting Call of Cthulhu 7th edition once the kickstarter is fulfilled?


You might want to ask Chaosium that, as this is the forum for The Design Mechanism (RuneQuest) :P
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Loki-lie-Smith » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:59 pm

Chaosium doesn't have a forum and they are notoriously bad at communications.

I'll admit that I'm not sure where the proverbial line between Design Mechanism and Moon Design lies.
All I know that Moon Design is now in charge of Chaosium yet Runequest (with the excellent 6th edition by Design Mechanism...got almost all the PDFs) will be under the Chaosium banner.


Considering that the information about the future of Runequest is clearer (as this post show) and the new management has a working relationship with the company, I thought this was a good place as any to get some answers (after all the only thing mentioned about CoC is that they want to fulfill the KS and nothing else).

That said, I apologize. Looking forward to reading once again Runequest and Golanthara under the same cover.
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Bilharzia » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:11 pm

As far as I know TDM has nothing to do with CoC, any edition. You could try the Moon Design forum http://www.glorantha.com/, or more likely, this thread on Yog-Sothoth:
http://www.yog-sothoth.com/topic/28943- ... -chaosium/
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Re: Chaosium, Design Mechanism and RuneQuest: Statement

Postby Redcrow » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:26 pm

Since RQ6 will only remain for another year or so, are there still plans to release some of the other supplements that were in the works for it like Classic Fantasy, Mythic Greece, etc.?
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