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I didn't care for it, but I think the one with the stones just came out at the wrong time.  If they had released that as the wave of hippie story games rose, it probably would have sold better.

You're right about licensed games' sales in general.  If they use Star Wars or Lord of the Rings as a yardstick, they should end up with more realistic expectations.
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BTW, someone mentioned Marvel didn't NEED to sell thye rights to make an TTRPG to third parties when they can hire freelance talent...

Is that a smart bussiness move?

For another company, I'd say no.  But, Marvel's history is in publishing.  They know how to get things on paper and get them in front of buyers.  They have all the art they need.  They just need to pay for a different kind of writer and editor.  I'd have to assume they crunched the numbers and thought it was worth taking a stab at it.

Jaeger's point that only D&D does D&D numbers is probably the bigger problem for them.  With the popularity of print comics in the past and the movies now, it seems like there should be a bigger market for a Marvel or DC game.  There's a good chance they'll overestimate, overproduce, and take a bath on it, instead of growing a smaller and sustainable fan base.
They've done this before. The Marvel Universe RPG (the one with stones) was published in-house, and fizzled. There have been endless licensed RPGs based on major properties, from Marvel to James Bond, Star Wars, and Star Trek. None of them have ever managed to break D&D's lock on the market, and the non-D&D RPG market is too small to get the sales figure they seem to expect.
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BTW, someone mentioned Marvel didn't NEED to sell thye rights to make an TTRPG to third parties when they can hire freelance talent...

Is that a smart bussiness move?

For another company, I'd say no.  But, Marvel's history is in publishing.  They know how to get things on paper and get them in front of buyers.  They have all the art they need.  They just need to pay for a different kind of writer and editor.  I'd have to assume they crunched the numbers and thought it was worth taking a stab at it.

Jaeger's point that only D&D does D&D numbers is probably the bigger problem for them.  With the popularity of print comics in the past and the movies now, it seems like there should be a bigger market for a Marvel or DC game.  There's a good chance they'll overestimate, overproduce, and take a bath on it, instead of growing a smaller and sustainable fan base. 
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Genuine gothic horror just doesn’t appeal to people anymore.

Although you can certainly argue how well it implemented, the initial appeal of the Demiplane of Dread is that it was essentially about byronic heroes/gothic villains trapped in their own personal hells with a bunch of other innocent people dragged along for the ride (who may or may not be shades in purgatory anyway). The PCs were interlopers and risked becoming exactly those sorts of byronic/gothic tragedies.

It doesn’t fit with the surreal Wonderland-esque freakshow that modern D&D has become. That might be appropriate for Planescape, but not a genre where deception and xenophobia are vital.

Greetings!

Very interesting and salient commentary, BoxCrayonTales! I agree. A campaign milieu that deeply embraces attitudes and common world views of deception and xenophobia is precisely interesting, fun, and distinctive--because so much of our own society--theoretically at least--applauds and expects the entire opposite, of everyone at all times. It is very sad and unfortunate that more and more people seem to also maniacally insist and demand that fantasy game campaigns must also conform absolutely to our own real-world cultural standards.

It really does testify to how deeply impoverished and uncultured so many people are today in regards to being truly creative, and educated in history, mythology, classic literature, and just the glories and joys of the imagination.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK
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Other Games / Re: Dwarves! - A Minecraft Roleplaying Server
« Last post by DwarvesRoleplay on Today at 09:44:55 AM »
With work ongoing in the background for preparation for the new world, why not check out our Wiki?

Wiki!
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Seduction? I have seen it come to good use.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: More Liberal Lunacy!
« Last post by Trond on Today at 09:38:23 AM »
  The latest thing "critical race theory", which should just be called "Hate Whitey" to get right to the point and stop attempting to hide something with a pretentious name, is sure looking like borderline evil.   Hell maybe that shit works and you can convince the majority of the country to bow to whatever made up bullshit you want to attempt to hang around their necks.  It could also force people into a corner where they decide if someone has to go, maybe they can make these fucktards go instead of willingly taking much more of this bullshit.

"Diversity" has also changed from actual diversity to "not straight white men".
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Genuine gothic horror just doesn’t appeal to people anymore.

Although you can certainly argue how well it implemented, the initial appeal of the Demiplane of Dread is that it was essentially about byronic heroes/gothic villains trapped in their own personal hells with a bunch of other innocent people dragged along for the ride (who may or may not be shades in purgatory anyway). The PCs were interlopers and risked becoming exactly those sorts of byronic/gothic tragedies.
That's an excellent summary of how Ravenloft is presented. The problem is, it's built on the D&D's chassis, so it inevitably becomes a game of D&D with a few gothic tropes. The exploration of personal horror and temptation isn't really suited to a group game with levels and an endless need for new monsters.

IMO, Ravenloft works best when it's D&D nature is central, and the gothic elements are used as an accent. The original module isn't a bad example. While it brings in a doomed villain and a backstory, it doesn't forget that the villain is there for the PCs to kill, or the dungeon full of monsters and loot.
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And thats why I could never finish The Silmarillion
I did finish the Silmarillion and I am about 99 percent certain none of this shit was in it.

Look at this! LOOK AT IT!

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Cordeliah Logsdon – Gondor in Transition: A Brief Introduction to Transgender Realities in The Lord of the Rings
Clare Moore – The Problem of Pain: Portraying Physical Disability in the Fantasy of J. R. R. Tolkien
V. Elizabeth King – “The Burnt Hand Teaches Most About Fire”: Applying Traumatic Stress and Ecological Frameworks to Narratives of Displacement and Resettlement Across Cultures in Tolkien’s Middle-earth
Christopher Vaccaro – Pardoning Saruman?: The Queer in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Sultana Raza – Projecting Indian Myths, Culture and History onto Tolkien’s Worlds
Nicholas Birns – The Lossoth: Indigeneity, Identity, and Antiracism
Kristine Larsen – The Problematic Perimeters of Elrond Half-elven and Ronald English-Catholic
Cami Agan – Hearkening to the Other: Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth
Sara Brown – The Invisible Other: Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack’
Sonali Chunodkar – Desire of the Ring: An Indian Academic’s Adventures in her Quest for the Perilous Realm
Robin Reid – Queer Atheists, Agnostics, and Animists, Oh, My!
Joel Merriner – Hidden Visions: Iconographies of Alterity in Soviet Bloc Illustrations for The Lord of the Rings
Eric Reinders – Questions of Caste in The Lord of the Rings and its Multiple Chinese Translations
Dawn Walls-Thumma – Stars Less Strange: An Analysis of Fanfiction and Representation within the Tolkien Fan Community
Danna Petersen-Deeprose – “Something Mighty Queer”: Destabilizing Cishetero Amatonormativity in the Works of Tolkien
Martha Celis-Mendoza – Translation as a means of representation and diversity in Tolkien’s scholarship and fandom
What the flying fuck IS this? Transgender realities in LOTR? WHAT? The queer in LOTR?! WHAT?! WHAT?!?

... I'm okay. I'm OKAY. Really. I just... fuck every one of these fucking useless ass bandit clowns for shitting in something I have fucking LOVED since I was a kid! God DAMN I am pissed off now. All I want to do is go full Spider Jerusalem and fill this text box with 'fuck' over and over till the keys melt off my keyboard!

Ehhh, you are assuming that any of these academic whores actually believe what they write.  The really stupid ones do, for sure, but the rest are just writing what the current zeitgeist finds popular.  This is publish or perish at its finest.  Once everything has been said about a well-researched author, you have to start saying outlandished crap in order to even have a chance at getting that glorious lifetime professorial post.  I'd have more respect for them if they did believe their own garbage, rather than just being the intellectual prostitutes they mostly are...
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Genuine gothic horror just doesn’t appeal to people anymore.

Although you can certainly argue how well it implemented, the initial appeal of the Demiplane of Dread is that it was essentially about byronic heroes/gothic villains trapped in their own personal hells with a bunch of other innocent people dragged along for the ride (who may or may not be shades in purgatory anyway). The PCs were interlopers and risked becoming exactly those sorts of byronic/gothic tragedies.

It doesn’t fit with the surreal Wonderland-esque freakshow that modern D&D has become. That might be appropriate for Planescape, but not a genre where deception and xenophobia are vital.
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