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  1. 16 hours ago, Zoxe said:

    Dreadnaught assembly. One of two. Moving slow, the resin looked good at first glance but the way it assembled requires a lot of coaxing to ensure it looks straight.

    Big, big ships. At least 1 will be on the table at Gencon. 


    I really want to see these all in person at Gencon. Let's make sure we set a time to meet up.

  2. 12 hours ago, RomyCat said:

    I was given Arkham Horror card game for Christmas but have yet to play it. School is almost out so I need to re-read the rules and give it a shot.

    Yes, you do. I have said it before and will say it again, one of the best games around. It might not feel that way when you first start, the beginner scenario doesn't really show off what this game can do, but it is worth sticking to it. I promise.

  3. 2 minutes ago, Adam said:

    Indeed. Hopefully it gets those kids into a better situation for them, give them a chance. My daughter will be 2 1/2 in about 3 weeks, and I CANNOT imagine how anyone can do to a child that age what these people are alleged to have done.

    I mean, it wrecks me inside when I tell my daughter she can't have ice cream at 7:00 at night and she starts to cry.

    I feel like that when I don't want to take my dog for a walk. Can't imagine how it is with kids. Must be brutal. 

  4. 52 minutes ago, Serge Darveau said:

    The sad truth is that it will hurt the consumer most of all. Even a 25% tariff doesn't get US companies close to beating China on production prices. In my experience, US manufacturing for board games is about double what it is in China. That tariff would need to be about 100%. But, I am not an expert at all.

  5. 7 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

    I wonder if US game creators will turn to US manufacturing.

    p.s. This is what that frickin' trump did to my Canadian mulch...

    Wow. This is going to put some small companies under that are waiting for KS fulfillment orders to come in from overseas. Ouch.

  6. We had a great weekend of gaming. It was cold and rainy here so stayed indoors and played some oldies bit goodies. Memoir 44, Camel Up, and Evolution. Also, smoked some St. Louis Style Spare Ribs. My best work yet. I think I am getting it down.

  7. 1 minute ago, Barb Bliss said:

    As I can't look at most of this stuff, can someone one summarize what's so insane?

    OMG, I don't know if I have time....I will try my best

    •  Guy launches Game of Thrones card game with signatures from stars of show and GRR Martin on items
    •  The page is terribly amateurish
    •  Says he spoke to VP at HBO and secured rights
    •  Changes KS text to read that he doesn't need rights
    • Verbally abusive with KS commenters
    •  A backer finds a you tube vid of the creator harshly verbally abusing his children. Was no video of actual scene, just verbal. Camera was on some video game he was streaming
    •  KS commenters get in touch with police in creator's hometown and are actively archiving video.
    •  Creator changes KS avatar to a woman and writes that she is actually the creator of the game.
    •  KS is shut down.
    •  He launches on Indiegogo which I believe is shut down now.
    •  Today he launches again saying that it is not the same person.

    I am sure I missed a lot but those are the salient points

  8. 3 minutes ago, Zoe said:

    Yeah. Like. What the fuck.

    Can corroborate those photos with the guy's Facebook, for what it's worth. And the names, obviously.


    11 minutes ago, Adam said:

    I have NO words for this.

  9. 3 minutes ago, Serge Darveau said:

    Just begun to read the comments, almost same style.

    This is insane. I was hoping it was a joke. Maybe a backer from the first campaign trying to be funny. Even that would've been in poor taste after the last one ended. This is worse.

  10. Great thread!

    A few months ago, I was sleeping and had a strange dream. I was at a cookout on some Sunday afternoon. The party was quite large, a few hundred people, large white tent, many tables. A friend from college was playing in the band that was entertaining the party goers. Out of nowhere, fierce winds started to blow and rain came down in a torrent. The hosts began handing out clear plastic tarps to everyone to cut a head hole in and wear for protection. As I put mine on, I noticed that there was something rolling on the grass in the high winds. I couldn't make out what it was as it rolled up onto my tarp covered leg. Once it stopped rolling, I could clearly see that it was a mouse about the size of a house cat. I kicked it off my leg......

    And that is when I woke up. I was in massive pain as I had just kicked the wall next to my bed as hard as I could. My immediate thought was that I had broken my toe. Sawdust, who had been sleeping on the bed next to me was clearly freaked out. It hurt like a son of a bitch.

    My toenail fell off and, I think, it is growing back slowly now. 

  11. 1 hour ago, Thomas Browne said:

    Nod.  Yeah, I'm sure DMG has had more than a few things go one with Licensing - and you aren't even usually dealing with derivative work.

    Because GoT is based on the "A Song of Fire and Ice" books, HBO would only be able to grant the license for the name "Game of Thrones" (as that IS their property) -- but the use of any other character/names/etc would not be covered by that.  As people have pointed out - most of those rights are held by FFG or CMON , or going back to George and his publisher if FFG and CMON don't have exclusive rights.

    I'm not a lawyer, let alone an IP specialist - but I have read/learned about IP stuff for various reasons (ranging from various open source coding, to friends who write fan fiction, to playtesting board games/reprints of OOP games).  So I'm not completely unfamiliar with the issues.

    I do have a little bit of experience with licensing, nothing ever as big as GoT though. In my experience, it is a long, slow process that involves a number of people and/or separate companies that all must approve each individual product to be released under that IP. For some larger companies, and I am guessing this would be true of this franchise, there is another company involved for their brand management and licensing opportunities. Typically, a company would deal only with the company hired to build branding of that IP. All approvals would go through the brand management company, without direct access to the owner of the IP directly. I find it odd, to say the least, that a VP at HBO would simply sign off on a product, especially for the monster IP that is GoT.

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