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Gale Force 9 Gets "Dune" License, with Modiphius RPG


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"The License Has Awakened!"

This is a surprise, at least for me, as Dune seemed to be on the list of "IPs that aren't likely to be licensed to a TTRPG again anytime soon". It's probably too soon to confirm if this will be another evolution of 2D20, but I don't see why it couldn't work here.


Gale Force Nine(GF9) has reached a multi-year licensing agreement with Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties, LLC to bring the expansive Dune sci-fi franchise to tabletop gaming.
As master licensee, GF9 will produce original tabletop games drawing from the extensive DUNE franchise – including printed work by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson, as well as direct tie-ins with Legendary’s upcoming film directed by Denis Villeneuve (see “Animated 'Batman Hush,' Zazie Beetz in Talks for 'Joker,' 'Dune' Casting, 'Prophet' Optioned”).

“This is only the beginning of our big plans in tabletop for this captivating franchise,” said John-Paul Brisigotti, CEO of GF9. “Dune is a rich and wonderful universe, and we expect to produce an equally expansive and inspired line of games for years to come.”

“Gale Force Nine has consistently demonstrated a skill and passion for building successful tabletop game series alongside category leading partners and we are thrilled to announce this exciting addition to the Dune licensing program,” said Jamie Kampel, Vice President of Licensing & Partnerships for Legendary. “Legendary looks forward to a fun and meaningful contribution to this revered legacy property.”

The full range of products, including board and miniatures games, are scheduled to release just prior to the upcoming Dune theatrical release in 2020. GF9 plans to align with other game companies in numerous categories and formats for future releases as well.

“With this master license, we are excited to collaborate with our peers and leverage their unique expertise to realize a complete spectrum of game types and authentic experiences,” said Brisigotti. Slated for late 2019, their first collaboration is a tabletop role-playing game from Modiphius, publisher of popular licensed games including Star Trek Adventures, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, Conan, Mutant Chronicles, Achtung! Cthulhu, and Tales from the Loop.

The licensing deal was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who will manage the Dune license for GF9 and assist in business development with Brisigotti.

Herbert Properties LLC is managed by the Herbert family, and is copyright holder for the Dune series. Frank Herbert first published the bestselling Dune in 1965, and wrote five sequels to the popular novel. After his death in 1986, his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson expanded the series with 14 additional books.
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Huh, I agree, I didn't think Dune would be licensed for RPGs again. That's cool, I'll await any release with interest.


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I hope they keep the Brian/Kevin material rigidly separate from the proper stuff.
God, yes. There’s only one time I ever returned a book I read to the store for credit, and it was the first of their books. Frankly, I feel like they owe me significant cash for the time I lost forever reading it.


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Huh, I agree, I didn't think Dune would be licensed for RPGs again. That's cool, I'll await any release with interest.
I suspect it was a more general tabletop game license that enabled an RPG, rather than specifically an RPG license.


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Not a threadcrap, but an honest question: Why is this a desirable license? What even is there to do in Dune?


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<snip> Why is this a desirable license? What even is there to do in Dune?
There's galactic level intrigue, or squad-level missions for nobility, and much in between... you can do anything and everywhere, subject to your imagination.
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I've been trying to think of something more articulate to say than "YES!" but I decided to give up.
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