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Moon Design Joins Chaosium Ownership Group

ShannonA

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This showed up in my mailbox a couple of hours ago, and has since been announced at Gen Con:
GREG STAFFORD ANNOUNCES NEW OWNERSHIP GROUP FOR CHAOSIUM AT GEN CON
2015 Diana Jones Award Winners Moon Design Publications welcomed as new management team

30 July 2015

GEN CON, Indianapolis - Greg Stafford, founder of the iconic game company Chaosium, used the "Future of Chaosium" seminar at Gen Con today to announce that Moon Design Publications has become part of the Chaosium ownership group.

The Michigan-based Moon Design acquired the rights to Stafford's legendary game setting Glorantha and the game systems RuneQuest and HeroQuest in 2013. It is the publisher of the critically acclaimed Guide to Glorantha, multiple nominee in this year's ENnie Awards, and winner of the 2015 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming.

Going forward, with Moon Design now part of the Chaosium ownership, Chaosium becomes the licensed publisher for RuneQuest, HeroQuest and other products related to Gloranthan universe, and will continue to publish the famous Call of Cthulhu line.

"I'm really excited to see Glorantha and RuneQuest return to their proper home in Chaosium," said Greg Stafford, "The band is now back together, and we're ready to rock on".

The four principals of Moon Design are the new management team of Chaosium. The new officers of the company are Rick Meints, President and Secretary; Jeff Richard, Vice President and Creative Director; Michael O'Brien, Vice President - Product Development & Community Outreach; and Neil Robinson, Chief Financial Officer.

"Our first priority is leveraging the experience from Moon Design's previous successful Kickstarters to fulfill everything the backers are waiting on for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition, said Rick Meints, new Chaosium President.

Greg Stafford, who founded Chaosium in 1975 and was its original creative force, becomes Chairman of the company's board of directors. Sandy Petersen, whose own involvement with Chaosium began in 1980, continues as a director of the company board, along with Meints, Richard, O'Brien and Robinson.

Chaosium will also continue to work in partnership with Sandy Petersen's Petersen Games, with upcoming releases including the Cthulhu Wars "Onslaught" expansion, and God's War, an epic boardgame set in Glorantha.

"I for one welcome our new Lunar overlords", said Sandy Petersen at the announcement.

For further information please contact:

Gen Con 2015 Chaosium Booth 501
Obviously, that's the other shoe dropping of Greg taking back Chaosium a few months ago.

My dearest hope is that means that HeroQuest and RuneQuest will get back into distribution properly (like Call of Cthulhu), not the converse. They're in distribution, but game store owners I talk to are reluctant to order from Moon Design because of their policies and/or minimums. Just having Call of Cthulhu and HeroQuest both available to satisfy those minimums will probably make all the difference ..

And my dearest congratulations to Rick, Jeff, and the other folks at Moon Design. I'm very happy that Greg has found people to entrust his legacy with.
 
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AJ the Ronin

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https://mobile.twitter.com/dorkland/tweets

From that I get:
1. Runequest is not only back at Chaosium but is replacing BRP
2. There a new Runequest coming
3. Chaosium used half a million dollars in shipping (I guess they used 7e money to ship HotOE since there isn't a single physical product from the 7e KS available)
 
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Wow! I am extraordinarily excited, not least because HeroQuest is one of my favourite systems of all time, because I grew up with Chasium producing RQ/CoC/Pendragon (and Elfquest, Ringworld, Superworld, etc, etc) and because the Moon Design chaps are absolutely awesome folks and Jeff and Rick, Neil and MOB are very safe hands. I'm a little uncertain about where this places RQ6 and the Design Mechanism, and the Pendragon licensees, but just wow. Chaosium were the first company who ever let me write a book (even if it turned in to the first monograph because of problems caused by the Mythos crash :( ) I think in my thirty odd years in the world of RPGs this may be the single most uplifting and happy announcement i have seen!
http://www.yog-sothoth.com/articles.html/_/main/moon-design-take-the-reins-at-chaosium
CJ x
 
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Wow, good and exciting news! I'm eager to learn how everything will fit together, about the future of the individual lines, and so on. However, I'm not too keen on another RQ version already, unless it's just a reprint under the Chaosium label.
 

AJ the Ronin

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Anyone knows if Ben, Dustin and Mike will remain with Chaosium?
 
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Dhammaṭṭho;19241932 said:
However, I'm not too keen on another RQ version already, unless it's just a reprint under the Chaosium label.
Come come, now, it's been over a year since RQ6 was released and it's showing its age. It's time for a new version! ;) All kidding aside, Loz has commented on the DM forums, and RQ6 will continue.
 

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I would not have guessed this, but in retrospect it makes perfect sense.
Good times will come from this.
Elfquest? Eternal Champion? Pendragon? Ringworld (as "Known Space")?
We can hope.

woohoo -- MW
 
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tomas

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All kidding aside, Loz has commented on the DM forums, and RQ6 will continue.
I guess my question is what does a new "version" even mean? They didn't say "edition" so I'm wondering how the two versions will differ.
 
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