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maded

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the_seraph said:
There ya go man - one Instant Message sent via RPG.net ... hope you enjoy.


And to bring this back on topic, do you think that SteamWorks could work... IIIIIIIIIIINNN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE?!?!?!
It can and it has :D My gaming group explored the Aetheric Ocean surrounding the world in large balloons...

The SteamWorks campaign setting has been around a lot longer than anyone suspects; I created it initially (dare I say it?) as soon as D&D 3.0 came out (I was reading the Steampunk comic book at that time), and it was my campaign setting of choice for that game for over two years. I was going to submit it to the setting search that Wizards had (you know, the one that Eberron won out in), but by the time I actually heard about it and had it all typed up, the deadline was done.

Yes, I play D&D, lol. But for the past year and a half, d20 gaming's been more the choice of my players than my own. I much prefer Omni. And that's why I began to feverishly work on converting SteamWorks over to Omni, before I even submitted the setting to Scott. Then he announced a setting search of sorts for Morrigan Press, and the SteamWorks flame was reignited within me.

But all this isn't really on topic ;)

Back to TTA...any more news on the progress anyone?
 

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Hasta la victoria siempre
maded said:
SNIP

But all this isn't really on topic ;)

Back to TTA...any more news on the progress anyone?
Yes and no. Suffice to say for right now that we've suffered a slight setback (a legal issue) but it IS being resolved and, in all honesty, this will actually work out for the better from both Morrigan and TTA fans. Expect and fairly major and exciting TTA annoucement shortly (as soon as the ink is dry on the paper).

Cheers,
Scott Agnew
Morrigan Press Inc.
 

Dan Davenport

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Morrigan Press said:
Yes and no. Suffice to say for right now that we've suffered a slight setback (a legal issue) but it IS being resolved and, in all honesty, this will actually work out for the better from both Morrigan and TTA fans. Expect and fairly major and exciting TTA annoucement shortly (as soon as the ink is dry on the paper).

Cheers,
Scott Agnew
Morrigan Press Inc.
My guess: SOMEbody got the okay to use the Galactic Encounters books. :cool:
 

uncle_wilf

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Dan Davenport said:
My guess: SOMEbody got the okay to use the Galactic Encounters books. :cool:
My guess: Someone said, "Actually, you don't have the rights to use that... but it was kind of cool... do you want more..?"

Gordon
 

the_seraph

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maded said:
It can and it has :D My gaming group explored the Aetheric Ocean surrounding the world in large balloons...

The SteamWorks campaign setting has been around a lot longer than anyone suspects; I created it initially (dare I say it?) as soon as D&D 3.0 came out (I was reading the Steampunk comic book at that time), and it was my campaign setting of choice for that game for over two years. I was going to submit it to the setting search that Wizards had (you know, the one that Eberron won out in), but by the time I actually heard about it and had it all typed up, the deadline was done.

Yes, I play D&D, lol. But for the past year and a half, d20 gaming's been more the choice of my players than my own. I much prefer Omni. And that's why I began to feverishly work on converting SteamWorks over to Omni, before I even submitted the setting to Scott. Then he announced a setting search of sorts for Morrigan Press, and the SteamWorks flame was reignited within me.

But all this isn't really on topic ;)

Back to TTA...any more news on the progress anyone?
Yaknow, you sound like my alter ego or something. My players... heck in 2 states for the past 5 years... are D&D fanatics. I keep dragging them into Talislanta. Some of them like it, others don't. On the plus side, my Atlantis game that fizzled out towards the tail end of my wife's pregnancy may be dead, but at least one of my players (who wasn't in on the Atlantis game) picked up the book during our last gaming session (which was Star Wars) and started working on an Atlantis character between rounds! Woot!

I've got several settings that are perennial favorites that I may or may not ever convert into Omni. One of them is a quasi-Victorian steam-punk-ish themed version of D&D... so I may just try and integrate SteamWorks into it.

In any case, my original question of SteamWorks (SW!) in space was an idle curiousity about a low-tech space genre... I just read a sci-fi book... er... ahh bugger can't remember the name... in any case, the descriptions of the space ship interiors were a sort of quasi-Victorian submarine style - all polished brass fittings, no windows, pressure, and steam - and that made me think about SteamWorks ...
IIIIIIIIIIINNN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE.
 

Hatrax

Indecipherable Scrawler
Well, folks, I can finally tell you all what's been going on... everybody sit around the fire and pull up a chair.

Morrigan Press would like to make the following announcement concerning the status of the TTA books and related projects (and yes, it is GOOD NEWS, but it started off a little scary…)

It was Eleventh Hour at TTA HQ. The new Spacecraft 2100-2200 AD went to press about two weeks ago. The writing and artistic crews set their sights on finishing up the RPG book while K. Scott Agnew, president of Morrigan, went on a well-deserved family vacation.

On May 9, Scott returned to the office to find a message from Stewart Cowley, original author and compiler of the TTA books, in his inbox.

“Great!” He thought. After all, we at Morrigan had been trying to contact Mr. Cowley for months, hoping to include him or at least get his stamp of approval on the new material.

Then Scott read the message. There was a problem.

When Morrigan originally sought to license the TTA franchise, Scott approached Hamlyn Publishing, which asserted that it owned the rights to the TTA books. A deal was negotiated and advance royalties paid to Hamlyn.

In his message, however, Mr. Cowley asserted that he owned the copyright on the TTA books, and in fact had been the holder of said copyright since 1990.

A flurry of phone calls and e-mails later, it was confirmed that there had indeed been, to put it mildly, a slight oversight. Mr. Cowley did own the rights to the books. Hamlyn had somehow misfiled or otherwise overlooked this fact, and so had licensed a property that they had not owned for sixteen years.

I’ve got a bridge here, by the way. Nice bridge. Real ornate. It’d look good spanning whatever river you choose.

The contract was dead. Hamlyn returned the royalty money. And Scott and myself were busy searching our local areas for nice, high cliffs to drive off of. Was six months of work about to go up in smoke?

Well… it’s a wonderful thing in life when one of your childhood heroes turns out to be a really nice and helpful fellow...

Mr. Cowley immediately made it clear that he had no wish to obstruct the project. He let us know that he was certain that everything we had been doing was in the true spirit of the original books. Once he had made sure that we weren’t some wildcatter organization attempting to rip him off, it was clear that there was the matter of a new deal to be forged… which it was.

The bottom line: Stewart Cowley is officially back in the TTA saddle!!! He’s aboard ship, back on the command deck, and will be contributing to future TTA releases. Best of all, everything from here on out is going to have the official Cowley blessing and seal of approval.

As I spent the long, lonely hours in front of my computer this past winter, away from my wife and friends, crafting the sights and sounds of the new Spacecraft and the RPG book, I often wondered about Stewart Cowley. I had been introduced to his works as a young lad, and his stories, more than any other… more than Star Wars, Star Trek, or Space 1999… profoundly influenced me, set me on the path to writing, and got me to dream about the future. When I was hired by Morrigan to work on the TTA series, it was a dream come true. But… I was disappointed that Mr. Cowley was not aboard. I had no idea if he was aware of what we were doing or even cared. I hoped that one day I might get word from him, that he would see what we were doing with the universe he so lovingly created, and get a nod of approval. Now… it’s so much better than that. We will be working together, crafting new elements and exploring new facets of the ever-fascinating TTA universe. It’s not every person who can truly say that they get to work with one of their idols… and we at Morrigan Press are very fortunate and thankful to be among them!

More news to come soon. Stay tuned.

--Jeff Lilly—
 
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blizack

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Wow. Wowie wow wow.

I'm glad to hear that you got everything worked out with Mr. Cowley. It looks like you're actually better off now, after all the confusion and (I'm sure) tense moments.
 

Dan Davenport

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That's fantastic news, Jeff! I can't imagine what those tense days of waiting to hear from Stewart Cowley, but I'm overjoyed for you that it paid off!

Just out of curiousity, does he own the copyright to his Galactic Encounters work as well?
 
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