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  1. It's the artwork, visual representation of the monsters. That's what's needed for producing a miniature. Basically we told them they could use our art as a basis for creating the miniatures.
  2. Thanks, we'll get through it okay, I think. People are justifiably enraged at the whole situation, and it ripples out to us for being the headliner. The analogy is if Reaper licensed the right to use photographs of miniatures, to someone doing the "Art Book of Reaper Miniatures," and then the art-book Kickstarter failed, it's not on Reaper's financial watch, but it would hurt. Obviously Reaper wouldn't be obligated to try to fulfill the Kickstarter or refund the money people paid to the guy doing the Kickstarter, but there's backlash. That's essentially the situation we just have to weather at this point. Falstius, it's true that they can't design more, but they can sell them over a 5 year term that was presumably to be renewed when it hit. We're not going to get in CSM's way if they come up with a solution, but the Mortal Arrow proposal was rejected by CSM before we did, for reasons unknown. The only reason we weighed in on it was for transparency and to make sure CSM didn't waste time on further negotiations with MA, given that we would not have gone along with it.
  3. This is Matt FInch from Frog God. I have posted the relevant parts of our contract with CSM, and the letter from Mortal Arrow, along with information about our licensing fee and the amount we didn't get paid, and the amount we did. It's on the Updates on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/centerstageminis/tome-of-horrors-complete-28mm-heroic-scale-miniatu/posts/1048470 That's where the discussion is, but for a chronological read I also posted it here: http://froggodgames.org/blog/regarding-center-stage-miniatures We're trying to be as transparent as possible about the whole transaction. We made an awful mistake by accepting CSM's request to do these minis, and it's definitely going to bite us to some degree. But that's life in the big city, CSM also owes us money, and we take a hit to our reputation despite the fact that we didn't do anything wrong other than agreeing to allow someone to make miniatures from our monster book and pay us a fee. We spread the word like anyone does with Kickstarters, and lots of our fans bought these minis because they love the Tome of Horrors. As I said, we've posted up all the documentation we have, in the interest of transparency, for those who want to see our role in it.
  4. Hi guys! That sentence is confusing; we're able to produce the books now, under existing licenses (OGL/SRD). We meant to indicate that additional licensing might or might not be negotiated during the course of the Kickstarter. When that's listed as a "risk," it's misleading, so I will ask Chris to remove the sentence entirely if we're able to modify that section of the page. Matt Finch
  5. Vegepygmy? I might be about to up my pledge. I'm off to go see.
  6. The pictures aren't concept art for mini poses, they're just the illustrations that were in the monster book. I imagine that some concept art will start to emerge as the days pass. I actually think this is going to be a pretty big one. Matt is well known, and Tome of Horrors is mega-name-brand. The only downside is that he has three Kickstarters all at one time, which is a lot of work. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be shocked if this one topped a million in sales. Mildly surprised, but not shocked.
  7. The Frog God Games version (S&W Complete) has art from the Necromancer Games portfolio, so it is very good art.
  8. Thanks, guys! If anyone else has suggestions, please post them!
  9. For the Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter, Frog God Games has just reached a new bonus goal ($45,000), and we need to put up a new goal. Everyone here has been following the white-hot development of the Reaper stretch goals, and if anyone would like to help us with ideas for bonus goals on Swords & Wizardry please let us know your ideas. If you've already pledged (and we got lots of people joining during the Reaper KS as a result of the pdf), you can post in the comments. If you're not a member but you have a great idea for a bonus goal, please post in this thread and I'll read it. Comments for the Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter are here: Thanks! Matt Finch
  10. Basic resources on Swords & Wizardry: The forums are at http://www.swordsandwizardry.com/forum/index.php Frog God Games sells lots of modules, books, and the rules (rule books are sold out but the Kickstarter will produce more). FGG is at http://www.talesofthefroggod.com/ If you play Pathfinder, there is a double-whammy for you because most of the Swords & Wizardry material is available for Pathfinder, too. My blog is here: http://swordsandwizardry.blogspot.com/ The blog has links to many other Swords & Wizardry blogs and websites. I have a lulu (print-on-demand) store with several modules and with Knockspell Magazine at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mythmere
  11. That's why he's going to be doing the cover on the rulebook. Pictures of him playing Swords & Wizardry also to be found on the net ...
  12. Or if you're enjoying the WotC playtest, check out the S&W rules. :) They're based on 0E.
  13. One thing I have always liked is that you can customize characters mid-game with things like (and this happened at NorthTexas RPGCon), "You made 8 saving throws against poison in a row. You are so inoculated that as the DM I declare you have a +1 save against poison forever after." It's not like you can't do that in a modern game, but there is less (zero) complex balancing in the older games like Swords & Wizardry. I think it's a good fit with the deadly feel of the Reaper minis, too. :)
  14. Yes, for players who like to micro-customize their characters, it's like stepping off a curb accidentally. I won't claim for a second that it's a one-size-fits-all game. However, the very open-ended game style is actually so old that it feels revolutionary for many gamers who started playing D&D with 3e. I will say one thing in definite, absolute terms, though -- it is a really great way to introduce kids to an RPG. It doesn't talk down to them, but it's easier to get started playing fast than with a more complex character build and/or more granular rules.
  15. Hey everyone, I'll try to answer any questions about Swords & Wizardry here because I don't want to sidetrack the comments feed on the Kickstarter itself, where everything needs to be focused like a laser beam on the minis. As Haldir said, pretty much, although the Complete Swords & Wizardry is still technically the original D&D, just before they came out with Advanced D&D. However, it plays very much like Advanced D&D, with some "WTF is this rule??" moments, both good and also, occasionally, bad. :) Aside from being the best alternative (IMO) for a very bare-bones fantasy RPG, it happens to be really good for introducing kids how to play the game, which works REALLY well if you happen to have kids, paints, and over 225 unpainted miniatures.
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