According to a post made on the official fan site for Serenity (the Firefly movie due next April), the recently established company Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd is looking for playtesters for a new RPG. Why post about it there? Good question, but I’m sure you can figure it out.
Serenitymovie.com post follows:
Posted: 08 Nov 2004 5:27 pm
Post subject: Playtesters Wanted for new RPG
I’m putting together a playtest and review team for an exciting new roleplaying game. The fans on this forum should find the subject matter of the game very shiny, a game produced by the brand-spankin’-new Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd.
I can’t give you the details quite yet, but if you’re interested please use the contact information below. Formal announcements will come soon, but I need to get a group of people who are willing to read material, try the game, and give honest and constructive feedback. All you need to do is sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and promise to do your best! The playtest/review team will receive a free copy of the finished product and will also be listed in the credits.
Please send me an e-mail regarding your interest in the project, your contact information, and a quick summary of your game experience and the types of RPG’s you prefer. (Newcomers to the hobby are welcome, though you might find yourself confounded in the beginning.)
Thanks everyone! I wish I could go into more detail, but I can’t just yet. Keep flying!
Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd.
Will there be a Mac version?
Since Margaret Weis has thus far been involved primarily in tabletop RPGs (as in, non-computer RPGs), I doubt it. But full details haven’t been released, so who knows?
Hmm. I wonder why she created this company when she already have Sovereign Press.
I suspect it’s some kind of spin off, given that Jamie was last I heard still at Sov. Stone.
More specically Sovereign press is dedicated to Dragonlance license. As quoted by her website:
“Sovereign Press will continue to publish and support the popular Dragonlance roleplaying game line, licensed to us from Wizards of the Coast. My staff and I have ideas for other very exciting new projects and, because some of these cross over from games into the book publishing field, we believe that they will be better served by coming out under a new banner, one that has direct ties into the book trade.”
D’oh! Ok… I was tired, and had had a rough day and thought this was a CRPG… sorry.
If Sovereign Press is exclusively publishing DRAGONLANCE, then what happen to their in-house game, SOVEREIGN STONE?
I would love to tell you about the game we’re playtesting, but it looks to be a few more weeks. Formal announcements will be forthcoming–and exciting!
We have two separate corporations now, Sovereign Press, Inc. and Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd. I serve as Vice President in both companies.
Thanks for letting us know, Jamie. There’s a lot of us eager to hear your announcement, whatever it turns out to be. 🙂
Again, I must ask, why are there two RPG publishing companies? Are the company’s goal differs? Are you worried there may be possible overlaps or conflict through competing products? Also, if you’re VP of both companies, do you get two paychecks?
Margaret has a number of new publishing ventures she has planned for the next few years, several of them with very strong sales and marketing plans for the book trade. Margaret’s name, as a New York Times best-selling author, carries a certain amount of weight in the book publishing circle. We have specific goals for Sovereign Press, which largely focus on publishing the Dragonlance line. Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd. will be building several new product lines that are different than anything Sovereign Press ever produced.
As for the payroll structure of the two companies, I’m just not at liberty to discuss it.
I hope that answers a few of your questions!
Any future plan for SOVEREIGN STONE, Jamie?
Rights to Sovereign Stone are reverting back to Elmore Productions, and it seems there are plans for Larry to work with another company to bring the game line back. Sovereign Press is going to work out providing materials from unpublished Sovereign Stone products for use in these plans. Once things shape up, we’ll probably have an official announcement (most likely in early January).
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