With the Thanksgiving holiday tearing through your schedule recently, you may have missed the highlights of Mongoose Publishing’s State of the Mongoose 2006 for RPGs, for miniatures, and other projects. Mongoose’s Matthew Sprange was kind enough to reveal the tidbit that sales in the USA are down 20-25%, while they’ve sharply increased in the UK. He went on to mention general plans for the company’s many product lines, which included the following:
- RuneQuest will play host to Lankhmar, and a science fiction ruleset spin-off called SpaceQuest
- Babylon 5 will do a big Guide to the Station box set, which I expect will involve many maps. Support products following the Lost Tales DVDs will also be forthcoming, as well as novels approved by Mr Straczynski himself.
- Conan will get a second edition, and finally see the release of the Hyborian Bestiary
- The Orcbusters scenario, as well as other classics, will be brought up to date for Paranoia XP. Meanwhile, the Mandatory Bonus Fun card game has an expansion in the works.
Particularly cool is the planned re-release of the original Lone Wolf gamebooks, in “director’s cut” versions that Joe Dever himself is expanding. As if that weren’t enough, Mongoose plans new gamebooks featuring Banedon, a significant supporting character in the Lone Wolf books. But more importantly, “Mr. Dever is about to commence work on gamebooks 29-32, finally rounding off the epic tale that was started so many years ago.” Outstanding.