Friday, 11 August 2017

Day 11. Which 'dead game' would you like to see reborn?

Until Cubicle 7's announcement of winning the Warhammer Fantasy Role Play license, my answer would have been, well, WFRP. In the first quarter of 2008, Black Library ceased publishing WFRP in partnership with Green Ronin. Fantasy Flight Games picked up the license and ran the property into the ground with a Third Edition (3E).

In the intervening 10 year gap, I wanted to see a Second Edition Second Edition (2E). I watched the space, nothing. 3E floundered in my opinion—I never engaged with 3E—and if FFG could declare any success: 3E was a playtest of a system that eventually evolved into the Star Wars narrative dice system. 

But I must mention that the fan community of 2E never died. Liber Fanatica, a fan supplement hub, continued after 2008 with several pieces of important world building content that Black Library missed. And there were whispers in 2009 and 2010 on boards like Strike to Stun that spoke of an effort to create a simulacrum of 2E. Those whispers were of Zweihänder, a sort of Germanic portmanteau for "two-hander." It more recently caught my attention with the leadup to a finished product and release on the various OneBookshelf properties. Zweihänder is the 2E game I think I sought. Yet my attention was short circuited by Cubicle 7's press release. My copy of Zweihänder collects bit dust on my hard drive.

Posted by caffeinated at 8:33 PM in d10