Ben and Rett decide to wait one more show to talk about NY Toy Fair and instead ponder the Star Wars license and delve into some excellent reader mail about why you can’t find game sales figures on the Internet and more. All wrapped in a cozy blanket of friendly banter and, as is becoming the norm, weekly corrections! This is another long show, running just under an hour long. Plenty of entertainment value for your commute, lunch break, or other listening time!
If Wizkids is putting out a LotR skirmish game, does that mean that GW will no longer have the license? Or will they both have the license?
I checked in with Rett about the license. He thinks that GW has a license with the Tolkien estate directly and that WotC would license through Peter Jackson’s film company for the movie. So they could both do LotR games. Or something…. In any case, the GW license was a 10 year deal that expires in 2011 or 2012.
Woho!!! Soon there will be a new episode… =)
With respect to the comments about the upcoming Quorriors game. I don’t think this is Dragon Dice 2.0 for several reasons.
1. (most importantly) it’s not collectible. One of the big problems with Dragon Dice was that dice were much more expensive than cards but it was following the exact same model as M:TG was, you had to track down rare dice to make the best armies and you wound up with piles and piles of chaff commons that took up a lot more space than cards.
2. It’s building on the deckbuilding trend in a unique way. Puzzle strike is already doing the “draw out of a bag instead of shuffle a deck” thing, but this adds dice, as you guys said, people really like dice.
3. It’s self contained and presumably balanced against itself. Again this is with regards to it’s non collectability but it should be a self contained game experience and go over much better when you can just take it off the shelf and play rather than buy, collect and build armies first