Posted by Thomas Deeny as Modern Board Games
This afternoon, Martin Wallace publicly posted two letters sent to Eagle Gryphon Games announcing an official termination of agreement regarding Brass. Wallace previously stated that he had given notice to the company to terminate their contract in December of 2014, “as long as the sales [of Brass] are below a certain point, which was the case [at that time].”
The new termination of contract notification, dated August 13, 2015, specifically cites that EGG’s lack of sending “statements of the number of units sold, net sales, and royalties owed” and failure to provide the ten sample units of the White Goblin version of Brass is what caused the contract’s termination. Because of this, the intellectual property law firm Wallace hired states that all rights to Brass have been reverted to Martin Wallace. “Deposits to bank accounts and recent public postings on BoardGameGeek.com do not substitute for formal statements to [Wallace],” Jeffrey Myers of Peacock Myers, P.C., wrote.
Wallace writes that the financial cost of a lawsuit is too much for Treefrog Games, Wallace’s publishing company, to incure. Although EGG has Brass available, he calls it “essentially stolen property”.
Treefrog has started work on a new version of Brass, which should be launched on Kickstarter later this year, with an expected delivery of early 2016.