Thursday, January 31, 2008

WFRP... the sad demise

Well… I suppose I should write about this now before I forget about it completely, but, I have some very sad news to tell you all… Black Industries, the creators of the Award-Winning Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay line and the creator of the highly anticipated Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, Dark Heresy, is shutting down.

Now… they didn’t want to… and it really sucks, but the truth is that their parent company, Games Workshop, is losing money, and needs to streamline themselves again, refocus on their primary market which is the war gaming business, everything else comes secondary. And, sadly, RPGs are just not lucrative enough to warrant them keeping in the business.

Now… what does this mean for me? Well, it means I need to speed buy all my books that I want to buy, and grab them all from before it’s too late. Secondly, it means that a large amount of the expected 40kRPG will not even be released. Its so depressing.

But… there is yet hope! This is not the first time Games Workshop has abandoned its RPG market for more “lucarative” gains. We, the fans, are used to this, and while I myself am a new comer to this situation, I am not prepared to pick up DnD 4th ed. Which is evilness incarnate.

No, instead I shall press forward with renewed strength to delve into the darkness which Black Industries did not! I, and many other devoted fans have endeavored to begin our work of creating fan-made sourcebooks for our wonderful game. So far, we have in line several books… an elf sourcebook, a dwarf sourcebook, a Halfling sourcebook, a Araby/Lands of the Dead Sourcebook, A Estelia/Tilea sourcebook, and a Goblinoid Sourcebook. I myself have committed to the Goblinoid Sourcebook, even though I have no idea what the heck I am supposed to do, or what this entails…

So… wish me good luck so that I may manage, somehow, somewhere, to do well in this process, so that those who love WFRP will not be let down and that our sourcebooks will be of spectacular quality.

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