Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Star Wars Returns to the Tabletop?

The rumors are rampant that a new gaming company has picked up the game rights to the Star Wars Saga.

Not much is known right now outside of some recent comments on the blog of Mongoose Publishing (aka Planet Mongoose).

Apparently, Mongoose had been pursuing the coveted Star Wars license but found out that LucasFilm LTD had already awarded it to another company.

Mongoose's head honcho, Matthew Sprange, wrote:

The interesting thing is why our negotiations ended - another company beat us to it. We are not going to reveal who this is (you have heard of them), as that is their fanfare to blow. However, I am sure many will find it intriguing that the licence covers card games, RPGs, and... miniatures. Now, the company concerned is not known for its miniatures lines, which will probably put paid to my dream of 28mm multipart/multipose Stormtroopers.

Of course, that was enough to ignite internet speculation. Leading the rumor mill is Fantasy Flight Games. A dark horse contender I heard mentioned was Osprey. Either could be interesting.

I enjoyed Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Miniatures Game, particularily in it's first couple years and was sad to see it go from the market place. I can't help but wonder who the new keeper of the Saga is and what sort of products we'll be seeing from them.

I would imagine we'll find out in early 2011 sometime. Perhaps around the time of the GAMA Trade Show in March? Time shall tell.