Friday, October 31, 2008

Prelude to a Post, Part III

Read the explanation for this illuminating chart at 6d6Fireball.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, I have no doubt Hasbro's all about that sweet, sweet, cash. Consider that 4e (IIRC) is planning to release a core rules set every year. I'm pretty sure it's optional, but the fact that there might be a new PHB/DMG/MM for every publishing year shows that they are trying to get you pay if you want things like Gnome PCs or a Druid class.

    Still curious about where this is leading to though.

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  2. Still curious about where this is leading to though

    Seconded.

    FWIW, I'm not sure that the chart's actions/dates are correct, but I also have read through them in detail yet. What stands out in my first impression is that I don't believe that Gygax ever regained control of TSR from the Blumes, for example. I've put a few queries out to see if that can be validated.

    Regardless of that nit, it's an interesting chart that deserves some further analysis!

    Allan.

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  3. This is turning into a very interesting prelude into wherever you're headed...

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  4. This is turning into a very interesting prelude into wherever you're headed...

    He's the Hitchcock of RPG blogging, isn't he? :)

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  5. James - Thanks for the link.


    Grodog -

    A lot of the information relating to the Gygax / Blume dispute comes from Gygax so must be taken with a pinch of salt.

    Apparently Gygax never fully regained control of TSR in that he never had more than 50% of the shares. However he did, with the support of other board members, get Kevin Blume removed from his position. Even Kevin's father, a major share holder, did not support his son. This left Gygax in executive control of the company.

    In response to this, the Blumes sold their stake to Lorraine Williams. Gygax failed to prevent this sale in court and Williams gained a majority shareholding. At this Gygax threw in the towel and left TSR.

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  6. He's the Hitchcock of RPG blogging, isn't he? :)

    I hope no one is disappointed with the post when I finally finish it, but I'll say now that nothing I'll say will be earth-shattering to people who read this blog regularly.

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  7. Apparently Gygax never fully regained control of TSR in that he never had more than 50% of the shares. However he did, with the support of other board members, get Kevin Blume removed from his position. Even Kevin's father, a major share holder, did not support his son. This left Gygax in executive control of the company.

    That's my understanding as well, from sources other than Gary, so I suspect there's some truth to it.

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