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Postby trboturtle » Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:51 pm

<a href="http://www.battlecorps.com/BC2/news.html?article=241" target="new">http://www.battlecorps.com/BC2/news.html?article=241</a><br><br>INMEDIARES PRODUCTIONS LLC. ENTERS NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE CLASSIC BATTLETECH AND SHADOWRUN LICENSES FROM WIZKIDS INC.<br><br>Everett, WA, April 20, 2007—InMediaRes Production LLC has entered into negotiations with WizKids, Inc. and FanPro, LLC to explore the acquisition of RPG publishing rights for the Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun Intellectual Properties. IMR is confident in the strength of Shadowrun and Classic BattleTech and the commitment that WizKids, Inc. has shown in supporting these two long-standing properties.<br><br><font color="#e2900b">About InMediaRes Productions LLC</font><br>InMediaRes Productions LLC has developed BattleCorps.com as the premiere on-line fiction source for Classic BattleTech. BattleCorps.com actively support the Classic BattleTech community, their BattleShop offers everything from poster maps to PDF sourcebooks, miniatures to software, and is the one-stop-shop for any fan of the BattleTech/MechWarrior universe. Their subscription-based services also take the Classic BattleTech experience to a whole new level, featuring a stable of authors from national best sellers to great new talent, new art, unique product previews, faction specific message boards and moderated chats with authors and developers.<br><br><font color="#e2900b">About WizKids, Inc.</font><br>A wholly owned subsidiary of the Topps Company (TOPP), WizKids is a Seattle-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating tabletop games driven by imagination. Its HeroClix® and Pirates brands are among the most successful games on the market today, with over one hundred million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com. color="#e2900b">Loren Coleman’s Letter to the Community</font><br>
Some of you may have heard the rumors beginning to build. Well, the announcements are now getting out there. Negotiations have begun, seeking to move the Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun properties to a new company, InMediaRes Productions.<br>As this moves forward, I'm certain we will hear information of long-time employees moving between companies, as well as dark rumors as to the fate of CBT and Shadowrun. I want not only to strike down such rumors, I can tell you that I see nothing but brighter, better days ahead for both game lines.<br>I have spoken with WizKids, and can assure you that this move is in the best interest of both Classic BattleTechand Shadowrun. I have every confidence in WizKids, in their support for the game lines, and their ability to ensure that the games we enjoy so much will only grow stronger.
I also think we owe a deep debt of gratitude to FanPro and its employees, as well, for bringing the properties this far. They have done an exceedingly hard job, taking over after FASA closed its doors, and the quality of the product we've seen in the last several years is a testament to their hard work and love for the games.<br>I know that I, and all other industry professionals I've spoken to, have re-committed ourselves to the game lines, no matter what. This is not something we would do if we were worried about their future. In fact, we are more excited than ever to have the ability to take both Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun to new and greater heights.<br>
We look forward to seeing you there, along for the ride!<br><br>Loren Coleman<br>InMediaRes Productions<br><br>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br><br><font color="#e2900b">Rob Boyle’s Letter to the Community</font><br><br>I've been the lead Shadowrun line developer for FanPro LLC since the day it started, through good times and bad. Along with the other developers and freelancers, we have all been absolutely committed to continuing and and growing this game line in new and exciting ways.<br>The time has now come to transfer the Shadowrun line into the hands of a new company. We are not saying goodbye, however--we're coming along for the ride as well. Everyone who is part of the core Shadowrun production crew is looking forward to relocating the line to IMR's stewardship and continuing to publish one of the best games out there. Despite the delays we've recently faced, we are excited that things will be getting back on track quite quickly.<br><br>Rob Boyle<br>Shadowrun Line Developer<br><br>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br><br><font color="#e2900b">Randall Bills' Letter to the Community</font><br><br>The last ten years I’ve seen the Classic BattleTech property and community thrive. I’ve been a part of the development of over one hundred products and novels for this universe. I’ve also been the key driving force behind the largest re-branding and revitalization Classic BattleTech has seen in well over a decade, including the creation and launching of the Dawn of Jihad sourcebook and storyline, as well as Total Warfare.<br>FanPro has made the above accomplishments possible. With the expiration of the license and WizKids’ desire to position the Classic BattleTech product to achieve even more, WizKids, Inc. is working with both FanPro LLC and InMediaRes Productions LLC. to transition the Classic BattleTech license to InMediaRes.<br>I have immensely enjoyed the working relationship between myself and WizKids and the other licensees surrounding Classic BattleTech/MechWarrior, such as Iron Wind Metals, InMediaRes Productions and so on. I completely support this move by all involved and look forward to an even stronger relationship between the various licensees that positions Classic BattleTech/MechWarrior to even greater heights.<br><br>Randall Bills<br>Classic BattleTech Line Developer<br>
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Postby Typhoon » Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:55 pm

Interesting deveelopment and one that could bode well for BT and SR. Worth keeping an eye on to see what continues with this.
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Postby Ravion Hawk » Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:34 am

Maybe the MWDA will finally become just a sickening memory.

We can only hope for the best.
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Postby Heimdall » Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:54 am

Ravion Hawk wrote:Maybe the MWDA will finally become just a sickening memory.

We can only hope for the best.


I think regardless of what one may think of MWDA, that history is here to stay.
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Postby Typhoon » Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:36 am

Heimdall wrote:
Ravion Hawk wrote:Maybe the MWDA will finally become just a sickening memory.

We can only hope for the best.


I think regardless of what one may think of MWDA, that history is here to stay.


Very succinctly and politely put. I agree.

Maybe it would be better to leave the MW rancor out of it from now on. :|
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Postby Prophet » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:32 am

I think this is great as long as the majority of the current writers and the current 'powers that be' go in the move to InMediaRes. I cant imagine CBT without some of the writers that are in the current staff.
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Postby Odysseus » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:57 pm

Just a quick thread hijack - I have fixed the multiple news items on this topic.
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Postby Shadow Slayer » Sat Apr 21, 2007 2:21 pm

Does this deal Cover the MWDA license? From what I read, I only heard "Classic Battletech" and "Shadow Run" on the list.

I know that MWDA is in a sense part of the "Batltetech" universe, which covers both the Classic line and the MWDA line, but in a legal sence, does the "Classic Battletech" line also include the MWDA line? If so then I hope to see at the very least BETTER minis that are more faithful to their original designs. I'm all for artistic license that puts a bit of the artists personal touch to the mini such as the Centurion or Koshi, but jez. The Crud that they are coming up with now looks like they took a blown up CBT mini made of plastic, and then left it to melt in the sun for a week. *CoughDashiCough...

Needless to say that I am very happy and optimistic about this. Hopefully it means that down the line, we can start seeing some more CBT novels come out. Seeing as how they are the only things from the "good old days" that hasn't been published under FanPro. I would even just be happy with reprinting some of the Stackpole trilogy's together like they did for the Jade Phoenix trilogy.

I'm also hoping that it also includes the rights to let "Fasa interactive" get the green light on making good BT and Shadow run Video games again. MechWarrior 5 anyone? Heck, I would even be thrilled with a Mech Commander 3.
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Postby Lawgiver » Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:47 pm

MWDA sales are suffering which is why WizKids is probably pawning them off. If CBT is transfered they will no doubt drop the MWDA product line.
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Postby Blackhawk01 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:30 pm

I am looking forward to seeing if CBT is able to grow anew on its own instead of the "other child" of the MechWarrior line.
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Postby Ravion Hawk » Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:02 pm

Lawgiver wrote:MWDA sales are suffering which is why WizKids is probably pawning them off. If CBT is transfered they will no doubt drop the MWDA product line.


:D

I'm sorry if what I said was a little rude, but I was more or less speaking of the MWDA line of plastic...I'll be quiet on that. :lol:

And I'm all for a "REAL" Mechwarrior 5 with the "REAL" customization instead of the Microsoft customizing. And it had better be for XP not Vista.

Bad enough we got to wait to work the kinks out with how to make a program work with Vista before we can proceed with further Beta Testing on the Project.
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Postby Lawgiver » Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:11 pm

Ravion Hawk wrote:And I'm all for a "REAL" Mechwarrior 5 with the "REAL" customization instead of the Microsoft customizing. .

Good luck with that.

Ravion Hawk wrote:And it had better be for XP not Vista.

Even better luck with that. :roll:

Ravion Hawk wrote:Bad enough we got to wait to work the kinks out with how to make a program work with Vista before we can proceed with further Beta Testing on the Project.

Welcome to the world of software development.
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Postby Wolfguard6 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:59 am

Hummm have to keep tabs on this see how it goes. Knowing how much they all bleed CBT over there it could be for the better.
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Postby wayne_cramp » Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:38 am

Actually, Wiz Kids will be keeping MWDA, and for now they plan to go ahead with the scheduled 'Action Pack' releases. Beyond that the game is up for retooling. Whether they stay with the "blind" pack format or go further with the "Action Packs" still has not been decided. There are people at WK who actually love the MW line and are fighting to keep it going. I would suspect that WK will continue it with a mix of "blind' and "Action PACK" releases. Theey will probably use the "Action Pack"s for further Solaris VII releases as they are planning to introduce that rules set later this summer.

Wiz Kids will remain the owner of MechWarrior. CBT will be transferred from FanPro to IMR. Nothing beyond that.

As far as novels, what we would be likely to see is a series covering the time between the FedCom civil war and the Dark Age. Like it or not, the MWDA novels are now part of the canon, and divergent timelines are not in the future. The principals behind IMR have written MWDA novels and I really don't see them invalidating their work. That being said, I don't expect any novels from this deal as ROC still owns the publishing rights to any novels set in the Battletech Universe published here in the United States.





Shadow Slayer wrote:Does this deal Cover the MWDA license? From what I read, I only heard "Classic Battletech" and "Shadow Run" on the list.

I know that MWDA is in a sense part of the "Batltetech" universe, which covers both the Classic line and the MWDA line, but in a legal sence, does the "Classic Battletech" line also include the MWDA line? If so then I hope to see at the very least BETTER minis that are more faithful to their original designs. I'm all for artistic license that puts a bit of the artists personal touch to the mini such as the Centurion or Koshi, but jez. The Crud that they are coming up with now looks like they took a blown up CBT mini made of plastic, and then left it to melt in the sun for a week. *CoughDashiCough...

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I'm also hoping that it also includes the rights to let "Fasa interactive" get the green light on making good BT and Shadow run Video games again. MechWarrior 5 anyone? Heck, I would even be thrilled with a Mech Commander 3.
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Postby Heimdall » Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:26 pm

Actually, IMR has the rights for short fiction for CBT. Their first anthology is in the works with plans on several more.
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Postby wayne_cramp » Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:53 pm

Right, but no novels, unless they are able to wrest that from ROC. FanPro does still maintain the rights to German CBT novels, and if memory serves they will be keeping that.


Heimdall wrote:Actually, IMR has the rights for short fiction for CBT. Their first anthology is in the works with plans on several more.
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Postby Heimdall » Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:48 pm

wayne_cramp wrote:Right, but no novels, unless they are able to wrest that from ROC. FanPro does still maintain the rights to German CBT novels, and if memory serves they will be keeping that.


Heimdall wrote:Actually, IMR has the rights for short fiction for CBT. Their first anthology is in the works with plans on several more.


Anthologies are a start and is one step closer to the possibility of novels somewhere down the line.

As for whether FP Germany keeps the rights to the novels, that I think will not be known until all negotiations are completed.
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Postby Lawgiver » Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:00 pm

wayne_cramp wrote:Actually, Wiz Kids will be keeping MWDA, and for now they plan to go ahead with the scheduled 'Action Pack' releases. Beyond that the game is up for retooling. Whether they stay with the "blind" pack format or go further with the "Action Packs" still has not been decided. There are people at WK who actually love the MW line and are fighting to keep it going. I would suspect that WK will continue it with a mix of "blind' and "Action PACK" releases. Theey will probably use the "Action Pack"s for further Solaris VII releases as they are planning to introduce that rules set later this summer.

Wiz Kids will remain the owner of MechWarrior. CBT will be transferred from FanPro to IMR. Nothing beyond that.

As far as novels, what we would be likely to see is a series covering the time between the FedCom civil war and the Dark Age. Like it or not, the MWDA novels are now part of the canon, and divergent timelines are not in the future. The principals behind IMR have written MWDA novels and I really don't see them invalidating their work. That being said, I don't expect any novels from this deal as ROC still owns the publishing rights to any novels set in the Battletech Universe published here in the United States.

Interesting. Will have to see how that pans out. Will they become COMPLETELY separate in story lines or coexist to some degree?
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Postby Ravion Hawk » Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:26 am

Lawgiver wrote:Interesting. Will have to see how that pans out. Will they become COMPLETELY separate in story lines or coexist to some degree?


Lets hope for completely seperate. This Devlin Stone character that causes a "disarming" sounds way too far fetched.
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Postby PILSNERMAN » Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:37 pm

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Lawgiver wrote:Interesting. Will have to see how that pans out. Will they become COMPLETELY separate in story lines or coexist to some degree?


Lets hope for completely seperate. This Devlin Stone character that causes a "disarming" sounds way too far fetched.


Not really that far fetched at the time after 10 years of the atrosites and combat of the Jihad Devlin Stone becomes a character of respect and charima right up there with Ian Cameron, Alexander Kerensky.......... He has the support of the most of the house lords and the major players in the post war Innersphere. At the time his inovations on how to rebuild and keep the peace make scence. The formation of the Republic of the Sphere being one of them.

Dark age is the future of the CBT cannon time line and for the most part for warriors looking for a fight like any other era of Innersphere history there will still be plenty of oppertunities for combat .

Even during the time of the second Star League there was the re-annexation of the St Ives compact and the FedCom Civil war during a time of supposed unity and peace Between the House lords .

I see with the way that the writers of the cannon are going with the progression of the Jhihad they are filling in the void between CBT novel End Game and the first MWDA novel Ghost War has been very well done well .


We as player get first hand ,hands experience though the Jihad era to the formation of the Republic of the Sphere and durring that time there is still a lot of history to made and lots of fighting coming


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Postby Dart Omega » Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:52 pm

for the Clans it does sound far-fetched that a sphereorid could get them to dis-arm.
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Postby Albrecht Jorgensson » Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:10 pm

Unless, of course, this Devlin Stone character has proven himself to be an Honourable Warrior in the Clanners eyes. It's all a question of 'how good is he?' I just hope it's not completely screwy. I haven't read much BT novels ('Patriots and Tyrants' and 'Dagger Point' are the only two that I've read) so I really don't know what to expect.
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Postby PILSNERMAN » Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:24 pm

I think we may be confusing disarmament and demobilizing . The best paraphase for the post jihad era to post WWI and the Treaty of Versiles controls on futer military construction restrictions on military sales and weapons avalible for sale .
all the members agree to adeher to the restictions in the interest of having enough of a military to be balanced with the other members All the Factions still have armies just not as large as pre Jihad numbers . The Innersphere Clans I am not sure how much contact they have with the home words after what is rumored to be a clan civil war in the pentigon and Kerensty cluster . The Clans would agree with Stones Plans because they are the right ideas at the right time the Crusade is dead and there is a Warden shift in the Wolf Clan after they reunite with the Wie. The Ghost bears are Warden and have no further expansionist intentions. The last real hold out would be the Jade Falcons.....all around the every Faction in the Innersphere is exausted after war and are open to ways of avoiding another one any time soon. From the way they elude to it the Jihade is a real meat grinder for all sides .


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Postby Ravion Hawk » Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:32 pm

You still got a lot of Crusader Home Clans.

It still sounds way too far fetched.

Now if he is decended from both the Camerons and the Kerenskys, then just maybe that could convince me.

From what I know of this guy pops in, makes the Realm of the Sphere, disarms and demobilizes it including Clans in it.

Still doesn't convince me Clanners pure and simple, wether warden or crusader, are bred for war. Their trianing is constant war, so to see a disarming/demobilizing on that scale would truely require complete ANNIHILATION of all clans to ensure that no crusaders remain including those among the wardens.

We have been conditioned by TPTB to view the clans this way and to do otherwise is suicide to the story.

In short, sweet, and plain english... The Clans have to go for the MWDA storyline to exsist.
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Postby Heimdall » Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:24 pm

The Clans are growing and changing just like any other culture and we have been seeing this from day one. They are not stagnant and will not remain frozen at some point in their cultural and political evolution. Wardens don't go looking for war and battle.

Furthermore, who knows what actually happened in some areas of the Inner Sphere outside of the Republic...the novels generally focus on the Republic or factions that are maneuvering for their own gain based upon the actions taken near the Republic. Sure we're given a brief glimpse at what is going on in other areas but that doesn't give us the whole picture.

We may never see the whole picture but as cultures grow, they change, their priorities change and they become something other then what they were. All factions will do that as CBT progresses toward the future of the Dark Ages and as it progresses beyond that. Maybe a faction will be destroyed, maybe it won't after all if you've been paying attention to the novels, you now know who the Fidelis are...

Look at the influence Hitler had or Alexander the Great, when people need something...when they want to be a part of something because they've been through a devestating period they tend to listen to someone with the strength of personality, confidence and charisma to say look at the future I envision, this is how we get there...

...and for me, I have every confidence that the storyline that we shall see for CBT will get us faithfully to the future of the Dark Ages with a reasonable series of events. I will wait to see what those events are with interest. I may not agree with all of them but they will tell a story and like any story, there will be parts we do not like because it impacts upon someone or something we cherish within that story...especially if it changes how we the reader envision things...
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