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Updated: 2017-11-03T05:39:38.675-04:00

 



Why Gamma World? Simple. WotC wants to test se...

2010-02-18T01:22:35.343-05:00

Why Gamma World?

Simple. WotC wants to test selling random packs of character powers.

Gamma World is the IP/setting they own that best supports that concept of character
generation.

The fact that "The last two editions of Gamma World weren't exactly barn-burners" means GW is an excellent guinea pig, since WotC has nothing to lose



Wow - it's late, I'm tired, and there are ...

2010-02-18T00:20:43.626-05:00

Wow - it's late, I'm tired, and there are a ton of typos above. Apologies.



I really, really have ti disagree with one point. ...

2010-02-18T00:19:46.082-05:00

I really, really have ti disagree with one point. I LOVED d20 Gamma World.

The introduction of some thoughtful new ideas, and the use of nanotech and high biotech, and the emphasis on the amoral, insane, "Man is God" theme really put the horror of the apocalypse front and center.

Did I hate it for sloppy editing, a croppy stuck-on psionics system, horrible lack of



Yeah, that makes sense. Here's hoping the new ...

2010-02-03T17:45:45.031-05:00

Yeah, that makes sense. Here's hoping the new GW isn't just a zombie fest and that it still retains the weird-science element that helped make it so fun in the first place!



Yup. I deliberately steered clear of the whole zom...

2010-02-03T17:20:20.839-05:00

Yup. I deliberately steered clear of the whole zombie resurgance since it's become a genre of its own (World War Z, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, The Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies, and a ton of recent films and games as you pointed out). But if you view the zombie genre as a subform of the post-apocalyptic genre, all I can say is "Yup."



I think you're on to something Sniderman, and ...

2010-02-03T16:33:03.771-05:00

I think you're on to something Sniderman, and don't forget "Zombieland" was a huge hit in theaters and is doing gangbusters on DVD right now. Then there was "2012" and "Y the Last Man" is supposedly due in theaters in 2011. Between that, the video games you mentioned (plus the hugely popular Left 4 Dead and it's sequel) zombies and the aftermath are all



You know I might have to do a mutant future based ...

2010-02-02T17:31:08.711-05:00

You know I might have to do a mutant future based on Deathlands by James Axler.



So will the re-vamped Gamma World be along the lin...

2010-02-02T12:45:36.755-05:00

So will the re-vamped Gamma World be along the lines of 4th ed D&D or will it be a real role-playing game like 3rd ed or d20?

I'm ALWAYS up for a good romp though the apocalypse, but they keep trying to make post-apocalyptic fantasy games. Too many wacky monsters, too many "magical" tech items and not enough grit and real-world type survival.

I always



A third party does still have the rights to an MA ...

2010-02-02T08:52:34.882-05:00

A third party does still have the rights to an MA release based on D&D4E rules.



Not to mention that the relaunched Dark Sun settin...

2010-02-02T08:25:33.070-05:00

Not to mention that the relaunched Dark Sun setting is another post-apocalyptic setting, albeit wrapped in a fantasy motif. So 2010 must be The Year Wizards Returns To The Ruins.



I tend to agree too Sniderman. As you have correct...

2010-02-02T05:20:54.919-05:00

I tend to agree too Sniderman. As you have correctly observed in your post, Post-Apoc seems to be a hot item again these days. Most probably, this led WOTC to the 'smell of blood', so to speak, in the hopes of 'making another killing' in the gaming market.



Sniderman, that license White Wolf was dropping wa...

2010-02-01T23:46:04.828-05:00

Sniderman, that license White Wolf was dropping was the version they did using D20 Modern. Seemingly still available online at drivethrurpg.



"I thought a third party company was previous...

2010-02-01T23:14:06.342-05:00

"I thought a third party company was previously slated to do GW4e under license from WotC. Did that fall through?"

Seems like it. From Wikipedia:
"In August 2005, White Wolf announced that it was reverting the rights to publish Gamma World products back to Wizards of the Coast, putting the game out of print again."



I agree with Giles. I think WotC did this with bot...

2010-02-01T23:07:42.228-05:00

I agree with Giles. I think WotC did this with both the Tome of Battle in 3.5 (testing out the powers system for 4E) and with Star Wars Saga Edition. (Skill mechanics, etc.) Although, now that I think about it, I thought a third party company was previously slated to do GW4e under license from WotC. Did that fall through?



I agree, but I think GW is also a property that Wo...

2010-02-01T22:52:28.321-05:00

I agree, but I think GW is also a property that WotC try out some different ideas (booster packs) without "tainting" the flagship. I'm not interested in this new version of GW, largely in part because once again we have a group of authors that don't appear to get the setting, well that and the CCG elements....