Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop Part Ways – What Does it Mean for You?

September 23, 2016

fs01-sampleIn case you haven’t heard, the license that allowed Fantasy Flight Games to publish games based on Games Workshop’s intellectual property is ending.  This coming February 28th, FFG will stop selling all their GW-related products.


FFG brought incredible art-assets to their GW games, just as they bring to their Star Wars and in-company intellectual property.  Even those who didn’t play the games appreciated the extra depth in art and story FFG brought to GW’s universes.


If you’ve had your eye on any of the FFG games that are based on Warhammer and Warhammer 40k, like the very popular Chaos in the Old World or Forbidden Stars, then you’ll want to snatch those up fast.  There are other games that might not immediately be recognizable as GW-owned IPs, like Talisman and Fury of Dracula that were also covered under this license.


prt01_mainFans of FFG’s 40k RPGs have lots of a reasons to rue this development.  The ending license covers all the RPGs in the series: Inquisitor, Death Watch, Rogue Trader, etc.  The adventures and supplements for these games will also soon not be available.  These books, especially the core hardbacks, are full of incredible illustrations and background material.  Fans of the 40k universe will want to flip through these before they disappear.


In short, if you’re a fan of FFG’s games based on GW’s intellectual property, the time is now to pick up the games you want.  While it’s likely that GW will sell these licenses to other companies, or possibly even release their own versions, they won’t be able to use the FFG rules for them.  And there’s no guarantee that FFG is going to keep manufacturing these games all the way down to the February 28th deadline.  Wait too long and you might miss your chance.


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