I saw the thread on DF as well. It's a darned shame that this would happen, becasue the Zeitgeist guys have done a fine job of presenting Blackmoor to gamers.
I guess I can only hope that if it gets revived it will be in a non-4E fromat. I'd like to see Blackmoor presented in S&W or C&C, or some other system more consistent with the original vision of the campaign.
Bottom line, however, is I'd just like for it to stay active.
Sad day, indeed.
Marv / Finarvyn DCC playtester (2011) S&W WhiteBox author (2009) C&C playtester (2003) Builder of the TrollBridge for T&T; Amber Diceless player since 1993 OD&D Player since 1975; Metamorphosis Alpha since 1976
"Don't ask me what you need to hit. Just roll the die and I will let you know!" - Dave Arneson
I've heard great things about the "modern" Blackmoor books, but I have never had the opportunity to check them out. It's a bit of a shame, but I do like the idea of a New Lands setting.
I'm usually very optimistic and supportive of such things, but at the moment I'm on the fence on this one. To sell me this setting they are going to have to do more to convince me this has anything to do with Blackmoor than the fact that it has the same D20 crunch as Blackmoor did...
I'm a tad curious about what the "Contractual violations" could have been.
Here's a comment Ari Marmell made to the subject on my Blackmoor group at WotC's site:
"I don't think it'd do much good to get into a war of words with CMP, and I don't think it'd be professional to make specific accusations in a public forum. So let me just say that there are *definitely* two sides to what happened, and that the problems that led to this did *not* originate with the freelancers.
I'm sorry that the fans are the ones ending up disappointed, but we could not, in good conscience, continue to work for CMP. (The fact that almost the entire freelance team--writers, artists, art director, and cartographer, some of whom had never even spoken to one another before the **** hit the fan--agreed on this course of action should be indication enough that there were problems coming down from above.)
I don't feel it appropriate to say anything else, except that I hope that, in all my years of working in this field, I've earned enough of a positive reputation for people not to assume the worst about me, or my fellows on the creative team, in this unfortunate situation. Mouseferatu November 16, 2009 08:42 PM CET "