There is more there (and plenty of namechecks) but the thing that intersts me is that although this Kickstarter says that Necromancer Games is back, its is Necromancer Games, but not quite as we know it. Clark Peterson (one of the two founders of Necromancer Games) sold out to his partner (Bill Webb) and it seems that Necromancer Games is now a subsidiary of Frog God Games.Necromancer Games on Kickstarter wrote:5th Edition Rules: 1st Edition Feel! Monsters, Adventures, and Spells for 5th Edition!
5th Edition Rules: 1st Edition Feel! Necromancer Games re-animates itself bigger, better, and badder than ever before for the 5th Edition of the *world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game. With the help of Steve Winter and Ed Greenwood, we are going to be creating supplemental books (up to 3 of them!) to play the new edition Old School Style — the Necromancer way.
Just like we did with the Third Edition, our objective isn’t to compete with the the upcoming 5th edition; it’s to offer resources for playing the game the old way, old school style. In general it’s darker and deadlier gaming than the official recommendations. It’s not for crybabies. Between 1999 and 2006, we racked up award after award, picking up worldwide recognition as a publishing powerhouse... and now we’re back!
- 5th Edition Foes - between 200-250 additional creatures, beasts, monsters and titans to challenge your players and enhance your adventures!
- Quests of Doom: X Adventures Worth Winning -12+ adventures worth winning, each written by one of our many iconic authors. (X begins with 12 and increases based on stretch goals.)
- Book of Lost Spells - Hundreds of new spells to enhance your 5th edition spell casters and NPCs.
I am also wondering what campaign setting product lines Necromancer Games will be able to restart.
Wilderlands is almost certainly out of the question. Judges Guild have taken that back.
World of Warcraft reverted to Blizzard and Ravenloft reverted to Wizards of the Coast.
I see no mention of Scarred Lands. I think that Necromancer Games owned that, but I'm not sure if they sold it off or licensed it to someone else.
Does anyone else recall any of the other Necromancer Games product lines and have any idea if they belong to the company?
Perhaps this is literally only going to be the Necromancer Games line and the sub-brands that Necromancer Games used to distribute (like Sword and Sorcery Studios and Arthaus) are not included in this relaunch.
EDIT: Louis Porter has written this about Necromancer Game's Kickstarters Are Necromancer Games being opportunistic or smart business people?