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#37586
Wizards Ends Star Wars Minis and RPG 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Whoa ... I didn't see this coming !!

Wizards has decided NOT TO RENEW the Star Wars license with Lucas Arts ... this effects their miniatures and RPG lines of product.

Here is the announcement ...


"There have been several questions lately regarding the future of the Star Wars Miniatures and Roleplaying Game and until now I haven’t had definitive answers to give you. After a lengthy evaluation, Wizards of the Coast has decided not to renew the Star Wars license with Lucasfilm. We’ve had a long and fantastic run, but with the economic downturn, we have made the tough decision to discontinue our Star Wars lines.

The license officially ends in May this year, with WotC product available through August. In the meantime, we have awesome new products still coming your way. This week, we released The Dark Times minis and Galaxy of Intrigue RPG. We’ll have more coming with Masters of the Force minis in April, which will have some of your most favorite characters along with rare creatures from the Dejarik Holochess game that have never appeared in our game. We’ll also release The Unknown Regions RPG in April, which includes entirely new planets and mini-adventures for each world.

We are finishing the line with a bang so look for special programs at your local game store to stock up on favorite sets before they go into the vault. We will continue to support our Star Wars forums on the Wizards Community site so you can reach out and chat with us and other fans.

While I know the news is disappointing, we wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible and thank you for being such great fans. It’s been a fantastic ride with the Star Wars community and working with Lucasfilm. We hope you enjoy the next several months of great products. You never know when we may circle back again!

Greg Yahn

Director of Marketing, Wizards of the Coast"
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#37587
Wizards Ends Star Wars Minis and RPG 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Another great product leaves us... When will it end.... I cal lit the circle of RPG

New Product comes out
New Product becomes popular
Big company picks up new product
Big company floods the market
Big company no longer makes sexy profits
Big company ends said product
Void created

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#37588
Wizards Ends Star Wars Minis and RPG 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Watch older SW minis prices go through the roof in the next few months on the singles market!
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#37589
Wizards Ends Star Wars Minis and RPG 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
I wonder if Lucasfilm had anything to do with this. I heard they can charge a lot for the Star Wars licensing. Maybe Hasbro/ wotc did not want to pay.
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#37590
Wizards Ends Star Wars Minis and RPG 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Some interesting things I know at one time Lucas owned about 8% of Hasbros stock (that was back in 2007) I remember something about Hasbro buying buck some of it but don't remember the amount.

As to the above, yeah WotC pretty much says that yeah the cost of the liscence was too much (the economic down turn means no money, means can't afford to buy liscenece to me at the price.)

I found out about this about 5 min after i made the post about the DDM news, but was so in shock i didn't even post here...

Sad to see it go, We still have Masters of the Force in April and a book... and heck I'll keep playing (with a complete rules set with no need to buy more books) just sad to see the minis go.
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#37591
Wizards Ends Star Wars Minis and RPG 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
From Chris Perkins Blog

If you hang out on our forums, you've doubtless heard the announcement concerning our Star Wars miniatures and RPG lines. Not the best news for diehard fans of our Star Wars games. I have a few thoughts I'd like to share that will probably have no impact on the angry few who wax hyperbolic on our forums, but they're good thoughts regardless.

First, who am I, you ask? I'm the lead designer for the Saga Edition RPG and the creative manager for our RPG and miniatures lines. I also edited a little-known magazine called Star Wars Gamer, which some of you über-nerds might remember from a few years back. I've been associated with Star Wars professionally for more than one-quarter of my life. The only one who has me beat at Wizards is my boss, Bill Slavicsek, who's been pushing Star Wars on you folks since, well, forever.

So here's my take on the Star Wars RPG and miniatures game: Both games have enjoyed success. Both games are very robust and fill a lot of shelf space. From a creative standpoint, we've explored all that we want to explore for the moment. The Saga Edition RPG is a solid game supported by a number of good sourcebooks, and I think the last book in the series (The Unknown Regions) makes a fine bookend, taking us to the very edge of the known galaxy. There's enough words in these books to sustain a SWRPG campaign for years. On the miniatures front, we've plumbed the depths of Star Wars lore to bring you interesting minis, including lots of obscure characters, but there comes a point where you just gotta stop and ask, "Does the world need a mini of 'Third Jedi from the Left' right now?" or an umpteenth Darth Vader mini? That said, we're ending the run in style. The Dejarik monsters kick mighty ass; your collection won't be complete without 'em. From a production standpoint, it doesn't help matters that the cost of painted plastic has skyrocketed. Everything was much cheaper back when the economy wasn't screwing with our bank accounts.

I think it's easy to forget that Wizards has finite creative and production resources. (We often forget that internally, so I can imagine what some fans think.) As a creative company, we're always looking for new challenges and opportunities. We like to try new things. We like to surprise ourselves and our customers with new and/or fun game experiences. We're looking at ways to expand and improve our own games and brands, as well as ways to inspire and grow the gaming community. We don't like to rest on our laurels. We don't like driving the same way to work every day. Contrary to popular belief, we're also quite smart, and we pay close attention to everything happening around us. In the gaming industry. In the entertainment industry. In pop culture. In business. For a company that revels in fantasy, we're pretty well grounded in reality.

In a nutshell, I feel we've done right by Star Wars. We put our best ideas on the table and scooped up a pile of awards for our efforts. I also feel a sense of bittersweet relief as I focus my energy on the cool projects that lie ahead, including things you won't hear about for another 6 to 12 months.

I hope folks enjoy our Star Wars games for years to come. After all, games only die when people stop playing them. Maybe 10 years from now, some kid at a convention will ask me to sign a copy of the Saga Edition rulebook he's using to run a game for his friends. That would be cooler than eating ice cream on Hoth!

One more thing . . .

I would like to thank the folks at Lucas Licensing for a terrific partnership. They not only encouraged us to fully explore the Star Wars universe in our products but also gave us great ideas for minis and RPG sourcebook content. They were hands-on in good ways and hands-off in good ways. They helped us make better products, so props to them. I'd especially like to thank Chris Gollaher for being an all-around super guy and a force of good in our galaxy. And also George. Thank you, thank you, for letting us take the Millennium Falcon for a spin.
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#37592
Wizards Ends Star Wars Minis and RPG 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
www.starwars.com/games/othergames/news20100128wotc/index.html

Today, Wizards of the Coast announced on their website that will not renew their license to produce Star Wars products for their roleplaying and miniature gaming lines. You can read their announcement here.
Wizards of the Coast has produced a library of Star Wars game books since 2001, as well as hundreds of detailed pre-painted plastic miniatures as part of their official product lines. However, the economic downturn as well as the growth of online gaming factored into their decision to discontinue new development, and their license ends in May of this year. There are several releases still on the horizon from Wizards, such as the Masters of the Force miniatures set and The Unknown Regions game book due out in April.

Lucas Licensing continues to see miniatures, roleplaying games and card games as viable and important elements in its Star Wars licensing program, both in digital form (like the recently launched trading card game within Star Wars Galaxies), and in physical products like figures, books and cards. Keep checking StarWars.com for announcements regarding future products in this area in the coming months.
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#37593
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Thanks GS - those were both really good reads.
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