Heroquest Kickstarter Suspended Over IP Dispute

Heroquest on Kickstarter

I suppose this particular Kickstarter had it coming. The Heroquest 25th Anniversary Kickstarter has been suspended due to an IP dispute. The Kickstarter-project-page just shows a blank.

Heroquest 25th Anniversary is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable.

#1 – Heroquest IP troubles

A lot of people had high hopes for this Kickstarter, and it certainly hit all the right nostalgia buttons, making some 300.000 Canadian Dollars on the first day alone.

However,when the Kickstarter went live, the FAQ included an odd statement that the company behind the relaunch – Gamezone Miniatures – held the rights for the Heroquest brand only in Spain. An odd proposition at the best of times. It is now at least being disputed.

Whether Games Workshop or Hasbro (now the owners of Milton Bradly Company, or MB Games) fired the shots isn’t really clear (to me at least). A company called Moon Design apparently did!

Moon Design Acquires Glorantha Rights

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – The legendary game world of Glorantha has been transferred to Moon Design Publications. This world has spawned outstanding games for 40 years and is one of the best-known and best-loved places for games and gamers. The roleplaying games of RuneQuest, with over 50 outstanding supplements, and HeroQuest, as well as boardgames and a computer game, have entertained and challenged gamers for a generation. As of August 12th, 2013 Greg Stafford has transferred ownership, creative control and all related intellectual properties to Moon Design Publications.

#2 – Thoughts

To me, there has rarely been a more obvious example on the power of brand-names in miniature wargaming. There is (I believe) no way in hell an “unbranded” dungeon-crawling miniatures game, no matter how good, would’ve made 300.000 Dollars on day one as Heroquest did.

The nostalgia-pull, obviously, was very powerful.

On the other hand, the fragile construct was clearly easy to shoot down, even if Gameszone were to come out on top in the end. The brand/company, at least in this combination, is arguably tarnished from this point forward.

Did Gamezone deserve to have their Heroquest Kickstarter shot down (as far as “suspended” will likely mean it’s over)?