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Re: More crack please
« Reply #810 on: 24 June 2014, 19:23:10 »
You also want classic 'Mechs that look like someone else's intellectual property. I can't help but recall how THAT worked out...

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LOL true, and while I don't think Chuck Lorre would sue you guys on that, I completely understand the tenuous position it would put you guys in.

Perhaps a play on the name would be best here as stated above, Wheaton's Crushers would be good too, just make sure the CO is named Wil Wheaton! (or add an L to the first name to avoid any other possible lawsuits lol)
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #811 on: 25 June 2014, 00:02:17 »
May I suggest "The Will Crushers" would be a good name for a military unit.

Wheaton's Crushers sounds like a breakfast smoothie with museli in it.
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« Reply #812 on: 25 June 2014, 00:10:13 »
Who would have guessed my silly joke would turn out like this. :D
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #813 on: 25 June 2014, 00:48:16 »
Now that I got some cash, bring on the products....at least the ones that won't be at GenCon!
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« Reply #814 on: 25 June 2014, 07:51:02 »
Now that I got some cash, bring on the products....at least the ones that won't be at GenCon!
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #815 on: 25 June 2014, 12:20:41 »
Tell him if I do this, it will require a mention on The Wil Wheaton Project.  (And yes, I will do this.)

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Re: More crack please
« Reply #816 on: 25 June 2014, 14:14:11 »
You thinking what I'm thinking? This could work.

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Re: More crack please
« Reply #817 on: 25 June 2014, 14:58:02 »
I wonder if Alpha Strike is fast enough for Tabletop. I sorta doubt regular BattleTech would be fast-paced enough to play well but Alpha Strike might.

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« Reply #818 on: 25 June 2014, 15:09:13 »
I wonder if Alpha Strike is fast enough for Tabletop. I sorta doubt regular BattleTech would be fast-paced enough to play well but Alpha Strike might.

It could be. Problem I see is if it does go onto Table Top, the Intro Box set needs to be in production and be available more readily.  So far, aside from one or two games, most of the games on Table Top can be purchased easily through retail. Like Target.
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #819 on: 25 June 2014, 16:05:46 »
I wonder if Alpha Strike is fast enough for Tabletop. I sorta doubt regular BattleTech would be fast-paced enough to play well but Alpha Strike might.

If it sees the light of day, the new version of the Succession Wars board game seems like a more likely candidate.

I'm pretty sure the idea of doing BT on TableTop has been discussed on the forums before, but that show is geared to a pretty particular type of traditional board game, not a wargame like BT or WarMachine or 40K.

IIRC, somewhere on their site, Wil does a vlog where he discusses the types of games that "work" on the show, and how even some complex but great games like Twilight Imperium don't work for the format.
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #820 on: 25 June 2014, 16:47:41 »
Not to be a wet blanket here, but while HE would be honored, I wonder if someone with an army of lawyers and a trademark on the name would have a problem with it.
The Supreme Court has ruled that parodies of intellectual properties are protected free speech.  Could this help us out?

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Re: More crack please
« Reply #821 on: 25 June 2014, 16:54:01 »
The Supreme Court has ruled that parodies of intellectual properties are protected free speech.  Could this help us out?

Can you afford the lawyer(s) to argue that in court, for however long the supposed owners cared to keep it up?  Would it be a good use of your money to do so?
I'd rather have more BattleTech product than pay for lawyers to take on large corporations defending their IP.
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #822 on: 25 June 2014, 18:36:10 »
The Supreme Court has ruled that parodies of intellectual properties are protected free speech.  Could this help us out?

Parody is good if we're doing it as a one-shot. As I understand it, making an ongoing thing--say, someone wanted stories about the adventures of the Wesley Crushers on BattleCorps or spread across a series of sourcebooks (incidentally, in BT nomenclature traditions, that would imply there's a planet named Wesley; since there's not, a "Wesley's Crushers" would be more appropriate, as we'd only need a CO with the name of Wesley instead)--would then mean we're piggybacking our profitability on someone else's IP. That's where the no-no begins, and why thinks like the Fighting Urukhai, Team Banzai, and Wylie's Coyotes had to go.

And, these days, BT is a bit lawyer-shy; why tempt fate when you don't need to?

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Re: More crack please
« Reply #823 on: 25 June 2014, 19:13:28 »
I still say Wylie's Coyotes was a group sent by Clan Coyote to monitor the Dragoons.
I always wanted to run a one-shot where Wylie's Coyotes contract out to ComStar or Brion's Legion to garrison Terra, only to then claim Terra for Clan Coyote, the IlClan after touching down.
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #824 on: 25 June 2014, 19:15:16 »
That would have been awesome Adrian! lol
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #825 on: 25 June 2014, 22:13:12 »
We learn a lot about the fine points of general business around here.  Always good to know  O0

(and the Coyote mission is awesome, too)

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« Reply #826 on: 26 June 2014, 00:14:00 »
Maybe make a single throwaway reference to them, without any real details - then invite Mr. Wheaton to partake the Battletech boards and write up his own entry for the Non Canon Units thread?  That way we get the official mention, and he can have all the fun he wants detailing it UNOFFICIALLY in a way that we can all enjoy and not get Catalyst in trouble.

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« Reply #827 on: 26 June 2014, 04:22:27 »
Mr. Wheaton has no rights to the "Wesley Crusher" IP. 

I've done some work in IP and here's the thing. 99 percent of the time a throwaway reference won't get you in any trouble.

1 percent of the time, it gets you into deep, expensive trouble because you've got to pay for a lawyer to represent you if someone say decides to sue, even if they have absolutely no standing.

A good IP attorney can often run hundreds (In some cases say 750/hour) without including things like paying for his help, research, court fees, etc, etc. 

In other words, even a completely baseless suit could just about wipe out  a years worth of profit, by its lonesome.  not a good risk.

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Re: More crack please
« Reply #828 on: 26 June 2014, 07:54:44 »
Well, going with hybrid of his actual name and reference to his character maybe better.  Like Will's Crushers or something.

Origins starts today or tomorrow?  I'm excited to hear what people get to pickup there since i'm little too broke to attend!  More crack aka new Battletech stuff please!
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #829 on: 26 June 2014, 07:55:42 »
In other words, even a completely baseless suit could just about wipe out  a years worth of profit, by its lonesome.  not a good risk.

...and as an aside, this is why no amount of money will ever bring the Unseen back.
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #830 on: 26 June 2014, 11:20:25 »
Looks like a new hit is coming soon...

http://bg.battletech.com/?p=5611

Hopefully with some of the PDF stuff to create a product Over Dose!

Edit looks like the final cover is out as well.
http://catalystgamelabs.tumblr.com/post/89966977591/battletech-alpha-strike-companion-cover
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #831 on: 26 June 2014, 12:04:43 »
Looks like a new hit is coming soon...

http://bg.battletech.com/?p=5611

Hopefully with some of the PDF stuff to create a product Over Dose!

There's some good looking stuff on there.  O0
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #832 on: 26 June 2014, 12:06:06 »
Maybe make a single throwaway reference to them, without any real details - then invite Mr. Wheaton to partake the Battletech boards and write up his own entry for the Non Canon Units thread?  That way we get the official mention, and he can have all the fun he wants detailing it UNOFFICIALLY in a way that we can all enjoy and not get Catalyst in trouble.

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« Reply #833 on: 26 June 2014, 12:07:36 »
Alpha Strike Companion looks like it has goodies in it.  I'm surprised LAMs and Capital grade aerospace is being included.  I'm glad their in there.
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Re: More crack please
« Reply #834 on: 26 June 2014, 12:08:31 »
Looks like a new hit is coming soon...

http://bg.battletech.com/?p=5611

Hopefully with some of the PDF stuff to create a product Over Dose!

Now I want an emoticon with that evil Akuma grin face... [skull]...looking good so far.
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« Reply #835 on: 26 June 2014, 12:15:16 »
How about letting me do what I do and trust that I know what I'm doing?

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« Reply #836 on: 26 June 2014, 12:15:59 »
Alpha Strike Companion looks like it has goodies in it.  I'm surprised LAMs and Capital grade aerospace is being included.  I'm glad their in there.

Oh, yes. I'm surprised they made it in there too. Can't imagine how that slipped under the radar...

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« Reply #837 on: 26 June 2014, 12:24:53 »
How about letting me do what I do and trust that I know what I'm doing?


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Re: More crack please
« Reply #838 on: 26 June 2014, 12:30:05 »
Parody is good if we're doing it as a one-shot. As I understand it, making an ongoing thing--say, someone wanted stories about the adventures of the Wesley Crushers on BattleCorps or spread across a series of sourcebooks (incidentally, in BT nomenclature traditions, that would imply there's a planet named Wesley; since there's not, a "Wesley's Crushers" would be more appropriate, as we'd only need a CO with the name of Wesley instead)--would then mean we're piggybacking our profitability on someone else's IP. That's where the no-no begins, and why thinks like the Fighting Urukhai, Team Banzai, and Wylie's Coyotes had to go.

And, these days, BT is a bit lawyer-shy; why tempt fate when you don't need to?

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« Reply #839 on: 26 June 2014, 13:08:23 »
How about letting me do what I do and trust that I know what I'm doing?
That was more a question of "would that be allowable" rather than a direct suggestion, especially since (from the posts above) he hasn't played in quite a long time.  You know what you're doing, I trust you know what you're doing, I just don't know what I'm doing...do you trust me?