So I Skimmed Rogue Trader 2009
And what did I find but the use of the name "Stryx" in the back. Cute. Real cute. Something about a
xeno who keeps secrets and looks ugly. Yeah, well...
I see that Games Workshop can't help but mimic the
Ferengi of Star Trek with this one, with a healthy dose of arcane mysticism and a little Jar-Jar accent
that reeks of British punch-and-judy comedy. We shall see about that.
I've been writing about their material since 1997, and playing since Rogue Trader
sold in the USA in 1987. And the reason I stopped work several times is the arrogant
uppity colonial pretentious attitude GWUK has for its fans, players, and the game
When outriders started telling me I should let kids cheat so they would
buy the miniatures, and game design steered away from play to support sales at the
cost of existing hobbyists, I got out of the hobby and started working on software
for video games. This was 1997, long before GW would license any mature thematic
element into video games.
I suppose they are a little jealous, now, after Dawn of War II bombed so badly with poor replay
value and Blood Bowl flopped on launch, and Warhammer Online tanked laying off half the team, that
they have to try taking pot-shots at my character with ugly little remarks in their half-assed
imitation of the classic (1987) Rogue Trader roleplaying game.
I've got my own company and my own
sci-fi war property in development now, which is hardly as based on prior art as GW's use of Judge
Dread shoulder plates, storm troopers, blasters, Terminator-like assassin droids, Protestant-Catholic
hate speech, British Naval discipline and English pride in military folly, and copies of "Alien" on
the back of the Tyranid Hive Tyrant (epic, 1st edition).
The days I was a fan were old school horror-sci-fi. I'm glad they didn't go bankrupt like FASA, but
crass remarks and comparisons to dead animals really do cross a line in good writer's use of terms.
It's not like I wasn't hosting the No 1 website for 40K online for several years in college, or didn't
miss the letter from Jervis acknowledging my support of the hobby, to think this latest crack is an
accidental use of my pen name (1996-2010) in their book (2009).
I've written custom rules to improve the game, been asked if they could be used in tournaments by
players, coined terms about 'editions' and phases of GW art and history, and published very non-commercial
fan-codex books (when people were being threatened for even writing rules for the game) - which then
changed the title use of the official books (because they got the Latin wrong!).
So, for some jackass to imply that my site or my work is stolen in light of how much Games Workshop
owes its entire license to other people is probably the worst mistake the company could EVER make.
In real life my job relates to advising other companies about intellectual property limitations and
rights in competition with firms like GW UK.
I have been lax in my duties, apparently, if this is
the attitude that publishers at GWUK have taken with my "registered tradename" in their book. Like
the failed attempts to trademark "Codex", "Ork", "Eldar", "Marine", "Titan" etc. - this will not end
well for GWUK. A few articles on the demonology the 40K game is based on, including blood sacrifices
and sexual images in the "Lost and the Damned" books by the firm - and this will be over quickly.
Who are they trying to fool? Parents, or their kids? Dawn of War "Soulstorm" had human sacrifice and
soul collectors, torture cages, and women in chains on a battle barge.
I would love to see the World
market zoom in on those products when we talk about their tournaments aimed at 13-16 year old children,
and organization selling to that market. Really... do we want to do this?
House Shadis Founder,